Boeing visits Melbourne School of Engineering as part of Industry Series

By Melbourne School of Engineering

Boeing 787 wing in flight with wingflex and dark blue sky

Earlier this month, Boeing representatives Andrew Glynn (Program Manager, Phantom Works International) and Michael Skeen (Senior Systems Engineer) were joined at an MSE Industry Series event by over 50 engineering and IT students eager to hear about their experience in the profession.

Launched this year, the Industry Series provides MSE students with the opportunity to attend extracurricular presentations and networking opportunities delivered by industry professionals.

Having both graduated from the University of Melbourne after studying mechanical engineering, Glynn and Skeen illustrated how diverse the career opportunities are for engineers and the many pathways that graduates may consider.

Glynn spoke of his 17 years with the organisation which included career highlights such as relocating to Seattle in the United States to work in an international team developing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Skeen detailed his career in the defence industry and how this led to him working within Boeing Defence Australia (BDA), a wholly-owned Boeing subsidiary.

Both Glynn and Skeen encouraged students to consider a career in the Defence industry, noting that with huge growth occurring in the industry it is an opportune time for graduates to enter — particularly those graduating with STEM qualifications.

Boeing representatives presenting in lecture theatreBoeing’s Andrew Glynn and Michael Skeen present to MSE students

Attendees also learnt of Boeing’s Graduate Program, which consists of rotations throughout the business and provides graduates with a mentor from within the organisation. Glynn described how graduates within the program are part of the core team from day one and are encouraged to contribute to solving problems alongside everyone else.

Skeen spoke to the importance of students possessing professional skills and that “people skills” like teamwork, communication and presentation skills will help graduates rise to the top and stand out during the application process, as well as throughout their career.

The pair spoke passionately about their time with the organisation, citing the company’s values and culture, as well as their exposure to interesting and challenging work, as being a key motivator for them throughout their careers at Boeing.

For more information about Boeing career opportunities, please see here.

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