Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Darcy Beer
Darcy Beer

Meet Darcy

Fourth Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Civil and Environmental

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

My mum is a Mining Engineer, so I was lucky enough to always have some concept of what Engineering was and what being an Engineer meant as a lifestyle; growing up, she was always travelling and going to site, which appealed to me a lot. She was also involved in Women in Engineering when I was in high school, so even though I was unsure about what I wanted to do, I went to all the events I could with her to keep my options open. At one of the events, a lady talked about how Engineering is creative; I have always enjoyed being creative, I even considered Architecture in year 10, but decided it didn’t seem to have the opportunity for travel and site work I was looking for. So, after hearing about how Engineering is creative, and knowing through mum the opportunities for travel and site work and that an Engineering degree can also open up careers that aren’t Engineering if I decided I didn’t like it, it seemed like Engineering was the perfect career for me.

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

The reason I first considered Architecture in year 10 was because infrastructure has always interested me, so when I chose Engineering, I knew I would specialise in Civil Engineering. I decided I wanted to do Civil and Environmental Engineering because I did Geography all through high school, which really gave me a passion for the environment and an awareness of the issues we are facing in the modern world. As an individual I felt like I didn’t have much of an impact, so I decided that through Civil and Environmental Engineering, I could be involved in crucial projects for the environment and the shift towards a sustainable world.

What is one thing about university or engineering that you wished you knew earlier?

When I started University, I was worried about the more independent nature of learning and that there would be no academic support, however, I learned that there is plenty of help available if you need it. For Engineering, there are generally friendly and helpful tutors in tutorials, most of the time there are general and course-specific tutors in the First Year Learning Centre, and often course help sessions outside of tutorials are offered.

What made you pick engineering at the University of Queensland over other universities?

The main reason I chose UQ was because of the Women in Engineering program; it had a part in my choosing Engineering so it felt like the place to go and I was hoping to be involved with WE someday to pay it forward.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Get involved! Especially in your first year, go to lectures, tutorials, the First Year Learning Centre and go to as many events as you can; events and people are what makes your University experience and you will find people to lean on for support as you go through your degree. Step out of your comfort zone and approach someone before a class or sit next to someone new; making friends at Uni is so important to make you feel part of something.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

Tunnelling! I think tunnelling and the massive tunnel boring machines are amazing. Tunnels like The Channel Tunnel, which is over 50 kilometres of tunnel under the English Channel, are my favourite examples of amazing engineering!

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

After a couple of different vacation jobs, my dream job when I graduate is a site civil engineer role, especially where there is opportunity to work elsewhere, whether that be remotely or overseas. I would also love to be involved in projects that help progress society to a more sustainable future.

What do you hope to achieve as a WE student leader?

As a WE student leader, I hope to encourage and inspire other girls to choose Engineering- girls who don’t know what it means to be Engineer, who don’t consider it as an option for them or don’t believe that they have the ability to do it.