Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Brock Little

  • Describe your role and the main work activities day to day?

    As an engineer, I am responsible for products and configurations throughout their entire lifecycle, from concept design and analysis through to operational support. A typical day for me may consist of designing something from scratch, carrying out structural analysis on an assembly during a detailed design phase, and assisting in production and installation of parts at our in-house manufacturing workshop.

  • What do you enjoy most about your current role?

    The variety of work never ceases to amaze me. Being in a small team, I am exposed to a broad range of responsibilities and as a team we move quickly and cover multiple projects at once. Also, given the nature of what we offer, the projects in themselves are very diverse. Finally, since most of our products are used in applications involving medevac, search and rescue and airborne law enforcement, I get a strong sense of satisfaction every time we deliver an aircraft, because I know it is going out there to benefit the community.

  • Why did you select this particular career path?

    I’ve always had a strong passion for aviation and space. I wouldn’t be satisfied with any other industry. Combining this with my interests in maths and science, as well as problem solving, I studied aerospace engineering. So, it was a natural choice for me, I just followed my passion.

  • What was the hiring process to get your current job?

    It started with an online application, followed by a site interview which consisted of four small assessments. These assessments tested my capabilities in CAD, structural analysis, presentations and report writing. I then had a final one-on-one interview with the Managing Director of the company, followed by an online personality test. I finally received word that I got the job!

  • What did you do to develop your employability during your studies?

    I participated in a lot of extra-curricular activities, especially investing my time with organisations relevant to my interests, such as the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA), Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). I strongly recommend these organisations if you want to grow your professional network and contacts in the companies you want to work for.

    I also think my experiences overseas with UQ Abroad and AYAA have given me a world view of the aerospace industry helping my professional growth in the lead up to landing the job (no pun intended).

  • Have there been any pivotal moments/ choices during your studies/career that have had an impact on your success?

    Choosing to move out of my comfort zone and spend six months overseas without a travel buddy was probably one of them. It was such an awesome experience.

    Additionally, the AYAA has kept me motivated to continue aiming higher as the people you work with within that organisation are some of the most dedicated and passionate individuals you could ever meet.

  • What are your career plans for the future?

    HeliMods is only going to grow, so I’m going to continue riding that wave and upskill as much as possible owing to the variety of work that comes with the job. But eventually I’d like to see myself working in the space sector, specifically on launch vehicles.

  • What advice do you have for UQ students who may be looking to follow this career path?

    Get out and meet people who share the same interests as you. They will be the best motivators through university, the job hunt process and may even offer you an opportunity that could change your life.

    AYAA hosts multiple events in Brisbane each year, and around Australia. Aerospace Futures is a big one to attend, is in a different Australian capital city each year, and attracts over 50 aerospace companies. I recommend tapping into the AYAA network!

Professional Spotlight
Brock Little

Current role: 
Aerospace Design & Structures Engineer
HeliMods


Educational background: 
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Master of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace), The University of Queensland

Field of Study: 
Mechanical Engineering

Company Profile

HeliMods
HeliMods provides aircraft operators with specialist engineering services to deliver customised and fully integrated helicopter solutions.