Carly Sward

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours)

Carly completed her aerospace engineering degree at Monash and joined the Department of Defence Graduate Development Program in Canberra. Her graduate program ranged from providing technical and policy advice from her desk in Canberra to touring military bases around the country. “I have been involved in planning for large infrastructure developments, completed training courses in strategy and communication and also explored equipment such as F/A-18s, Abrams tanks and everything in-between” she says.

During the first graduate rotation, Carly was involved in land management and developing Biosecurity policy within the Infrastructure Division. Her second rotation was in the Defence Intelligence Organisation and involved technical analysis of weapons systems and emerging technologies. She also represented Defence in meetings with other Commonwealth and State officials and visited several bases and training areas within Australia.

In the last year of her aerospace degree Carly joined Aerosonde Ltd, a company in Clayton involved in UAV development. “I was assigned to help design and develop an aircraft launcher. My tasks ranged from technical drawings to hands-on construction and testing. This work helped in my decision to pursue graduate employment in the Department of Defence.

Carly says she found the learning environment at Monash supportive and the availability of state-of-the-art equipment in workshops, laboratories and testing facilities developed the technical skills industry employers demand. She found that “the knowledge and understanding of emerging aerospace technologies, particularly materials, has been highly sought after, as have my critical thinking skills” at work and adds “Often the things that seem least relevant at university turn out to be of fundamental importance in the workplace”.

Carly Sward

Carly says she found the learning environment at Monash supportive and the availability of state-of-the-art equipment in workshops, laboratories and testing facilities developed the technical skills industry employers demand.