Jacob Stanford loves the practical, hands-on work of engineers. They get to tinker, solve problems and make the world work better.
‘I have always liked taking things apart, since I was very young, so I suppose there has always been an engineer inside me,’ says Jacob. ‘I love being able to logically work through problems to reach the most efficient outcome possible.’
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduate was a recipient of a Liberty Steel Engineering Scholarship, supported by Australia’s largest manufacturer of long steel products.
Jacob was drawn to Swinburne because of the practical focus of the engineering program. ‘I much prefer to learn by doing rather than reading and listening,’ he says. ‘My main reason for choosing Swinburne was due to its well-known reputation for practical studies and the high success of graduates finding work in their field.’
Jacob says the scholarship has offered him more than financial support — it has provided him with real world experience, and even a job.
During the 2017 summer holiday break, Jacob completed a three month placement at Liberty Steel’s Laverton plant, fixing and monitoring heavy machinery. When Jacob studied overseas on exchange, a Liberty Steel colleague put him in touch with steel plants to visit in the UK. Regular contact with the Laverton plant helped him learn more about how steel mills work and improved his engineering skills in general.