Navy speaks with indigenous engineering candidates

Published on LEUT Luke Marconi (author), Indigenous Australian Engineering School (photographer)

Location(s): University of Sydney, NSW

Commodore Colin Dagg and Lieutenant Luke Marconi talking to Indigenous Australian Engineering School students. (photo: Indigenous Australian Engineering School)
Commodore Colin Dagg and Lieutenant Luke Marconi talking to Indigenous Australian Engineering School students.

Director Engineering - Navy, Commodore Colin Dagg, has presented on his experiences in Navy, including Defence Force career options for engineers, to indigenous students.

The presentation was part of number of sessions held at the 21st Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES) Community Session at the University of Sydney in January.

“Speaking at the Engineering School is always enjoyable,” Commodore Dagg said. 

“IAES is an important conduit to connect with indigenous young people who are thinking hard about their future. Quite a few of these students are venturing in new and different directions and will benefit from the advice and experience from Navy and industry Engineers.

“Information and guidance provided by this initiative, along with future mentoring by Engineering Aid Australia, will help support the next generation of indigenous engineers.”

IAES is held annually for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who arrive from around the country to participate in the free seven-day Engineering School. Each year a school is held in Sydney and another in Perth. The IAES program is coordinated by Engineering Aid Australia (EAA), a non-profit organisation, focused on encouraging indigenous young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 to consider tertiary studies and future careers in engineering. 

Many indigenous students obtain internships and employment with EAA’s Sponsors. More than 600 students have participated in the program and Engineering Aid Australia maintains contact with past IAES participants.

Commodore Dagg also joined in a forum led by representatives from major engineering organisations including Aurecon, Laing O’Rourke, ARUP and Transport for NSW. Each presenter provided useful organisation-specific information and answered students’ questions.

Presentations were followed by a networking session where students could mingle and talk to each organisation about different opportunities available. Commodore Dagg and Navy Lieutenant Luke Marconi spoke with interested students about the scope of engineering roles in Defence, from Army Civil Engineering through to Marine Engineering within Navy.