QUT Civil Engineering student, Daniel Chaille


Nick: As an engineer, anything is possible. Engineers create, and they provide solutions
to real-world problems. At QUT, your engineering degree is all about
the real world. So now let’s hear what it’s like to study Civil Engineering. Daniel: Hi I’m Danny and I study Civil Engineering
at QUT. Civil Engineering is the design, plan, construction
and operation of many different infrastructure aspects of our society. So from roads, bridges, tunnels, underground
pipe networks and large high-rise construction design. I chose to study Civil Engineering because
it has a lot of elements of creativity involved in the structural design process. So I like to express my creativity through
structural design. So my first year in Civil Engineering involved many common units, so
that really helped me out because I wasn’t sure what major I wanted to go into. So I got a taste of mechanical engineering,
electrical engineering and everything in between. That sort of really made it really as to what
I would do later on. So my second year of Civil Engineering involved
a lot more specific civil engineering subjects. So that involved the actual design and construction
of a small portal frame and that was a really good experience to design something and then
actually test it to its physical limits. My third year began with me completing a six-month
exchange in Germany which I was part of an internship program with HOCHTIEF and got to
study in Germany while the world cup was on which was an awesome experience. So my internship in Germany as part of my
QUT Exchange semester allowed me to be a part of a large-scale project in Saudi-Arabia for
a new city design of 200,000 inhabitants. That was a really large-scale opportunity
with lots of different aspects coming from all over the world, designs with international
partners, and I was really excited to be a part of that opportunity. So in my second year of Civil Engineering,
I was part of a large university project in which we had to design a new eco-friendly
residential facility. This involved actually going out to an existing
facility, in Coomera, and observing the different techniques of design on an existing structure
and bringing that back into the university setting and putting that together in a formal
report. So my work-integrated-learning or “WIL Experience”
began with my internship overseas in Germany and ended with my working here in Australia
for a large engineering construction company, McConnell Dowell. Through them I’ve been working for large
rail projects with a tendering team trying to win the work for the company to then go
out and build. So I’ve learnt many different aspects of
construction management and also civil design.

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