Department of Engineering Science

Kate McCreary

Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Biomedical Engineering (BME) Class of 2007

Photograph of Kate McCreary

Consultant (SI&T) (2011)
Accenture, Australia

My love of all things science and maths drew me to engineering... and, after the traditional thought path of wanting to be a doctor ‘when I grow up’, I found biomedical engineering and decided it was for me. Being able to apply engineering thought processes and design to bio-mechanically focused work sounded like a perfect environment for me to learn in.

I loved the degree; the people, the support structure, the interesting course material, the challenging projects and the broad range of skills I learned including biology, computing/programming, mathematics, formal writing and problem solving.

During my time at university I was working for a medical physicist in Auckland testing radiography equipment at a range of hospitals. I learned a lot about the hospital environment and the physics of radiation during this time.

After I graduated, I moved to Sydney and began working for the Electromedical section at the NSW Department of Commerce. I was involved in contracting processes and project management for the installation of large medical equipment into public hospitals around Sydney. This involved liaising with other engineers, equipment suppliers, contractors and hospital leadership to design and deliver functioning hospital facilities and was a HUGE learning curve for me. My first major projects were for a PET scanner (used in oncology) and an MRI room.

At the beginning of 2009 I moved to Perth and have now been settled here for almost two years. In Perth, I work for management consulting and technology services company called Accenture, as part of the Systems Integration and Technology (SI&T) team. It’s a highly successful company with over 200,000 employees worldwide and we work on all sorts of projects in almost every country in the world. Some of our projects do involve big healthcare based projects, however, in Perth we are mainly a resources based city so there is a lot of work in mining and gas.

I think some of the most important things that my degree taught me are some of the ‘intangibles’ - the things that aren’t necessarily written on any grading scale... time management, team work, formal writing, researching and using your network to help you with your work are all skills that I have used countless times in both my Biomedical based jobs and in my current role. Accenture employs people from all backgrounds including many engineers and although my title no longer says ‘Bio’ or ‘medical’, I will continue to utilise the range and depth of skills I have learnt during my degree and working experience throughout my career.