S04 : Ep. 19 : The Aerospace Sector – Design Thinking, Technologies and more… Featuring Karl Domjahn

S04 : Ep. 19 : The Aerospace Sector – Design Thinking, Technologies and more… Featuring Karl Domjahn


Let’s fly! In this episode, we feature an aerospace sector prodigy Karl Domjahn, a Lead Propulsion Engineer at Gilmour Space Technologies. Karl begins by discussing the Aerospace industry's different aspects, such as defence, commercial, and space, and how they contribute to Australia's economy. The Aerospace industry provides direct employment to more than 20,000 people in Australia and contributes billions of dollars to the economy. Karl then expands his insights on the industry's potential for the immediate future and in the next 10-20 years and explains that there is significant growth potential in the industry, particularly in the space sector, as Australia's capabilities in space technology continue to develop. As we continue, Karl sheds light on the exciting career opportunities available in the Aerospace industry. He explains that the industry offers a diverse range of roles, including engineers, scientists, technicians, and project managers, among others. These roles require a mix of hard and soft skills, such as design thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. Tune into this episode and gain the valuable insights into the Aerospace sector and the exciting career pathways it offers as a major sector in the coming decades.


About Karl Domjahn

Karl Domjahn is a Lead Propulsion Engineer at Gilmour Space Technologies, developing rocket engines as a part of a small satellite launch vehicle. After graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor (First Class Honours, University Medal) and Master of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Karl was named as the only Australian in the 2017 US Aviation Week and AIAA's "Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties", an international award recognising the future leaders of the aerospace industry.

His previous role was as a Mechanical Systems Engineer at Boeing Defence Australia, working on the interoperability upgrade for the 737 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft.

Alongside his work and studies, Karl has a passion for engaging industry with students and young professionals. Throughout his time at UQ, he was involved as the National Secretary and Queensland Representative of the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, a national volunteer organisation.

St Paul’s School is a co-educational Anglican school with students from Pre-Prep to Year 12. The School is located in Brisbane’s north and has a reputation as one of the most innovative schools in the world. The School’s Principal is Dr Paul Browning. St Paul’s School has created a bespoke teaching and learning program called Realms of Thinking and a bespoke student wellbeing program called Ways of Being. Both frameworks are unique to St Paul’s School and have been transformative in their effects.

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