Mr Joshua Mackley
Bachelor of Engineering (Computronics)(Honours)

There is no place that Joshua Mackley would rather be at this stage of his career than amid the roar and the fumes at a vehicle-proving ground near Melbourne, or even in another country.

It’s like a dream come true for the 26-year-old who started tinkering with cars as a young boy at his father’s side and is now a specialist calibration engineer with Holden and being paid to travel the world.

While most of his work is based at Lang Lang, southeast of Melbourne, Joshua has been on test trips to Sweden and Canada.

“I have always been interested in the automotive industry and I was attracted to Deakin’s Bachelor of Engineering program because it offered such a broad base of subjects to explore before deciding on an area of specialisation,” explained Joshua, who completed the four-year honours course at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus in 2000, and then went on to achieve his Master of Engineering while working full-time.

Joshua majored in computronics because it covered computing and electrical systems, both of which are extremely relevant in the way vehicles are designed and manufactured today.

He considered a major strength of the course to be the way the theory was put into a practical context. He also commended the transition subjects in first year, which enabled students to help bridge any learning gaps from secondary school.

An understandable highlight was his two-year involvement in the Formula SAE race program in which university teams throughout the world build and enter cars in the eagerly contested Society of Automotive Engineers’ annual race.

“The experience was invaluable as well as being a lot of fun,” said Joshua, who has always aspired to work in Formula 1. Joshua was involved in both the mechanical and management sides of the project, as well as being the driver in 2000. One of Joshua’s final year projects for his honours course was engine management of the Formula SAE car.

Undertaking his Masters was a strategic move on Joshua’s part, in order to have that ‘something extra’ on his curriculum vitae, and also so he could indulge another area of interest, forensic science.

His project focused on fingerprint analysis in which he had to design an algorithm to analyse fingerprints and the hardware to be used.

Extracurricular interest groups and activities further enriched the Deakin experience, according to Joshua.

He was a member of the Deakin Engineering Society, which enjoys strong links with industry through its affiliation with the Institute of Engineers Australia. Regular dinner meetings and functions with industry guests was a great way to establish valuable networks, as well as meet with fellow students with similar interests.

Originally from Horsham, Joshua welcomed the community atmosphere of the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and the open space. The golf driving range was of particular interest.

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3rd September 2010