The STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics are a huge part of everyday life at Zetifi. On any given day, you can be sure that members of our team are progressing research, solving problems, or challenging the status quo in electronics, networking, RF engineering, software, firmware, mechatronics and production engineering. Nothing energises us more than a STEM challenge. STEM is essential to the development of our products and a core part of our company’s identity and culture.
For many of our team members, their STEM interests and projects don’t finish at the end of the work day. Their engineering side projects often become captivating or hilarious topics during lunch discussions and slack conversations. From the electrification of motorbikes, automated home sprinkler systems, astrophotography, and even a secret fleet of autonomous micro-submarines – our team is certainly an eclectic and interesting bunch! Many of the skills and passions they cultivate at home directly contribute to our product and technology development.
A recent addition to our engineering team, Amy Combs, is no exception. Amy joined us a couple of months ago as a Junior Product Designer and has already proven herself to be a great contributor, despite being in just her first year out of school. This comes as no surprise considering her already impressive list of STEM achievements. Amy was the Dux of her school, created a functional prototype of a triathlon wet suit with an integrated ECG heart monitor as her Design & Technology major work, and won the 2022 SUBs in Schools competition for the design and manufacture of remotely operated micro-submarine she developed as part of her school’s SUBs in Schools team. This team victory was part of her school’s involvement in the fantastic F1 in Schools run by Re-Engineering Australia. Amy is continuing her association with this competition by mentoring teams from her old school and recently served as a judge for the 2023 NSW state finals of the F1 category, in which teams design, manufacture, and race a miniature CO2-powered F1 car.
During her time at Zetifi, Amy has been working closely with another of our young stars, Callum Maybon, and has made important contributions to the commissioning and testing of new printed circuit boards (PCBs) that will power our next generation ZetiRover and ZetiCell products. Next year Amy will combine her work at Zetifi with engineering studies at the University of Southern Queensland.
We also have other recent school leavers, such as Edward Trevaskis and Connor Summerhayes, working with us as part of our production team to help us meet the growing demand for our products. If you’ve purchased a Zetifi product in 2023, it’s likely that Edward or Connor had a hand in assembling and testing it.
As a regionally based business, we take great pride in providing opportunities for talented young people like Amy, Callum, Edward, and Connor to launch their careers in manufacturing and STEM in a regional city. They work alongside vastly experienced engineers and product developers, some of whom have over 40 years’ experience in their field!
We’re always on the lookout for new talent that shares our passion for STEM and solving rural connectivity challenges. If you or someone you know would be a great fit for our team of enthusiastic engineers and developers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Pictured (left to right): John Lucas (obscured), Amy Combs, Callum Maybon, Paul Maybon.