Whilst still studying as an undergraduate, Paul Pearce travelled to Germany to work on the design of the mammoth Airbus A380. There he was given the chance to present his computer simulations which showed the engineers of the state-of-the-art aircraft exactly how systems would operate. This is just one more example of the amazing possibilities that are available in Adelaide. Paul’s career has had its highs with Airbus – and now he’s designing concepts for future submarines as a systems engineer for ASC.
- Paul Pearce, Systems Engineer at ASC.
How did you get into engineering?
As a child, I spent a lot of time playing with Lego, Meccano, Dick Smith kits and scale plastic models. So from a very young age, I have always enjoyed creating, building and learning new things. An engineering career seemed the perfect opportunity to continue doing this, and get paid well for it!
Do you have any advice for aspiring engineers?
Engineering gives you a broad range of problem-solving skills, and there are many ways you can apply those skills. Make sure you choose a career path in an industry that excites and motivates you.
What would you say to those who think there are limited opportunities
for young people in SA?
Every person has the capacity to achieve great things, regardless of where they come from, and SA is a great place to get your career started. Andy Thomas and Scott Hicks are both great examples of what South Australians can achieve. When you combine a quality education with a drive to succeed, career opportunities for South Australians are unlimited.
When you look for it, there really is a wide range of job opportunities in SA, from agriculture to medicine to defence. For this reason, many people choose to pursue their working career in SA.
I also believe that achieving a work-life balance is essential and that SA is a ideal place to live in terms of climate and lifestyle.