Studying at the Australian Maritime College, Curtis Graham was able to apply his passion for structural engineering to maritime environments.

Born and raised in Adelaide, Curtis wanted to study engineering from a very young age.

“My father is a structural engineer,” he says. “I’ve worked with him, which gave me with an insight into the industry and how companies operate.

Curtis decided to make the move to Tasmania and study Ocean Engineering at AMC.

He says: “I chose to study at AMC due to their world-class facilities for undergraduates and their practical based outlook on learning.” 

Studying in Tasmania, Curtis has been able to work with advanced maritime engineering and hydrodynamic facilities like the AMC’s Model Test Basin and Towing Tank.  

He was impressed with all the hands-on learning opportunities, as well as our lecturers and teaching staff. 

The lecturers are second to none,

“Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable, they are super enthusiastic and really engaging. This makes for a great learning environment which you feel comfortable to ask even the silliest of questions in.”

Curtis says he would “absolutely” recommend studying in Tasmania. Moving here, he says he found much more than a rich academic environment.  

The uni culture is also fantastic.

“Not only did I enjoy the group projects involved with first-year, including the Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle and the Rat Trap Boat, but the state also has some awesome scenery to offer.”

He says that the industry connections you make in Tasmania are also important.

“Being able to attend lectures, through Engineers Australia and the Royal Institute of Naval Architecture, gives you the ability to form connections that will definitely be useful through my career.

And Curtis’s bonus hot tip for anyone moving to Tassie?

“Attending the annual scavenger-hunt is a must.”

Find out more about studying Maritime Engineering here