The Careers Spot
ENGINEERS CREATE AMAZING SOLUTIONS TO BIG PROBLEMS
Engineers work in a wide range of industries in Australia, including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, mining and information technology. Engineering was traditionally divided into four broad groups – chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical – but sub-groups, like environmental, mining and software, are emerging as the profession evolves.
Some engineers take on huge endeavours like the International Space Station, while others work on a molecular level. Some build robots that assist surgeons, and others use chemical processes to trap carbon emissions. But all of them solve problems by applying their skills and ingenuity.
Australian engineers are at the top of the game.
Being an engineer enables you to create something that can improve the quality of people’s lives. In some universities Engineering is a multidisciplinary degree, meaning students are being trained across a broad range of engineering fields rather than specialising from the outset. The aim is to prepare students for modern industry needs. Recruiters and organisations are looking for engineers with a mix of skills, who understand business processes and how disciplines work together.
Careers: Communications engineer, medical devices engineer, seismology engineer, civil structures engineer, shelter project manager, water or wastewater engineer.
The requirement for a professional engineer is a four-year Bachelor of Engineering course, available at most major universities in Australia.