Central Queensland’s aspiring engineers will learn in state-of-the-art laboratories and training spaces with the official opening today of the $16.6 million Rennie Fritschy Engineering Building.
Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham joined outgoing CQUniversity Chancellor Rennie Fritschy and Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman to unveil the new centre.
The facility is a key element of CQUniversity’s growth plan for the burgeoning Mackay Ooralea campus.
As well as expanding engineering streams, the campus now offers all four years of its Bachelor of Engineering face-to-face, meaning students can stay local right through to graduation.
These steps have boosted the region’s engineering student numbers from 40 in 2014 to more than 100 this year.
“This state-of-the-art facility is something that has been backed right across the local community, and the Rennie Fritschy Engineering Building is really proof of our big plans for expanding our engineering programs, and local education opportunities generally, for this part of the region,” Professor Bowman said.
“Not only will this building support third and fourth-year subjects for undergraduate students, it will provide new space for CQUniversity to work with industry, for training, for research, and for community conversations about the Mackay region.”
Local builder Paynter Dixon designed and built the centre for CQUniversity, completing the work in December 2015.