For several years Motorola Solutions has implemented a graduate program, taking in a number of graduate engineers at the very beginning of their careers.
Even more exciting is our almost perfect retention rate. To date only one graduate has left to pursue opportunities elsewhere, with the remainder staying after the program and moving to interesting and challenging roles within Motorola Solutions.
Graduate program 2017
In 2017, each of our four new graduates comes from a different institution, with two moving interstate to take up the position.
Laurence Cheung explains that he graduated from the University of Queensland at the end of 2014 and decided to relocate from Brisbane in order to pursue a career in telco/communications, saying that “Motorola Solutions is a strong leader in the communications and equipment industry, so this was a great motivator to apply”.
Sebastian Robbins moved from Perth after graduating from Curtin University to work with Motorola Solutions. He says one of the reasons for choosing us was our position as a service provider to such a broad range of industries with many different customers, both government and private.
For Michael Amato, a strong motivator was that fact that his brother is a police officer in Victoria and that public safety solutions could be literally a “matter of life and death”. As a mechanical engineer from RMIT, he is interested in designing mounting hardware in emergency services, and has started work with Rob Fyfe’s team in vehicle installation services.
Dustin Hollis graduated from Monash (Clayton) and his speciality lies in software. He will move to Perth to work with WAPOL for a year, representing a fantastic opportunity to work directly with some of our most innovative software solutions.
All graduates reported they were already enjoying the experience in the first week. Their feedback indicated a good level of support, especially with the buddy system that pairs them with an ex-graduate who has stayed on at Motorola Solutions. They also appreciated the opportunity to meet some many people in the company and a warm, welcoming environment.
This is a report on the 2014 graduates’ experience:
In January 2014, four new graduates (from left) – Regius Asiimwe, Sneha D’Souza, Evan Finch, and Kevin Vo – joined Motorola after a rigorous application and interview procedure.
After completing introductory online ASTRO/P25 training, they moved to hands-on exercises in the staging room which puts the theory into practice. Some of the basics include how a console works, radio talk groups behaviour, terminating cables, and the components of a P25 system.
Engineer development involves more than theory and practice. An important part of the first few months is the interaction with other engineers, especially previous graduate engineers. These interactions allow them to get a deeper understanding of what is ahead, and enables them to show their personalities and become members of a team.
During March and April, all four worked with previous graduates Matt Li and Joseph Warren to build the demonstration MOTOTRBO system for a customer in New Zealand, which was a good introduction to building a system from a design.
After settling in to corporate life and gaining some basic skills and confidence, the graduates start going out into the field and taking part in projects. Sneha D’Souza joined the project team for a large retail customer, including taking part in early morning store cutovers, and Evan Fitch did a site visit at the Hunter Valley. All graduates received training in programming radios to support a large rollout of code plugs to buses over a single weekend in Adelaide.
Probably the best learning experience was the Queensland Government Wireless Network (GWN) project, supporting the team in Cairns and Brisbane. Working on the front line of a large project in progress has reportedly been character-building, and their efforts have been well received by colleagues and customers.