Grant awarded to University of Melbourne automotive engineering graduate placement program
The University of Melbourne have been successful in their application to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) for funding of the Automotive Engineering Graduate Program (AEGP).
The program will enable 16 graduate placements each year with leading industry partners in the sector, to undertake projects to minimise environmental footprints of conventional and hybrid powertrains, develop technologies for light and medium duty electric vehicles, and provide frameworks for intelligent transport systems.
This level of engagement will lead to an up skilling of the local Australian automotive industry, provide evidence-based approaches for transport policy making, and the relocation of technical employment opportunities to Australian industry. It will leverage existing relationships with Ford and Robert Bosch, and develop new programs with SEA Electric and Easymile.
Dr Robert Gordon, Senior Lecture in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, cited the importance of the program for increasing the employability of AEGP alumni, and maximising the impact of the University’s research programs.
“Our graduates will be strongly placed to commence roles in the automotive industry, and the research outcomes during the program will not only advance the state-of-the-art in several automotive technologies, but also help lay a foundation for the development of future automotive transport,” said Dr Gordon.
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