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Ethan Keough


Well, each have their own stories.

Surprise discovering an unexpected career. Awe working along-side industry specialist engineers. Satisfaction unearthing a new skill. Pride solving an engineer problem. Fun finding new interests exploring life in new places.

To find out more – we asked our graduates their stories:

Ethan Keough

Degree, University –Mechanical Engineering, BA(Honours)

Rotations – Reliability Engineer at Helidon QLD

Reliability Engineer at Kooragang Island NSW

What’s been the most rewarding part of being a graduate?

Learning from industry experts who have decades of experience. And, the small projects, that thrown you in the deep end and make you swim!

What value has the development program been to you as a graduate?

The personal coaching offered during the program is helpful in transitioning you into the business at a professional level.

The graduate conference is a really fun and hectic week and is a great opportunity to meet and network with other graduates and Orica personnel.

What’s been the biggest surprise for you on the graduate program?

How much I’ve learnt during my rotations. In both rotations I went into a role where I didn’t know much about the sites or processes.

Towards the end of the rotations I was familiar with most plant on site and delivering valuable work for the business.

Who’s inspired you along the way?

During my time in the graduate program I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of teams who supported and encouraged me as a new graduate. Working in these teams has been really motivating and encouraging (most of my current and past team members were Orica graduates too).

What’s it really been like transitioning from University to work?

I found the transition smooth. Moving into the workforce helped me get into a good daily routine, something I wasn’t privy to whilst at uni juggling study and work.

What’s been the best advice you’re received that’s helped you?

That my time as a graduate is invaluable and to be involved in as much as you can. Also, ask questions! If you don’t know how something works, ask someone who does. There are so many people with so much experience to learn from.

Tell us what you see in your future career?

I’d like to continue working in an engineering role, building on the skills I have started to develop as a graduate.

I don’t think my future career path has changed too much.

Has this future career path changed from when you first started with us?

I’m not concerned either if I go down a career path and a few years I want to pursue a different role. That’s one of the great things about working for a company like Orica, there’s opportunity to try your hand at a variety of roles over your career.


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