Council and RMIT give new engineers a hand


Throughout 2017 Brimbank City Council teamed up again with RMIT on a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program.

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program offered placements to final year RMIT engineering students. This gave them practical and valuable industry experience with Council through a structured program. This included staff induction, asset management theory, software training, field survey, data analysis, predictive modelling, job interview skills and report writing.

It involved capturing all open space infrastructure assets across Brimbank into digital form, and record new assets and update existing assets into Council’s Asset Management System.

The program was dubbed the ‘Open Space Inventory & Condition Assessment’ (OSICA). The students, many of whom live in Brimbank, worked for approximately 16 weeks.

This helped Council better manage its open space infrastructure assets by improving the appearance, performance and safety of its assets by prioritising available funding for both ongoing maintenance and asset renewal.

The program is intended to continue in 2018.

Some students were successful in getting jobs thanks to the experience that they have gained through the program.

Council looks forward to continued partnerships with RMIT.