The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s outreach program for the Year 10 work experience week has been operating for 12 years. Due to the success of the program the School’s Industry Advisory Committee decided to increase the student intake from 60 to 90 in 2022. In September 2022 90 high school students joined CVEN academics and industry partners on various sites around Sydney to experience the great world of civil and environmental engineering.

In keeping with our aims of inclusivity and diversity, the program reached out to students from regional NSW as well as local Sydney schools. We welcomed students from the Blue Mountains, Bowral, Central Coast, Cowra, Grafton, Illawarra, Lithgow, Lisarow, Maclean, Moree, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, and Yamba. One third of the students were girls.

The students appreciated visiting a wide variety of civil engineering sites – in progress, accomplished and still in creative development – including Barangaroo, Centennial Parklands, Richards Crookes Construction at Redfern, John Holland project at Rozelle Interchange Westconnex, Laing O’Rourke’s ‘Innovation Space’ at North Sydney, Martin Place Metro (Arup) , Multiplex New Sydney Fish Markets, Seacliff Bridge, Stanwell Tops, Sydney Gateway Project at Mascot,  Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Transport fNSW,  UNSW Driving Simulator Transport Lab,  and laboratories at UNSW Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and UNSW Water Research Laboratory at Manly Vale.

A big shout out to our industry and event partners and their staff who opened their worlds to the enthusiastic and appreciative youngsters. As well as companies mentioned above, our thanks must go to City of Sydney Surveyors, CPB, LendLease and PSM for your support. You all had a remarkable impact and will have influenced many new career paths and choices. At the very least, the week increased the students’ understanding of the myriad of opportunities and uses offered by a career in civil and environmental engineering.

Thanks to the generous support from all our School industry partners –- whose funding makes this annual event possible. 

Year 10 students at Central station surveying exercise

Year 10 students at Central station surveying exercise

Year 10 students at Laing O'Rourke's innovation space

Year 10 students at the Sydney Opera House

Year 10 students at WRL

Our grateful thanks also to all the UNSW staff who dedicated their time to showcase an area of engineering – Faculty and School academics, researchers, professional and laboratory staff who were on, or supporting the outreach team, ready to guide, take care of and inspire the Year 10s! 

The week was not just about viewing engineering sites or listening to brief expert lectures but required the students to engage in many group and individual exercises, as well as daily report writing. It was as one young student said ‘an amazing and educative experience.’

 ‘The program allowed me to gain a profound insight into civil and environmental engineering and it has provided me with the information and understanding required to make definitive decisions regarding my future career.’

Big shout out to our UNSW folk - Phil Allen, Maryam Bostanara, Laarni Caluducan, Andres Felipe Calderon Hurtado, Grace Carlino, Nadav Cohen, Reilly Cox, Steve Davis, Dominique Djaidiguni, Kurt Douglas, Julien Epps, Stefan Felder, Ruth Fisher, Francois Flocard, Hassan Habibi Gharakheili, Mikael Gilbert, Paul Gwynne, Ehab Hamed, Mitch Harley, Bruce Harvey, Robert Holdom, Arturo Huamanlazo, Georgios Konstantinou, Katie Jacka, Mohsen Kalantir, Hiruni Kammanankada, Ali Kashani, Pierre Le Clech, Maria Lee, Clarissa Lu, Simon Maunder, Brett Miller, Ben Modra, Milad Mousavi, Daniel O’Shea, Warassamon (Kate) Phokephiboon, Badal Pokharel, Paula Ploysarak, Craig Roberts, Julius Secadiningrat, Johnson Shen, Kristen Splinter, Bojan Tamburic, Linjie Tang, Marina Tedesco, Lina Tesoriero, Adrian Vivekanandan, Patrick Vuong, Rachael Wang,  Ruohan (Ricky) Wang, Johnson Wong, Shane Xie, Yincai Zhou, and Charlotte Zhu. What a great team we have at UNSW Engineering!

And finally, a very special thanks to the coordinator of it all – School of Civil & Environmental Engineering Special Projects Manager Tricia Tesoriero - who in the midst of all the work and whirl, texted ‘Having a great week, the kids are brilliant and beautiful.’

Applications for next year’s program will be accepted from February 2022. Students need to apply through the Career Advisor at their School. For more information about this program please contact