Julie has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney, a Masters of Engineering Science in Electrical Engineering and a Cert 4 in Government Procurement. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and is the current President of Engineers Australia for Sydney.
She worked for the Department of Defence for many years, but has most recently started her own company called Engineering Business Pty Ltd.
Maths and science were Julie’s strengths growing up. She didn’t want to be sitting in the lab, she enjoyed being with people and naturally went towards engineering.
Julie’s first role was with the Department of Defence working on the F1-11 flight simulator.
While working for Defence, Julie was given a project to upgrade the circuit boards on a naval ship. To work on the engineering project from concept to completion, and then all the way through the legal aspect was incredible.
Through her company Engineering Business, Julie has worked with an international company, guiding them for a tender submission to the Department of Defence. Once a week they would meet over Skype, she would work with a virtual team that was essentially working around the clock due to the international time differences. The tender was successful and was incredibly satisfying to work on.
Hot Topic discussion
Engineering and ethics are being increasingly discussed.
“Engineers have to know that they are responsible for the impact of the work they are bringing in and think broadly about that.”
Education is pivotal to raising this topic with emerging engineers. “Universities have a role to play in educating on ethics and bringing that aspect to mind to the engineers that are coming out now.”
There is a lot of unnecessary fear about the future use of technology. And again, the solution lies in education. “Robots aren’t going to take over the world, all of these fears people have because there’s not enough educating them otherwise, there’s a responsibility there to fill that gap…”
Society has experienced massive changes before. “The main difference with this revolution is it’s faster, it’s coming faster.”
During this podcast, you will also reflect on:
Best part of being an engineer: “Seeing a concept actually go from idea to fruition… that’s the heart of engineering and the most exciting thing”
Being an engineer gives you more skills than what most people might realise. “it’s a method of thinking, it’s a way of learning that forces you to think in a particular way. I think you can apply that style of thinking to so many things”
The use of Skype has really allowed teams to work collaboratively from any location in the world.
Getting an engineering degree is the path for endless possibilities – “it is literally limitless what an engineering degree can do for you”
Engineers continue to get satisfaction in being able to identify their contribution to society.