Electrical switchgear engineers NOJA Power Switchgear announces the entry of engineering student Norton Kelly-Boxall into the company’s engineering cadetship scheme.
NOJA Power’s cadetship program is designed to develop the practical skills of engineering undergraduates to accelerate their effectiveness when they enter industry. Given the alarm bells sounded by Engineers Australia about the impact of a shortage of engineers on Australian prosperity, NOJA Power’s initiative takes on additional significance.
The leading professional body for engineers in Australia, Engineers Australia observes that Australia needs to produce enough engineering professionals to develop its own infrastructure, as well as contribute in an international context.
Kelly-Boxall is a first year student at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where he is studying for a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng.) degree. Kelly-Boxall was selected from over a hundred applicants and a shortlist of 12. He attends QUT for four days a week and spends the other weekday, and his university breaks, adhering to a structured program of practical training in the research, design, manufacture and test of NOJA Power’s products at its Brisbane facilities.
The scheme provides Kelly-Boxall with an engineering cadet wage for the four-year duration of his course. After graduation, NOJA Power will employ him as an engineer for three years, providing a fast start to his career with professional experience.
Jay Manne, NOJA Power’s Engineering Director explains that they were keen to identify a candidate who had spent time building things and was generally familiar with the ‘design, prototype, test, refine’ process used in manufacturing.
According to Manne, Norton exemplifies the kind of undergraduate engineer they sought to select for the program as he is very practical and enjoys putting things together. On the production line at NOJA Power he picked up the assembly tasks very quickly, and was also able to identify some areas of the current production process that could benefit from changes.
Norton Kelly-Boxall adds that the cadetship allows him to get involved with designing a commercial NOJA Power product alongside experienced engineers, enabling him to gain invaluable practical experience while equipping him with additional theoretical knowledge on top of the degree course.
In addition to engineering cadetships, NOJA Power offers electrical apprenticeships and sponsors a PhD scholarship at the University of Queensland each year as part of the company’s R&D program.