Young Canley Heights engineer makes the cut

CANLEY Heights resident Michael Ta has been accepted into Sydney Water's 2014 graduate program.

Mr Ta was one of 12 graduates, out of 1500 applicants, who qualified for the three-year program.

He said he was attracted to Sydney Water because he was interested in working in a field where he could use what he had learnt in his mechanical engineering degree at the University of NSW.

"It is a great program and it's really structured," the 23-year-old said.

"After university you need that sort of structure."

During the program he will work with project co-ordinators in managing maintenance projects within the Sydney Water network.

"In the program I will rotate to different divisions over the three years," Mr Ta said.

"I was trained in a camp to build a bond with the other graduates and make friends.

"Right now I am working in civil projects, where we plan and schedule maintenance on pipes.

"After the program I would love to work somewhere technical like this. In 18 months I can start applying for positions at Sydney Water."

Sydney Water managing director Kevin Young said the graduate program offered on-the-job experience and high quality training to university leavers, including a two- week induction period to ease the adjustment from university to full time work.

Applications for Sydney Water's 2015 graduate program close on April 16, 2014.

Details: sydneywater.com.au.

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