Sabastian rediscovers his love for engineering

Fri 25 August 2017

Sabastian sitting at his desk at Cummins

Sabastian lives in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and is a student at Swinburne University. In the summer before his final year of his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree, Sabastian applied to participate in the Australian Network on Disability’s (AND) Stepping Into program. Stepping Into is a paid work experience program connecting students with disability to Australian employers.

One of the 42 organisations that participated in the summer 2016/17 Stepping Into program was Cummins South Pacific, a global engineering and manufacturing company. Sab was successful in being offered the position of Automotive Engineering Intern at Cummins’ head office in Scoresby.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the long-term and I wanted this internship to help me decide whether or not I wanted to be an engineer.”

Sab worked part time over an 8-week block, reporting directly to the Cummins South Pacific Managing Director. He worked intensively on a piping design project and had the opportunity to present his work to the South Pacific Executive Team at the end of his placement.

“Not only did I get to sharpen my CAD (Computer Aided Design) skills and present my project to the executive team, but I got to work in an office environment for the first time ever and practice my office banter. I received a lot of friendly advice, built my confidence and bonded with the other Cummins’ interns. The lack of routine inherent to the job was a challenge for me but I learned to adapt. Now I can say I would love to return to work at Cummins as an engineer.”

Sab’s experience in the Stepping Into program has helped him decide where he would like his career to take him. He is about to graduate as a mechanical engineer and hopes to someday contribute to a life-changing project, perhaps something that makes interstellar travel a possibility.  He advises any student considering applying for Stepping Into to do it!

“A Stepping Into internships allows you the change to gain new skills and build your networks. While you’re on placement, I recommend you seize every opportunity that presents itself!”

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