Combining her passion for maths and physics with aircraft

Third-year aeronautical engineering student Officer Cadet Sarah Flint stands in front of a Rolls-Royce jet engine in the engineering building at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Photo: Leading Seaman Kylie Jagiello

Combining her passion for maths and physics with aircraft

Combining a passion for maths and physics with helicopters and aircraft, studying aeronautical engineering at Australian Defence Force Academy seemed the perfect career path for Officer Cadet Sarah Flint.

“With physics, there is a definite right or wrong,” Officer Cadet Flint said.

“I like being able to learn a method and apply it to multiple things, even in other aspects of life.” 

Completing her first year of study as an Air Force cadet, Officer Cadet Flint then changed to Army the following year.

“I chose RAAF as I thought aeronautical engineering would be more beneficial,” she said.

“At the end of my first year, I felt Army was a better fit.

“I liked the atmosphere, culture and training of Army, especially the Battle PT.” 

Officer Cadet Flint was drawn to the Defence Force knowing how hard it would be to find a civilian engineering job. 

At the completion of her studies, Officer Cadet Flint aims to post to 5th Aviation Regiment and work on Chinooks and MRH-90s.

“With my degree, I hope to know what is going on with the aircraft; not just sit at a desk and do paperwork,” she said.

“Not necessarily helping the technicians, but understanding what’s going on and be able to oversee maintenance.” 

During her second year, Officer Cadet Flint participated in a robot-building competition.

“It was a steep, but good, learning curve; building a robot from scratch and seeing how coding made it move,” Officer Cadet said.

With four team members, they each brought different strengths to the project. 

“I was good at working through ideas and making them feasible for the robot,” Officer Cadet Flint said.

“One member was good at coding, while another was good at the physical building.

“Our robot moved on the trial run, but a wheel fell off during the final.”

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