Challenger TAFE Engineering student, Lucas Murray, has received a flying start to his career with a $2500 scholarship.
Airservices Australia presented the Yangebup resident with the Technological Scholarship for Excellence at a recent ceremony at Perth Domestic Airport.
Lucas, who is currently completing his Diploma of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Challenger TAFE's Fremantle Campus in Beaconsfield, plans to put the scholarship funds toward his Advanced Diploma studies in 2009, and said a longstanding interest in computers motivated him to study engineering.
“I’ve always been into computers, particularly the hardware side of things because there is something tangible to get hands-on with,” he said.
“What really inspires me is designing something and then bringing it to life and making it work.”
Lecturer in Electronic Engineering, Steve Lay, said Lucas was a model student who applied himself diligently and was always looking to achieve more.
“You could only hope that every student was as committed as Lucas. His rigorous approach to his work and his continual striving to improve himself are the keys to his success,” he said.
Lucas was reciprocal in his praise of Challenger TAFE's lecturing staff.
“The support is fantastic. They make the time to help you as much as you need, and if, like me, you have a passion for electronics they’ll take extra time out for you,” he said.
Airservices Australia Operations Manager, Colin Stephen, said the award was presented annually to recognise and encourage an outstanding young engineer.
The awards presentation ceremony was followed by a tour of Air Traffic Control operations at the airport, which Lucas enjoyed with his parents, Colin and Carol.
The whole event held an air of nostalgia for the Murray family, with Colin having worked in electronics, and Carol having worked as a draughtsperson with the former Department of Aviation at the same premises now occupied by Airservices Australia.
And while Lucas is also considering a career in aviation, for now he is concentrating on applying himself to the completion of his studies.