The University of Newcastle, Australia

New pairs logic with imagination. That’s been the case for Master of Professional Engineering student Nicholas Woodley, who’s passion to create has been fuelled by a fascination by the way things work.

“I always enjoyed taking things apart and finding out how and why they work. Through high school I found I had an affinity for maths and physics, along with liking to get my hands dirty and work with tools to build and create.”

“A path into an engineering degree was the next logical step.”

After completing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle in 2016, a conversation with a senior lecturer got Nicholas thinking about the potential for postgraduate study to propel his career to new and exciting heights.

“They mentioned a new Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) program. It was a mixture of the course structure and the length of the program that really pique my interest.”

“To think that I could spend just one more year studying and walk away with a postgraduate degree, and with deeper knowledge of my own field – as well as being able to draw on skills from other areas of study of my choice – I was sold.”

Nicholas says the program has delivered on its promise – diversifying his skills and allowing him to develop advanced knowledge in project management, complex problem solving, innovation and communications.

“The core courses focused on both research, and design work which are two areas that I have a passion for.”

He says this, coupled with the opportunity to choose elective units from anywhere in the University, was a winning combination.

For Nicholas, it’s the potential for engineering to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing the world today that keeps driving him forward.

“I’d really like to be able to tackle the big and complex problems that are going to be arising over the coming years.”

With a Master of Professional Engineering almost behind him, he’s optimistic and excited for what the future holds.

“I want to become as well-rounded and skilled an engineer as possible. Ideally, I would be aiming for Chartership or maybe even open a consulting firm.”

“My hope is that the MPE program will help propel me ahead of other candidates and even open doorways that I didn’t think were possible.”

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Nicholas Woodley

Nicholas has always been fascinated by the way things work, he's excited to tackle complex problems and propel his career opportunities through studying a Master of Engineering.

I always enjoyed taking things apart and finding out how and why they work.