One of those graduates, Callan Halton, now works full-time at Siemens as a software developer on MindSphere.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the Associate Degree,” Mr Halton says. “It was great to learn about industrial technology and then go into the workplace and practise it. One of my personal highlights was spending a month in Huntingwood, NSW where myself and another apprentice got to experience a manufacturing environment in full-swing, at an Asahi bottling plant.”
Since last year, Callan has been teaching a portion of the Industrial Networking class to Swinburne’s first year Associate Degree students, covering cloud computing, databases and IoT, as well as web technologies.
“I try to keep the in-class projects to as closely simulate workplace tasks as possible, and it's been really rewarding to see the students using some of the things they have learnt in my class when they head back to the workplace,” he says.
Kaye Russell completed the Diploma of Applied Technologies (the first year of the Associate Degree) and is now permanently employed as a service engineer (Controls and Digitalisation) at Siemens Energy.
“Although I was already a mid-level professional, I did not hesitate to start again as an apprentice,” Kaye says.
“Studying the Associate Degree at Swinburne gave me the feeling of getting ahead. The work experience at Siemens was exceptional.
“The manufacturing conventions and the factory visits added value and a closer and bigger image of what the classroom lessons were all about. I treasure everything that I experienced. Not just the technical stuff but also the project presentation and reports.
“This apprenticeship program is the reason I am permanently employed by Siemens Energy now. Having the skills and knowledge gained from this program, I am well-equipped to do any job today and in the future.”