Composite manufacturer finds fibre in professional internship

Posted by Richard Cowley on 4 August 2015

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Founded in Adelaide in March 2003, Etamax’s mission is to provide high quality, competitively priced engineering services.

Adelaide – based Navitas Professional provides young professionals on internships and Etamax is discovering the quality of Navitas’ interns.

“We specialise in the design and analysis of structures that use lightweight composite materials such as carbon-fibre and fibreglass,” said Director Mr Peter Eagles.  

“Although we are a small business, we have a global footprint and no time to lose, so any interns coming into the business had to be good quality, people who could think for themselves and outside the box,” Peter added.

“Of course we offer mentoring as part of normal training processes, but as an SME we need to see performance from everyone in our business.”

And Mr Brian Huang (pictured) definitely has the ‘fibre’ to meet Peter’s expectations.

The former University of Adelaide (Masters of Mechanical Engineering) student approached Navitas to participate in the company’s  Career Experience Program (CEP), an 18 week soft-skills training program which has a 12-week internship as part of its coursework.   

“This internship has been the perfect opportunity for me, a really good ‘fit’,” Brian said of his internship.

“It’s building on theory I learnt through study and really providing an opportunity to practice my knowledge in a real-world workplace,” he continued.

Peter explained some of the processes used in his business.

“Brian has had exposure to various experiences including Finite Element Analysis, Hand layups of composite materials and filament winding manufacture using composite materials.”

These processes in particular are common in the maritime industry where Etamax has achieved some key results.

“The wings of the 'Golden Falcon', which was used in the opening ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games, were redesigned in light weight carbon-fibre by Etamax,” Peter said adding, “we also developed a composite pressure vessel for external use on a submarine able to withstand the crushing pressures of deep dives.”

“We do a lot of work around carbon-fibre boat masts as well, due to the strength of our product they can be free-standing,” Peter concluded. 


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Author: Richard Cowley
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