Rochow swaps footy boots for work boots
Wednesday 21 November 2012 4:50 PM
As part of his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Newcastle, Robbie Rochow has spent the last week and a half undertaking work experience at WesTrac’s new $160 million operation in Tomago.
After undergoing shoulder surgery last month, Rochow has been juggling his rehabilitation with his university studies and told newcastleknights.com.au that he has really enjoyed getting out in the workforce.
“Going out to different sites and seeing the size of some of these mines has been something different and interesting for me,” Rochow said.
“I am doing long days at the moment because I am going in to training really early and then getting out to Tomago at 9am and staying there all day.
“Every other student can do their work experience in the holidays but that doesn’t really line up with football.
“I also have exams coming up so it has been a pretty busy time for me.”
Rochow said while he hasn’t had the chance to get his hands too dirty yet, he has already learnt a lot during his time at WesTrac.
“The first couple of days was a bit of an induction and going through all the safety aspects,” he said.
“I have been doing a lot of listening and following the accounts manager and his team around to the different sites and getting quotes on trucks and excavators.
“Yesterday we went to the Daracon site at Port Waratah and I had the chance to have a look around the plant which was pretty good.
“Once I finish my two weeks I have to write up a report and submit it to the University.”
Rochow hopes to pursue a career in Civil Engineering once his football career is over.
“I have done too much work now not to pursue this,” Rochow added.
“I am going to try and do a bit more work experience during our breaks.
“The aim is to be finished in four years but that all depends on what happens with football.”
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