A handful of students from UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT, were provided a unique opportunity to get their hands dirty with some real-work experience with TILT on the new UTS Reading Rooms sun shading system.
A paid internship working alongside TILT’s experienced team of industrial designers and engineers on an innovative project has provided invaluable experience and a great reference for their CV when entering the workforce.
“The sun shading is highly practical and will provide variable shading from the harsh western sun,” explains Simon Thorby, a final year Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering student who was one of the interns working with Tilt on the installation. “The stunning geometric design also adds to the overall building image and is a real feature of that northern aspect.”
Simon has has been working alongside Mads Haugestad, another final year Mechanical Engineering student, after a lecturer invited interested students to apply to be part of the project team.
TILT’s Managing Director Tim Phillips states, the decision to offer paid work experience to UTS students was an easy one.
“The benefit in employing engineering students over other short-term workers is that we know we’ll have people assisting who are enthusiastic, keen to learn and have a good technical understanding,” he says.
“For the students, it’s a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience on a large live project before entering the workforce and a great reference for their CV. Mads, Simon and the other UTS interns have gained experience in technical assembly, technical engineering and problem solving, and have been able to put their engineering skills into practice.”
Simon agrees that the internship has helped him develop a broad range of practical skills, as well as his communication and project management abilities. “We’ve had insight into the importance of liaising with other contractors working across this massive project, so that everyone on site has the access and resources they need,” he says.