Deakin University's forthcoming Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) will provide some of the best future-focused engineering and design facilities in the Australian university sector and offer the most advanced engineering and design training capabilities in regional Australia.
Imagineer the ultimate solution
CADET will house virtual and real prototyping facilities, allowing creative design solutions to be developed almost seamlessly from imagination to reality to manufacture in a single journey. Be it new wind turbines, medical devices, sustainable infrastructure, alternative vehicles or robotic aids, CADET will provide the key elements to imagineer the ultimate solution.
Enhancing the engineering precinct
To be constructed at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, CADET will be an extension of the engineering precinct which has experienced a $7.5 million investment over the past few years to refurbish the engineering labs and facilities and acquire new equipment, with another $6 million to be spent in the next 18 months.
Discover the world of engineering
CADET will offer activities, experiences, programs and pathways for young people from Year 8 through to PhD level, and encourage students to gain a new insight into the world of engineering. Through CADET, we will link secondary, VET and tertiary education to demonstrate the opportunities that are possible in engineering and design whilst building aspirations for a career in the industry.
Addressing the skills shortage
Australia has a critical shortage of engineers to cope with the demand for major infrastructure and technology projects. CADET will help to address this shortage by preparing students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to become the design focused, solution oriented practical engineers of the future.
Construction of the $55 million CADET facility will commence in late 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2015. This tri-level building will house a range of laboratories, design studios and interactive learning spaces furnished with industry leading technology and equipment that will provide students with the freedom to create and explore.
Unlocking design in engineering
Recognising that design is a primary function of the engineering profession, CADET will emphasise the importance of design, rapid prototyping and modelling in engineering practice. CADET opens the possibilities of design in engineering through project-based collaborative learning supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide the '21st century' reality of engineering.
Push and explore boundaries
CADET will enable students to explore endless possibilities through desktop manufacture and computer modelling, virtual reality environments, 3D printing and world-leading rapid prototyping capabilities. Students will gain practical experience in next generation computer controlled manufacturing systems and processes allowing them to experience tomorrow's manufacturing today.
Revolutionising engineering training
Traditionally, engineering in Australia has been taught from a very theoretical foundation delivered in large lecture theatres such that students would not gain exposure to practical learning until the latter part of their course. CADET redefines this. Through CADET, students will work in small interactive groups to solve real-world engineering problems – as they would in industry as part of an engineering team.
CADET is a partnership between Deakin University and the Australian Government.