Find out more about the broad field of engineering and see if it's your career calling:
Engineers are responsible for implementing creative ideas in building and designing machines, materials, structures, systems, devices and organisations. Depending in what area of engineering you go into, you could be applying creative thinking, mathematical, scientific and experimental evidence to new ideas that don't even exist yet.
Working in engineering could see you in an office environment one day and a manufacturing plant or outdoors testing designs to see if they are constructed properly the next.
Is Engineering right for me?
To be an engineer you must have a curiosity and desire to figure things out by focusing on how something works more than what something is. If you take things at face value and give no afterthought to how things operate on the inside then engineering might not be right for you.
As well as possessing a certain amount of creativity, engineers should be mathematical. All engineers need maths skills to be able to handle the software that has become widely used in modern engineering today.
Outside of the above, an engineer needs to have good listening and effective problem solving skills to fully understand an issue and work out how to fix it. Possessing these traits sets you up to succeed in the world of engineering.
If you're considering a career in engineering, here are some figures you'll like from the Australian Government job Outlook Initiative:
- Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,570 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- This is a medium-sized occupation employing 13,400 workers. The number of workers has grown very strongly over the past 5 years.
- Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
- Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to stay about the same at 13,700. Around 5,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
Types of Courses
The short courses in engineering can be overwhelming with so many avenues to discover and choose from. Depending on where you are at in your career, just starting out, or continuing further study to reach higher levels of employment there are many qualifications for you to take your pick from.
Here is a brief overview of what's available and a short description on each.
Certificate II in Engineering
This qualification is for 6 months and teaches the skills required to work as an engineering/manufacturing employee at level III. You will learn how to competently complete on and off the job strategies such as those produced in a formal apprentice.
Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
This short course is over 17 weeks. It provides an outlook into what working in the engineering environment looks like and teaches the skills necessary to start a career in your chosen engineering field.
Choosing a career in engineering means having your pick of a variety of exciting roles in several industries. Here are a few potential job titles to consider:
- Engineering Technologist
- Electronics Engineer
- Quantity Surveyor
- Civil Engineer
- Mining Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Telecommunications Engineer
- Computer Engineer