Got what it takes to become an engineer?
STUDENTS from across the North Coast gave up a day of their school holidays to see what it takes to be an engineer.
They participated in a new program offered by Southern Cross University to encourage high school students to explore a career as an engineer.
The students conducted experiments in water essentials, waste water treatment and humanitarian engineering, and they also got to meet course lecturers and students.
Dean of Engineering at SCU, Professor Scott Smith, said the course was a good opportunity for students.
"Choosing a career can be a difficult decision, and we hope SCU Young Engineers will go a long way to support young people in deciding whether engineering is a career for them," Professor Smith said.
For students attending the course who were still unsure of their future career direction, it was a day well spent.
Stephanie Schultz from Emmanuel Anglican College wasn't sure what she wanted to do when she finished school, but said she knew that she wanted to do something to help people. She said humanitarian engineering might be the path for her.
"I want to do a career that helps people," Ms Schultz said.
"I'm looking at engineering because science is cool and it's actual real world applying it."
The School of Environment, Science and Engineering at SCU offers Honours degrees in civil engineering (with a pathway to environmental engineering) and mechanical engineering.