Our summer vacation program is a paid opportunity for engineering students in their penultimate year of study to gain some practical experience, build networks and expand their CVs.

Over a 12 week period you will not only get valuable exposure to real, meaningful work, but you will also get one on one coaching from a senior consultant, the possibility of a visit to a client’s site, an insight into our culture, and the opportunity to take part in some of our valued training courses.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.
  • An engineering student in your penultimate year of study.

12 weeks, from November – February

  • Gain practical experience
  • Build networks
  • Expand your CV and increase your employability after University
  • One on one coaching with an expert Senior Consultant
  • Opportunity to participate in our training courses

Assetivity is grateful to Austmine for the opportunity to connect with such high calibre applicants.

We’re very happy to support Austmine’s latest initiative, the Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program. Supported by funding from METS Ignited, this program aims at raising awareness of METS (mining equipment technology and services) and the career opportunities provided by our sector, across women studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects at universities. 

Meet Our Vacation Students

Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves

Attended: 2020/21
University: The University of Western Australia
Course: Master’s Degree Mechanical Engineering (2018-2021),
Bachelor of Science – BS, Mechanical Engineering (2016-2018) 

Assetivity’s Summer Vacation Program gave me the opportunity to grasp and apply asset management and reliability concepts in the real world with ample client interaction, something that I found was missed while studying at university.

The employees at Assetivity were encouraging and very easy to work with. I was able to leverage and learn off their experiences and knowledge for my own development.

The workplace also enabled me to learn facets of business management and development. Over the program, the scope of is not only limited to client-based engineering. Rather, the program gives you a rounded view how engineering businesses operate from the background to the client-end.


Nelson Nieuwkerk

Attended: 2019/20
University: Curtin University
Course: Bachelor of Engineering – BE, Mechanical Engineering (2018-2022)

Assetivity’s Summer Vacation Programme has been an extremely valuable experience for me as I have been able to learn a great wealth of knowledge about Asset & Maintenance Management within a relatively short amount of time. I have also been able to develop my technical and interpersonal skills though collaboratively working with other consultants on large projects and interacting with engineers on-site. The exposure to industry and the opportunities that Assetivity’s Summer Vacation Programme provides is truly invaluable.

Joe Murphy

Joseph Murphy

Attended: 2018/19
University: University of Western Australia
Course: Bachelor of Science: Engineering Science (UWA) (2013-2016)

My time at Assetivity has been an incredibly valuable experience – it really has allowed me to take on exciting challenges in an enjoyable and supportive environment.

The wide range of clients that I’ve been exposed to (particularly in the mining sector) is especially valuable to me. I had the privilege to travel interstate to work onsite at a large mutli-metals processing facility, and that experience is something I will probably never forget.

In terms of the work environment, the staff in the office are always friendly and approachable, which makes the potentially daunting transition from University life to an office environment easy and effortless. The amount of knowledge and experience the staff have -and are willing to share- is amazing and I cannot recommend this company enough.

Gavy Dai

Gavy Dai

Attended: 2018/19
University: University of Western Australia
Course: Master of Professional Engineering: Electrical & Electronic Engineering (UWA) (2017-2019)

Accepting this position gave me a better understanding of asset management and what this area requires from an undergraduate engineer. The personal mentorship, guidance and experience I received was beneficial for my growth as an excellent engineer in this area of specialisation.

Its understandable why Assetivity is one of the leading consultancies for asset management in Australia due to their excellent quality of work and dedication to their clients to achieve their goals.

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Chika Onyeogaziri

Attended: 2017/18
University: University of Newcastle
Course: Master of Engineering Management

The Summer vacation program was valuable, and it exposed me to new ideas, highly skilled professionals and opportunities to connect with industries. For me, it was my first Australian work experience and it has helped me develop skills to manage work life balance and work in a new country, culture and diverse nationality.

So far, it has opened me to a new career path in Asset Reliability and Maintenance which I am gladly pursing and hoping to develop more in years to come.

Troy De Knock

Troy De Knock

Attended: 2015/16
University: Curtin University
Course: Mechanical Engineering

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Philip Gaisford

Attended: 2014/15
University: University of Western Australia
Course: Mechanical Engineering

Visiting Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Cape Lambert Port was a great learning experience and enabled me to visualise the processes and equipment I was working on.  I would probably say the most interesting facet of the programme are the people you work with, they are very experienced and approachable and always willing to pass on nuggets of wisdom!

Richard Docherty

Richard Docherty

Attended: 2013/14
University: Edith Cowan University
Course: Mechanical Engineering

The people are welcoming, friendly, helpful and patient.  The organisation is very team oriented and I felt like I was part of everything. I was working in a field I had never been exposed to before, and I always enjoy new experiences.


Joseph Gossatti

Attended: 2012/13
University: Curtin University
Course: Mechanical Engineering

I found the Summer Vacation Programme very valuable, as it exposed me to a side of management that most graduates won’t normally encounter for years.  This makes the lessons and skills that the programme exposed me to even more valuable, as they will prove useful throughout my career.


Kieran Hammal

Attended: 2011/12
University: RMIT University
Course: Electrical, Computer & Mechanical Engineering

For me it was the first time that I had worked in an office environment with other engineers and it also provided me with some great exposure to the mining industry. Considering that I had previously always worked within the maritime industry, I found this to be great exposure. 

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