As part of the design team for the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Engineering student contributed to local infrastructure while also building a strong foundation for his own professional career.
Mr Hagan, now based in Goondiwindi, will return to Toowoomba this Friday (April 5) for the USQ graduation ceremony for Engineering & Built Environment graduands.
The afternoon event will follow a morning ceremony for Health & Community, and Sciences students.
After completing an associate degree in 2011, Mr Hagan joined Kehoe Myers Consulting Engineers as a Civil Design Technician.
He became a fully-fledged Civil Engineer with the company as he wrapped up his Bachelor of Engineering classes with USQ at the end of 2018.
“Studying at the same time as having a full-time job is hard work, there's no doubt about that, so I have a huge amount of respect to anybody else going down the same path,” Mr Hagan said.
“The experience was beneficial as there was a crossover of work – especially with classes like hydraulics and hydrology courses.”
Mr Hagan’s USQ education and industry experience immersed him in local infrastructure.
“It was rewarding to complete my USQ research project which was on better coordination of traffic signal networks through variable speed systems using James Street as a case study.
“I was part of a large team on the design and construction of the Wellcamp Airport with Kehoe Myers and a number of other consultants – I spent some long hours on that project but also learned a lot in the process.
“Again, it was a really rewarding experience to see it go from paper to reality.
“I remember standing on the runway just before it was operational and realising that I’d been part of a once-in-a-lifetime project for the region.”
The USQ Toowoomba graduation ceremonies continue next week with two ceremonies - ‘Business & Commerce; Information Technology; Law & Justice’ and ‘Creative Arts & Media; Education; Humanities & Communication’ on Friday (April 12).
To learn more about USQ graduations, visit www.usq.edu.au/graduations.
USQ engineering student Mark Hagan