The average student anticipates school breaks for a reprieve from classes, teachers and the daily school schedule. Charles Sokohl, like most Minds Inspired Work Experience students, is far from average. An aspiring engineer, Charles chose to spend his mid-term break in October with Dart Development to experience his chosen field, engineering, first-hand.
“I already had an idea of engineering theory,” he said, “but I wanted to get some practical experience and I knew that [Dart Development] were the experts.”
His first and most important lesson came from Senior Health & Safety Manager Rohan Marshall. Charles’ work experience put him right in the centre of ongoing construction works. Like all Dart Development employees, he had to undergo proper safety training beforehand.
“Safety is a shared responsibility between every person that comes onto a site,” Rohan said. “One incident, no matter how small, can negatively impact an entire project so we make sure that our workers are always vigilant to prevent mishaps.”
With that in mind, Charles went to the One Nexus Way building construction site in Camana Bay where he shadowed Construction Engineer Bryce Rivers. “I learned that a construction engineer’s job is to oversee a project as it goes from being a design to an actual standing structure,” said Charles. “I was amazed at the scale of the project as well as the level of detail that it involved.”
Charles then put away his hard hat and joined the Dart Development Design team where he was able to use the same advanced design software they use to produce the plans for their projects. “Before my work experience, I was more interested in mechanical engineering, but now I would like to study design as well,” said Charles.
He spent the week rotating through each unit in Dart Development before getting a special chance to speak with the president, Cameron Graham, and with several of the Dart Development engineers.
“With university just two years away, I am glad I was able to speak with the engineers at Dart about which courses would be best for me,” he said. “The experience was definitely educational and I would love the opportunity to work at Dart again.”