Honeywell Summer School
Applications for 2015 will open in May.
The Honeywell Engineering Summer School Program (HESS) is an initiative supported by Honeywell, Engineers Australia - Sydney Division, NSW ‘Engineering’ Universities and participating Rotary Clubs. HESS is in its fifteenth session and the aim of the summer school is to give NSW and ACT high school students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in every day life. HESS also provides the students with the opportunity to aid them in their decision of which engineering discipline and university they wish to study.
Students will meet and interact with professional engineers employed by government, private companies, researchers and academics in a wide range of engineering disciplines. They will gain valuable insight into career opportunities available to men and women in engineering. Visits to industry will provide a valuable opportunity to gain first hand experience in the role of Professional Engineers in a wide range of activities, including the management of major projects.
The Honeywell Engineering Summer School 2015 will run from Sunday, 6 to Friday 11 December 2015. HESS will bring together 100 students from across NSW and ACT who are about to enter their final year of high school (Year 12) and who are faced with choices which will influence their future careers.
Successful applicants will spend 6 days living at Dunmore Lang College (DLC). During HESS, students will attend lectures/demonstrations at the following Universities: University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, University of Western Sydney, Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong.
Through these interactive sessions, HESS will provide students with valuable insights into the many aspects of a wide range of engineering disciplines. Along with attending university lectures, there will be industrial visits where students can see the different engineering disciplines at work.
HESS will be a great experience full of practical engineering activities, with lots of fun activities as well as evening social programs.
Honeywell Engineering Summer School 2014
The 2014 Honeywell Engineering Summer School took place from 7 – 12 December 2014 and once again was a successful week jam-packed with exciting and interesting visits!
The 2014 Honeywell Engineering Summer School brought together 100 Year 11 students from across NSW and ACT. 80% of the students were from regional areas and half of the students were funded or partly funded by local Rotaries and High Schools. The students were accommodated at Dunmore Lange College, North Ryde, and mentored for the week by live-in houseparents, themselves Engineering students from all the supporting universities. The Farewell Dinner was held on Thursday 11 December at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club where a small awards ceremony took place followed by dinner and dancing.
Throughout the week-long program the Summer School students met and interacted with professional engineers from a wide range of engineering backgrounds; which additionally provided the students with valuable insight into career opportunities available to women and men in engineering. Their visits to participating engineering companies provided the students with the rare opportunity to gain first-hand experience in regard to the role of professional engineers and provided them with the opportunity to understand the role of engineers in society and the variety of engineering disciplines.
The students attended lectures and hands on demonstrations at the University of NSW; University of Technology, Sydney; University of Sydney; University of Western Sydney; Macquarie University; and the University of Wollongong.
Site visits included Honeywell; SITA Resource Facility, RAAF Base, ANSTO, BlueScope Steel and Barangaroo.
The last day of the program was wrapped up with the Careers Morning talk where students were able to meet real life engineers. The morning provided the students with the opportunity to meet and talk informally with a broad range of engineers. Our special guests included –
- Janice Yousheyah - Coffey Geotechnics
- Chris Turner - Advisian
- Alex Metelerkamp - Zenogen
- Steve Johnson-Hill - Aurecon
- Jade Gan - Worley Parsons
- Daniel Sartor – TransGrid
- Nicholas Murray - Honeywell
- Adrian Zeglin - Honeywell
- Kathryn Silvester – Sydney Water
In response to the Survey Report question of “do you think you will go on to study engineering”, the response was overwhelming with 98% responding YES, with civil engineering identified as the discipline the majority of the students wish to study at university followed by mechatronic and aeronautical engineering.
Each year HESS becomes increasingly more popular, and therefore more difficult for students to gain and secure a placement in the program. Applications open in May, with brochures sent to all NSW and ACT High Schools, participating Rotary Clubs, and advertised on the Engineers Australia Sydney Division website.
Our sincere thanks are extended to Honeywell for their sponsorship, Rotary Clubs for their financial assistance to many of the students, the participating Universities, the people who made the site visits possible, careers talk guests, and last but certainly not least, the live-in houseparents from all our participating universities – without their hard work and dedication the program would not be possible, and the students who all contributed in making HESS 2014 a wonderful success!
"As I finished year 10, I knew I liked maths, science and design & technology, although I was unsure about my career prospects or what subjects to choose for my HSC. Engineering appealed to me but I did not know much about the courses available or the engineering career opportunities that existed. Living in regional NSW, it was hard to understand any courses that were offered. The Honeywell Summer School provided me with the chance to better understand engineering, give access and information to the universities and their courses and also to visit engineers working on projects. I was able to define my career aspirations. I have now completed my engineering degree and am working in one of Australia's superior construction companies - Abigroup Contractors. Thanks to The Honeywell Summer School I was able to identify my career direction, which is hard at such a young age. I would recommend to any HSC starters considering engineering as a career to attend the Honeywell Summer School, to gain clear insight into the vast opportunities that engineering offers in many fields." Glen O'Brien