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Calum Macdonald

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Mechanical Engineer




1. Masters of Mechanical Engineering - UWA

2. Bachelor of Engineering Science - UWA

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Calum is a Project Manager working within the construction industry for a design firm, having started his career as a Mechanical Engineer working in the Built Environment team, completing HVAC Design, Thermal Modelling and Energy Performance, from Sporting Stadiums to University Campuses.

He graduated from the University of Western Australia, with a Master of Mechanical Engineering,

where he also completed a Bachelor of Science prior. Having begun his career as a Mechanical Engineer, Calum came to realise that working as an Engineer wasn’t for him and transitioned his career to his current role as a Project Manager in the Construction Sector, being more interested in developing solutions with clients than designing them. The work involves working in a fast paced environment, working on multiple projects simultaneously, managing multiple people and strong communication skills.

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This episode features 27-year-old Mechanical Engineer – Calum Macdonald, who is currently working as a Project Manager within the construction industry, where he looks at areas such as HVAC Design, Thermal Modelling and Energy Performance for large infrastructure buildings. Calum started his career as a mechanical engineer, but quickly realized it wasn’t for him, so he eventually transitioned to a Project Manager, where is relied on managing multiple people and projects.

Top questions for Mechanical Engineer:

  • 1:17 – Why did you study engineering?

  • 2:46 – How did you decide what field of engineering you wanted pursuit?

  • 4:08 – What are the highlights of studying engineering in university? When did you realize this was right for you?

  • 4:56 – Did you have a back-up plan?

  • 5:42 – Is there any other areas worth studying to compliment engineering?

  • 7:15 – What are the main challenges of studying an engineering course in University?

  • 8:21 – How did you find a job once you graduated? (what was the process for you)

  • 10:11 – How different is working in industry compared to studying?

  • 13:02 – What is the salary when starting out and how far can you go?

  • 14:54 – What keeps you motivated in this role?

  • 15:39 – Do you see yourself in any other career path in the future?

  • 17:24 – Do you have any advice for students wanting to pursuit this career pathway?

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