Mechatronics student Scott Cashman took the long route, but eventually found his calling in robotics at ECU
Scott left school without a career goal in mind, but after years of different jobs in various industries, he says he “caught the ‘electronics bug’” while working as a technician at a white goods repair store, and set his sights on becoming an engineer.
Scott started looking for the right degree and university to kickstart his new career direction, but the hunt didn’t last long. He chose a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering “because I’m doing this for the love of engineering,” he says.
And the university was a no-brainer. “Not only is Edith Cowan University (ECU) close to my house, but the atmosphere is excellent, the campus feels like its own little community and the lecturers genuinely want everyone to do well.”
In Scott’s first year, he competed in a team robot-building competition and instantly
became hooked on robotics. This inspired him to later help form ECU Robotics, a student society for anyone interested in robotics to learn skills and join teams working on robotics projects. “ECU loved this initiative and before we knew it, they were practically throwing robots at us!” Scott says.
Now in the final year of his degree, Scott is working on two projects intended to solve problems in the real world: an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) and a robot barista.
“We aim to have a robotic arm side-by-side with a barista making your coffee more efficiently and consistently,” he explains. Already able to make 250 cups of coffee in four hours, expect to see Scott’s ECU robot barista in your local coffee shop soon!
Scott’s study and career pathway
- Repair technician, Household Appliance Parts
- Retail Manager
- Bachelor of Engineering, ECU
- President, ECU Robotics
Author: Ben Skuse
Ben Skuse is a UK-based former mathematician turned professional science writer, who has written for the Careers with STEM magazines for over 5 years. You can follow him on Twitter @BenSkuseSciComm.