Honeywell Summer School

Honeywell Summer School

Applications will open in May 2014.

The Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS) took place from 1 – 6 December 2013 and once again was an extensive week jam-packed full of highlights and interesting visits.

HESS is an Engineers Australia Sydney Division initiative supported by Honeywell, NSW ‘Engineering’ Universities and participating Rotary Districts, and this year was hosted by the University of NSW. The principal aim of HESS is to give NSW and ACT high school students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in everyday life, as well as the ability to visit engineering universities to aid in their selection of university.

The Australian National Engineering Taskforce (ANET), of which Engineers Australia is a member, reported that “Australia produces 6000 graduates annually, which is half of our annual workforce needs.” The Summer School is a resource to ensure that young people have engineering in the forefront of their minds when looking at career options

The 2013 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 the host university – University of NSW who also facilitated the Farewell Dinner at Coogee Diggers during the week.

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 (Host University); University of Technology, Sydney; University of Sydney; University of Western Sydney; Macquarie University; and the University of Wollongong.

Site visits included Honeywell; Weir Minerals, RAAF Base, ANSTO, BlueScope Steel, Barangaroo and WesTrac.

Another significant program inclusion was the Careers evening, held on Tuesday 3 December. The evening provided the students with the opportunity to meet and talk informally with a broad range of engineers. Guests included –

  • Matthew Tildesley, Defence;
  • Damith Herath, Robological;
  • Jonathan Barnes, Transport NSW;
  • Isabel Duffy, Northrop;
  • Nabeel Darwish, Aecom;
  • Isabelle Testoni, WMA Water;
  • Sam Lumley, Schneider Electric;
  • Phillip Lathourakis, Arup;
  • Oliver Jones, Jemena; and
  • Darko Stevanovic, Custom Energy Solutions Pty. Ltd


In response to the Survey Report question of “do you think you will go on to study engineering”, the response was overwhelming with 99% 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 Evening guests, and last but certainly not least, the live-in houseparents from University of NSW – without their hard work and dedication the program would not be possible, and the students who all contributed in making HESS 2013 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

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