When joining Council as a first-year engineering student four years ago, Daniel O’Driscoll had his sights set on gaining practical experience while undertaking his degree.
As part of a CQUniversity partnership with Bundaberg Regional Council, Daniel was able to do his work placements at Council as well as gain early entry into the Engineering Graduate Program.
Graduating recently with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) and a Diploma of Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering), Daniel said he now feels a sense of relief.
“The time I previously allocated for assignments and study is now being utilised for time with family and friends,” he said.
“I have already noticed I feel much more relaxed when arriving home from work knowing that I don’t have to stress about which assessment is due next.”
Daniel said his time at Council was a valuable addition to studying his degree.
“This has led to experience in the Engineering Design, Infrastructure Planning, and Civil Works departments,” he said.
“The skills learned from colleagues in these areas had transferred across mto the units I was studying which meant the content was easier to understand.
“I plan to continue working at Bundaberg Regional Council within the Graduate Program so I can gain further experience in several engineering departments.
“I will then apply to become a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) when I am confident I have met the relevant engineering competencies.”