Students thrive on site during internships with Bechtel
WORK is not the only thing happening on Gladstone's bustling industrial scene - there is also a lot of learning going on.
Plenty of students are discovering they can complement their classroom learning with some on site experience on the region's billion-dollar projects.
Engineering student Archford Kahondo has soaked up every ounce of experience this summer while working as an intern on Bechtel's Curtis Island LNG projects.
As a field engineering intern, Archford has spent the past six weeks on the work site, being challenged with new experiences and responsibilities every week.
"As a whole I am enjoying this experience,'' Archford said.
"So far I have been doing everything from attending meetings, to performing inspections on structures around the worksite.
"The biggest thing for me is the satisfaction of a structure being completed.
"I can look back and say 'I worked on that'.
"It is a very different world on the island and it is great.
"There is a lot happening every day."
Training opportunities at Bechtel have been at the centre of attention at times as some community members accuse the company of not providing enough opportunities.
The company has pushed hard to establish its adult apprenticeship scheme and other programs.
Bechtel is constructing three LNG projects for proponents on Curtis Island, with a combined value more than $60 billion.
Interns impress the boss
BECHTEL Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said the first group of interns to work on the Curtis Island LNG projects was proving a success.
"Bechtel's internship program is a proactive course designed to provide and develop opportunities for our next generation of leaders,'' Mr Berg said.
"It's great to see such enthusiastic students are getting involved in our program.''
How adequate do you think the opportunity for internships are in the Gladstone region?
This poll ended on 08 February 2013.
Very, there are plenty of internships available
There are a fair amount of internships available but there could be more
There are very little internships available in the region
There are almost no internships in the region
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.