Ash Donnison, a 22-year-old La Trobe University student from Nagambie, has just jetted off to undertake a nine-month internship studying electronic engineering at the Fraunhofer IESE Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Mr Donnison said he jumped at the opportunity to head overseas to learn from some of the world’s leading engineers.
‘‘It’s an opportunity of a lifetime, and will provide invaluable experience going forward in my career,’’ he said.
As part of the internship, he will complete various projects including autonomous cars to make decisions on racetracks, and smart factories containing robotic components required to communicate with each other.
Mr Donnison said he is excited by the change of environment and the new skills he hopes to acquire.
‘‘Our degree is somewhat hardware-orientated, (so) a lot of software experience will definitely be gained as they are a software firm,’’ he said.
‘‘As an engineer I will develop into more of a professional and become confident in my skills as this will be the first experience I’ve had outside of university life.
‘‘Time management is going to be a skill gained as well because the Germans love to be efficient.’’
Following the internship, Mr Donnison will return to Nagambie and hopes to spend the 2017-18 summer working at the CRT store before finishing off his Bachelor of Electronic Engineering with an honours year.