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Ive been accepted into B. Engineering degree at ANU!

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by pringa8, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. Woohoo! After studying last year in a pre-tertiary course, i'm entering uni as mature age to become an engineer! Being that there seems to be a few on here, if you can suggest some initial reading I can do, that would be great!

    Other part to this story is I had to twist their arm to offer me a position though. I didn't apply myself in Yr12 back in 97 and as a result, my marks could have been a lot better. So I did the pre-tertiary course which gives you a new equivelant UAI, (TER in my day) and my marks were great! The dumb thing is though, they still used my old score as the basis!! I was like, what the?? That was over a decade ago, and look how i'm doing now! Seems a bit stupid given they're trying to encourage mature entry, especially in an industry with skills shortage.
  2. Congrats. Being a mature student is great. Most of the "rules" don't apply, the staff take you seriously (provided you show a little motiovation) and, in my limited experience, all the attractive girlies on the course will gravitate towards you because you're a past-it non-threat :grin: .

    As far as preparation is concerned, being interested in things mechanical, with a decent general knowledge of how mechanisms work and how materials behave will stand you in good stead. My own experience of breaking knackered old motor vehicles gave me a good grounding.

    Initial reading is hard to recommend as good general texts are unusual. Aside from the various necessary textbooks for my course, most of my semi-formal background reading came from spending idle time browsing the engineering section of the uni library and devouring anything that interested me personally, without regard to its immediate relevance to the course.

    Examples include:-

    Slide Rule; Neville Shute's autobiography. Very engineering relevant with a historical perspective.

    The New Science of Strong Materials or Why Things Don't Fall Down by J E Gordon; Excellent, readable book. Thoroughly recommended and available from Amazon.

    Structures or Why Things Don't Fall Down also by J E Gordon and available from Amazon. Also excellent.

    I'd also recommend having a look at www.camdenmin.co.uk and browsing their book list. Although they're perhaps more oriented towards the hobby/model/amateur craft engineer than the academic, there is much of interest to anyone with a technical bent. Pick stuff of interest to you and you will almost certainly gain insights which can be applied more generally in your course and subsequent professional career.

    Good luck :) .
  3. Congratulations.
  4. Congrats man, that's fantastic.
  5. Well done mate, congratulations
  6. Thanks guys, and thanks for the references to those books. I'll just have make sure I dont get in trouble with the girlies otherwise the missus will kill me!!! :grin:

    I still find it weird that after basically doing my yr12 again, they dont count that and only look at the old marks??? From over a decade ago!
  7. Well done mate! ANU's O-week is usual pretty good, better see you there!
  8. Oops, that should have been The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor by J E Gordon.

    Yes, the use of your old marks does sound a bit odd. However, now you're in it should also be irrelevant so don't sweat it too much.

    As for the female company, serious involvements aren't compulsory. It's just nice to have people around who aren't male engineers :grin: . And (again in my limited experience) they tend to be the best project managers in group projects by a substantial margin.
  9. Congratulations!

    Chose your stream/industry/field/etc carefully, the above comment is not accross all disciplines.
  10. Yes, very true! I should just go for the money - mining!!! :LOL:
  11. A lot of engineers don't work in the exact field they specialised in at university.

    Math. If you didn't do much math in your pre-tertiary course I'd spend some time refreshing your knowledge. University engineering courses are very math intensive. Especially if you do Mech or Elec. Lots of calculus coming your way.
  12. Yeah i've done the bridging courses on calculus, trig and algebra, plus physics and chemistry! It was a busy year!

    really i'm hoping to be in the automotive industry, but I know how difficult that is. Anything to do with materials, etc would be fantastic.

  13. aaah the memories, how much you will enjoy La'Place Transforms and Fourier Series.

    Aaaarghhh, Automotive - Not difficult at all, PM me if you want me to talk you out of it or give you the lowdown on what I think is the only decent area.