Surveying the future

30th June 2017

Curtin University student Riley Pilcher is MNGs 2017 scholarship winner, taking out the $6,600 prize.

Riley won the scholarship ahead of 12 fellow Bachelor of Surveying students after undergoing a rigorous selection process and panel interview.

According to MNG General Manager of the Western Operations, Stuart Torode, Riley showcased promising surveying career potential. Riley really impressed the panel with his excellent academic record and sublime leadership skills he said.

Riley was also invited to work as a seasonal casual with MNG, which will see him receive mentoring by MNGs senior surveyors to further assist with his studies.

MNG initiated the scholarship in 2009 to create career pathways for fulltime third or fourth year surveying students. As WAs only university offering an undergraduate Bachelor of Surveying degree, Curtin University was identified as a vital breeding ground for the next generation of surveying talent.

Since its inception, MNG has provided $145,700 in funding to 25 scholarship students. While the majority have gone on to work with MNG in some capacity, four are currently holding down full-time positions at the company.

That list includes 2016 scholarship recipient Matt Jilley, who is currently employed by MNG as a seasonal casual. Matt recently won the Tony Pivac Prize, which is awarded to the best student in the subject of engineering and mine surveying. The prize is donated by the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute and the WA Engineering and Mine Surveying Commission.

Congratulations to Riley and Matt - all the best for a long career in the surveying industry.