MUR Motorsports provides a medium for highly motivated and intelligent engineering students to work together to solve a complex problem. MUR taught me how theoretical knowledge can be applied to practical applications. More importantly, I learnt first-hand about Murphy's Law and how to deal with unexpected problems. My MUR experience helped me gain invaluable skills which has served me well in the workforce.
Shing Chak Sheung
MUR Motorsports was by far the most significant project that I worked on throughout my time at university. As we needed a functioning car at the end of the year, everyone involved had to be able to manage their time effectively, develop practical solutions to a wide range a problems and work well in a large team. These skills are highly beneficial to engineering graduates as they are important for success in all industries and they are not often developed in other academic work.
I was part of the 2013 Engine team in MUR Motorsports, and I am now working as an Industrial and Process Engineer for Arup. Being part of MUR helped me understand how to approach real-world, open-ended engineering problems. It gave me an appreciation for the different phases of an engineering project, and the skills and processes required in each phase to successfully see it through to completion. I developed skills in communicating engineering ideas with different stakeholders including tradespeople, management, and the general public. I also learned the importance of teamwork, ingenuity, creativity, autonomy and attention to detail when working on large projects. Overall, MUR and FSAE was my most important step towards becoming an industry-ready engineer.
My experience in The University of Melbourne Formula SAE Team was a key element in my formal education, the program fosters fast paced learning in technical design, project management, financial management, people management and most importantly self management. Whilst the project is based on the development of a motorsports vehicle the methodical resource allocation, business management and design theories learnt can be applied to any industry and graduates are well equipment to immediately contribute to the productivity and profitability of any organisation. During the program I built relationships with sponsors that I continue to have working relationships with today.
My time in MUR 2008 Integration was definitely a rewarding one. There was no shortage of hard work, long hours and challenging circumstances, however the experience of working along side 21 other students who were in the same boat, sharing new ideas, tackling problems together and becoming more of a family during that year than our actual families was a time I'm very fond of. Of course seeing the beautiful car that we built roaring around the course at the end of the year was the most rewarding part! Regardless of what career aspirations you have, being able to work in such a large team, with real world application problems such as planning, budgeting, risk management, reporting and general issues that arise from working in teams, will hold anyone is good stead going forward in their career.
I would have to say it was definitely a challenging year, but a massive opportunity to level up not only engineering knowledge, but as well as practical and communication skills. That rare hands-on experience is by far one of the most valuable attributes to take into both industry and daily life. As it gives you full insight into the problems, processes and final creation of a working project based in reality, rather than in the ideal world of academia. This is why most automotive industries appreciate the edge that FSAE students have amongst others.