REPLAY Industrial Revolution 4.0 with Trish White
Season 2, Episode 18
Welcome Season 2 Episode 18
The 4th Industrial Revolution – there is a shift in engineering practice and jobs are changing very drastically
FYI: 1st Industrial Revolution was around Steam power, 2nd was electricity & assembly lines, and the 3rd was due to computers and automation.
This 4th Revolution is about the merging of the cyber and the physical…
What sets it apart from the last industrial revolution is the pace and the scope of it. It is affecting every industry in nearly every country and it’s happening quite quickly
The “T-shaped engineer” is required – employees are looking for engineers that can pull information from multiple and new sources.
Even the specialists we didn’t expect to get disrupted (medical & legal) are being disrupted by technology. However, the difference with engineers is
value that we create is not just in our knowledge based, nor is it just in the processes we use, it’s the integration of all of that towards a problem solved end.
Trish has been involved in the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce which has morphed into an advanced manufacturing forum. It has a number of representatives from across all areas of society, including representatives from the union movement, because
a lot of this change is about people’s jobs and work and the nature of work
This taskforce has the job of helping the nation to determine what could be the preferred future for Australia. Engineers Australia, through Trish’s involvement, is helping with this task.
Extra discussions during the episode
Advice for future engineers: Be future-ready and get into engineering
Look to the future. Get a good grounding in your skill set and look at engineering.
Engineering item Trish admires: Wi-Fi
Engineer Trish admires: Her father
So many people in the world tell you, “you can’t”, you need the people you look up to, to tell you, “you can”.
About The Hon. Trish White
Everything I’ve done in my career, the value I’ve brought, I’ve put back to my training as an engineer
The Hon. Trish White is the National President and Chair of Engineers Australia, which is the peak professional engineering body. She received a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland, and obtained a BA in Mathematics & Economics.
Her engineering career really proves the amazing things that can be accomplished. She’s held Senior Executive roles, Directorships and Chairs for government bodies, international businesses, universities and commissions.
And to round all that out, she is the representative of Taylor in the South Australian House of Assembly for the Australian Labour Party.
My career purpose has always been to solve problems for people
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