Shaping the Future of Railway Event - 11 Sept 2018
The third annual ‘Shaping the Future of Railway’ industry-student engagement event hosted by the Institute of Railway Technology (IRT) in conjunction with the Monash University Faculty of Engineering, took place on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at Monash University, Green Chemical Futures building. This well attended event was supported by several senior railway managers and engineers from the Australian railway industry.
Continuing to recognise the demand for young graduates within the sector, IRT once again organised the forum to facilitate interaction between railway industry leaders and Monash students and to highlight career opportunities that they may not previously have considered by the students.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Enterprise), Professor Ken Sloan, opened the forum and indicated that Monash is lucky to have IRT because it’s well connected to industry partners not just in Australia but all over the world and it has real world experience of delivering projects in different countries. This is a massive asset to be able to share with our students. It opens up a massive network of partners they can meet and exposes them to real projects that have been delivered in real time. This is always a great thing for students when they are deciding on what they want to do.
Attendees heard industry leaders outline major rail projects already in the works, plans for the future and some of the challenges they face in the delivery of these projects. The common theme from the railway operators, manufacturers, construction and maintenance companies was that they are seeking to rapidly grow their engineering capacity to meet the tremendous growth in the sector.
More than 180 people attended the three-hour event, which included presentations by senior managers and representatives from organisations including Cross Yarra Partnership, Engineers Australia (EA), Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), Rail Projects Victoria (RPV), BHP, Alstom, Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA), Siemens Mobility, Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA), Downer and the Monash Institute of Railway Technology (IRT). At the conclusion of presentations, more than 90 industry participants and IRT staff joined the students in a networking session.