SUNSHINE Coast engineering students Dan Armstrong and Stephen Kime are swapping their summer holidays for 12 weeks work experience with Unitywater.
The ambitious students will explore the ins and outs of the coast's water supply and sewerage network with a view to a future career in the water industry.
Dan and Stephen reported for duty at the Kawana Sewage Treatment Plant this week.
More than 40 applicants competed for three vacation program roles offered by Unitywater to engineering students.
The third work experience student, Gagneet Serai, is based at Unitywater's South Caboolture Sewage Treatment Plant.
"It's a fantastic career opportunity to be part of a professional engineering team," said Stephen, who has just completed the second year of his Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
"I'm doing a water and environmental major in my studies, so this work experience is exactly what I want."
Dan, who is moving into his final year of a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Queensland, agreed: "I was keen to get industry experience and this Unitywater placement has enabled me to apply my engineering theory into practice, while still being close to home. I hope to stay with Unitywater as I continue in my journey to becoming a site engineer one day," he said.
Acting CEO Glen Babington confirmed the importance Unitywater places on providing workplace opportunities for local students entering the industry.
"As a major employer on the Sunshine Coast, we need to plan career paths for our engineers to give them rewarding and satisfying work.
"The Vacation Work Program is the first step in this process, providing engineering students with real, practical experience in the workplace," Mr Babington said.
"We hope that our Vacation Work Program students see a future for themselves in Unitywater and make the most of their time here," he said.
Unitywater's Vacation Work Program is run during the summer university break each year.
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