About Engineers Australia Victoria
The Victoria Division is one of the largest divisions of Engineers Australia, servicing approximately 24,000 members.
Engineers Australia operates under a Royal Charter, Supplemental Royal Charter, and Rules approved by the Council of Engineers Australia.
The Victoria Division is governed by the Division Committee, which is responsible for the overall management of the Division in accordance with the Rules of Engineers Australia. The General Manager is responsible for the management of the Division office and staff.
Major activities in Victoria include the Engineering Graduate Conference, a variety of Awards including the Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards, public policy development and representation, Fellows' Luncheons, International Women’s Day celebrations, Australian Engineering Week and its associated activities, as well as a diverse program of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events to assist members with their personal and professional development.
Victoria Division also has a Business Development Team working to strengthen professional and industry standards and member benefits across the State. We also focus on a Schools Engagement program designed to inspire and encourage future generations of engineers.
The people of Engineers Australia's Victoria Division
The Victoria Division is governed by the Division Committee, which is responsible for the overall management of the Division in accordance with the Rules of Engineers Australia.
The 2017 Division Committee consists of the following members:
Chris Stoltz FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Peter Farley FIEAust CPEng EngExec
Guy Hodgkinson FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer
Immediate Past President
Geoff Hayes FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer
Li Bing MIEAust
Carla Cher FIEAust
Kirsty Johns MIEAust CPEng NER
Damien Kennedy FIEAust CEng NER
Robert Ladd AFIEAust CEngA EngExec NER
Grant Scott FIEAust CPEng NER
Natalie Waldie MIEAust CPEng
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Deakin University’s School of Engineering is delighted to be a principal partner of Engineers Australia.
The School has received multi-million dollar refurbishments and investments in the last two years to the extent that the vast majority of the equipment and laboratories are state-of-the-art and of world leading standard. These are complimented by the facilities in the Institute for Frontier materials also located at the Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong.
Led by the Head of School in Engineering Professor Guy Littlefair, the university has been successful in receiving a significant grant under the government's Regional Priorities Round of the Education Investment Fund (EIF).
The $55 million Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET)* at the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus is an amazing resource for young engineers. CADET emphasises product design and development through virtual and physical modelling, simulation and prototyping and will offer activities and experiences for young people right from Year 8 through to PhD level.
The school's programs, which include professionally accredited four year undergraduate degrees in Civil, Electrical and Electronics, Mechanical and Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering, as well as the three year Engineering Science degree, are not simply research informed but are research led.
Deakin is a significant leader in a number of engineering focused research areas, most notably manufacturing and materials where we rank in the top three universities in Australia. Industry also plays a significant role in the direction of our programs. Our engagement with large international corporations as well as local companies helps us develop industry ready graduates.
Guest lecturers, in addition to placements and industry projects, all culminate in an experience that can be life changing as well as career making.
The School also offers a Master of Engineering (one year full-time or part-time equivalent) and Master of Engineering (Professional) (two year full-time or part-time equivalent). Students can choose from specialisms in Mechanical, Electronics, Civil, Electrical and Renewable Engineering or Water Engineering. Many units in these programs can be taken off campus (online).
Deciding where to study is not an easy task, but if you seek a modern and energetic approach with delivery from experts in their respective fields in state-of-the-art facilities, Deakin's School of Engineering is undoubtedly a sound and visionary choice.
*CADET is a partnership between Deakin University and the Australian Government.
La Trobe University is proud to offer the only multi-disciplinary Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Australia.
We recognise that there is increasing demand from employers for engineering graduates with adaptable knowledge that spans historical engineering boundaries. La Trobe is educating a new type of engineer – one who is flexible, adaptable, innovative, entrepreneurial and equipped for emerging industries and roles that are yet to be created.
The Engineering Department at La Trobe University focusses on industry engagement to prepare engineers who will develop solutions for the future. Through our innovative work-integrated learning program, we are bridging the gap between education and industry.
Our research programs focus on applied technology in core areas of engineering practice including communications engineering, electronic systems engineering, mechatronics, robotics, civil and construction engineering as well as advanced manufacturing.
RMIT has a reputation for excellence in work-relevant education and high quality research. RMIT courses are constantly updated to meet the changing needs of business and the broader community, and to provide students with specialised content relevant to professional and personal success in a rapidly-changing world.
With over 120 years of educational excellence, RMIT offers programs and courses ranging from postgraduate degrees by research to employment-focused diplomas and certificates. RMIT offers a global passport to study internationally with education that aligns with industry producing graduates that excel in an open world economy.
RMIT can help you develop and build your career in many ways. We offer career advice and related services, as well as the extras that can make you the sought-after candidate for your dream job:
- overseas study and work placements
- finding a mentor who will help you build an effective network
- participating in university decision-making
- beefing up your business and entrepreneurship skills.
Swinburne University of Technology is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.
Swinburne is ranked in the top 400 universities in the world and is in the top 100 for physics (in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results).
Swinburne was recognised as above world standard overall in engineering research, and well above world standard in marine engineering.
Swinburne’s Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences teach undergraduate engineering degrees in:
- Computer Systems
- Electrical and Electronic
- Product Design
- Robotics and Mechatronics
At a post graduate level, students can study Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Ports and Harbour Engineering and Risk Management.
Swinburne engineering students benefit from personalised teaching with a focus on hands-on learning and industry-connected projects. They learn how to solve real problems by combining an understanding of theoretical concepts with their applied engineering knowledge.
Swinburne and Engineers Australia are working together to educate and inspire the next generation of engineers.
Victoria University (VU) in Melbourne is well known for hands-on learning, practical work placement opportunities for students and extensive industry connections. The university’s focus is on creating work-ready graduates.
VU's College of Engineering and Science has strong partnerships with engineering, informatics and scientific organisations, both locally and globally, to inform curriculum and research, provide access to state-of-the-art resources and give students fantastic workplace learning opportunities. Industry connections and relevant, up-to-date skills are the hallmark of a VU education.
This industry focus has also led to the development of curriculum and degrees that aren't available anywhere else in Victoria, such as Architectural Engineering.
The College champions the delivery of problem-based learning, an innovative teaching and learning approach that uses real-world problems to help students develop critical thinking, teamwork, communication and technical skills. Problems are derived from industry and community to provide an applicable context for learning and the development of essential knowledge that is sought by industry employers.
Vocational and Higher Education
VU is one of the few Australian universities to offer both vocational training (TAFE) and higher education. Flexible study pathways connect courses between certificates and diplomas offered at Victoria Polytechnic, the University’s TAFE division, and undergraduate degrees and postgraduate programs, including masters and PhDs offered at VU.
The College of Engineering and Science delivers a broad range of courses in:
- Civil engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Electronic engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Architectural engineering
- Fire safety and risk engineering
- Sport engineering
- Building surveying
- Project management
- Plus, an extensive range of information technology and science courses.
In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results, VU ranked at or above world standard in eight engineering-related fields including electrical and electronic engineering, mathematical sciences, applied mathematics, engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Innovative and future-focused, VU's research covers alternative energy, applied informatics and mathematics, biotechnology, chemical and analytical science, fire safety and risk engineering, sustainable building, water resources and more.
VU provides comprehensive academic, career and financial support to its students, and offers a wide range of scholarship programs and international study opportunities.
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Engineers Australia's Victoria Division has many well-appointed meeting rooms, providing ideal facilities for your meeting room needs. Located in the CBD, all meeting rooms are modern and comfortable, fully carpeted, and equipped with air conditioning/heating and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment. There are also onsite kitchen facilities available.
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Engineers Australia, Victoria Division comprises engineering branches and technical societies to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking.
- Australian Cost Engineering Society
- Australasian Tunnelling Society
- Australian Geomechanics Society
- Australian Society for Defence Engineering
- Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA) VIC Chapter
- Industry Engineering Society
- Asset Management Council (formely MESA)
- Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA)
- Risk Engineering Society (RES)
- Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
- Society of Fire Safety (SFS)
- The Sustainable Engineering Society (SEng)
- Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA)
Victoria Division Awards
Building on its proud history Engineers Australia's Individual Awards confer recognition for outstanding individual engineering achievements and promote those engineers who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work. Engineers Australia Individual Awards recognise professional achievement, or engineering excellence in its various forms, and promote the profession of engineering.
Individual Awards nominations at the Divisional level are open for inspiring engineers who demonstrate a contribution to the well-being of the people and communities of Australia, resourcefulness in planning, finding solutions to design problems, pioneering the use of materials and methods, use of sustainable engineering practices and innovative design and construction and aesthetic value.
The Individual awards is a nominator-driven program. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Encouraging and inspiring others begins with education
Welcome to Engineers Australia’s School Program section. In this space we aim to create and equip students, graduates, educators, academics, parents and career advisors in educating and incorporating the many different facets of engineering into their professional and personal lives through various engineering programs that we run.
We believe that by introducing engineering concepts and ideas to students in particular, in both primary and secondary years, it will inform them about engineering career options and prepare them to participate in a technological society in their coming years.
Are your students creative problem solvers?
Discover Engineering, the Engineers in Schools Program, has been established by Engineers Australia Victorian Division to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about engineering and what it involves.
Few professions touch all aspects of people's lives on a global scale. We know that many students don't know what engineering is or what an engineer does but when they find out, they are hooked!
Partnering your school with Engineers Australia can help students to understand the industry, how to become an engineer and the exciting places it can take them.
All sessions involve:
- An engineer via Engineers Australia
- Communications pathways available to become an engineer
- Discussions on the diversity and scale of engineering
- Insight into how engineering changes our lives and benefits our communities
Primary School Presentation Kit
Make it so I can be an Engineer: Primary School Presentation Kit
This Schools Kit was developed as part of Engineers Australia's Public Awareness Campaign, Make it so. While designed initially for volunteers, this it provides valuable tools and resources to support teachers and careers advisors efforts in introducing the profession of engineering to primary school students.
A slideshow presentation aimed at primary school students that can be used in the classroom.
Speaker notes have been prepared to accompany the slideshow presentation. These notes are intended to provide supportive language that kids can understand aurally, while reducing the onscreen text to words that kids can easily read.
Activity Sheets and Exercises
This presentation kit contains a number of activities and engagement exercises to further help engage with students.
Activity sheet A - Identify all the objects made by engineers
A simple exercise to identify things that were made by an engineer.
Activity sheet B - Draw some of the places where engineers work
A creative exercise to draw engineers at work in different places
Lower primary engagement exercise
This exercise is designed to have the children create something they could take home and show mum and dad. It is a great exercise for the lower primary kids because it is independent work and can be done at their own pace.
These exercises are designed to introduce students into the world of engineering by trying to solve a problem/challenge.
Teachers Fact Sheet
The Teachers Fact Sheet provides information for teachers including:
- What is engineering?
- Becoming an engineer
- Career Choices in engineering
- Useful links
The Engineering education curriculum from Primary School through to High School is outlined below.
Foundation to Level 4 – Laying the foundations (Lower to Middle Primary)
In Foundation to Level 4, students begin to understand that people use creative and inventive thinking to help them meet human needs and wants. In Design, Creativity and Technology students are encouraged to wonder, be curious and imaginative. They explore possibilities and concepts and verbalise their thought processes.
As their awareness of their local community develops, students begin to understand the need for design and technology in the world. They ask questions and identify problems, needs and opportunities. They become familiar with design briefs as a way of posing problems and challenges, and are able to interpret and contribute to briefs. Design provides a context for engaging students in their learning. They recognise that there are processes for designing, producing and evaluating products.
Levels 5 to 8 – Building breadth and depth (Upper Primary to Lower Secondary)
In Levels 5 to 8 students are able to think conceptually and analytically. They become more complex thinkers who work with increasing independence when designing, planning and making products. They become aware of the impact of design and manufacturing on the wider society and the environment. They recognise that many issues can have an impact on the design of products and systems.
Design briefs become more complex and the contexts for these broaden as students develop the capacity to analyse and conceptualise ideas. While some design briefs will focus on areas that are of personal interest to students, the contexts for others might be beyond students’ immediate environment, including other communities and environments and possibly world contexts.
Levels 9 to 10 – Developing pathways (Middle Secondary)
Students become discerning, discriminating and independent thinkers at this stage of their learning. As a result, they can discuss the place of design and technology in society as well as describe some of the economic and environmental benefits and implications of product and system design. They further develop critical awareness of design and technology from the perspectives of both consumer and designer.
Design briefs become more complex and challenging, and, as students seek to apply their learning beyond school, they become aware of client- and user-focused design. Students gain confidence and display autonomy and initiative in constructing design briefs. They expand their strategies for exploring ideas that inform their designs, and select appropriate strategies for specific contexts.
Discover Engineering Day
Discover Engineering Day has been established by Engineers Australia to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about engineering and what it involves. Few professions touch all aspects of people's lives on a global scale. We know that not many students know what engineering is or what an engineer does but when they find out they are hooked! Partnering your school with Engineers Australia, you can help students understand the industry, how to become an engineer and the exciting places it can take them!
Activities on the day can include Games Technology, Robotics and Virtual Reality, Engineering and Science Lab, presentations from Young Engineering Graduates and University/TAFE course information. To find out more about Discover Engineers Days, contact us.
The Victorian Discover Engineering Day Program is supported by Principal Partners:
Engineering Students @ Work
The Engineering Students @ Work program was launched by AKORN Educational Services to provide a realistic Engineering experience for secondary school students.
The program provides:
- a realistic engineering experience for secondary schools
- exposure to working with engineering firms
- understanding and adopting sustainable engineering design solutions
It is a five-day program which provides a team of 5-6 students the opportunity to work in a firm as a project team – being given a project brief, relevant industry information/background, access to research and time to develop and prepare a report and presentation given on the final day to staff, teachers and parents.
The AKORN Educational Services Engineering Students @ Work (ES@W) Program is “A realistic Engineering Experience for Secondary School Students”. This five-day program provides the opportunity for a team of 5-6 Year 10 students working in a host organisation to:
- Learn about the diversity & vitality of engineering
- Work with professional engineers
- Participate in experiential learning
- Develop an understanding of and an ability to adopt sustainable engineering design solutions
These programs provide students with valuable knowledge and skills that help them function effectively in a scientifically and technologically advanced society teaching students how to identify and investigate issues, draw evidence-based conclusions and make informed decisions.
Host companies provide project briefs to the team on Day 1 and students are provided information about various disciplines of engineering that will be used in the research of their project. Using Google Sketch-Up they develop the design of their concept and report their findings on Day 5 with a written report, a PowerPoint and verbal presentation.
An Engineering Students @ Work team was followed through their week at Norman Disney & Young. This DVD defines the program and the outcomes the students achieve. Pictured in the DVD are students from Catholic Regional College in North Keilor, Eryn O’Mahoney, Teacher at CRC and Peter Koulos, Director - Norman Disney & Young . The DVD was produced by Simon Lindsay, Senior Project Officer – Science, Innovation and Research at the Catholic Education Office – Melbourne.
“With a recognised shortage of skilled engineers in the Australian workforce, it is incumbent upon the engineering industry to inform and promote the exciting opportunities and rewards that the engineering profession can offer. The concept of “Engineering Students @ Work” was conceived in 2009 between Norman Disney & Young and Akorn Educational Services and provides the link into schools for students to experience the engineering profession. The objectives of the program are to provide a realistic engineering experience for secondary students, allow students to learn about the diversity and vitality of engineering, work with active professional engineers and develop an understanding of collaborative working.
The students who have participated in this program have all taken task the challenge presented and came up with some novel sustainable design solutions. The real success of the program has been in exposing students to engineering and helping to develop their team work, presentation skills and time management skills. NDY has been pleased with the response to the program and will be continuing this program in 2011 and beyond with four schools planned to attend NDY’s Melbourne offices each year. At the same time we are seeking other firms to join the Engineering Students @ Work program and work to promote and invigorate current students to the exciting opportunities of the engineering profession.”
Telecommunications & Infrastructure Manager - Victoria
NORMAN DISNEY & YOUNG
15 Batman Street, West Melbourne, VIC 3003, Australia
T +61 3 9862 6800 | F +61 3 9862 6900 | M +61 432 743 956
For further information about the ES@W program please contact:
Year 9 Humanitarian Eng Conference
Register your school to participate in the first 2012 Year 9 Humanitarian Engineering Conference. Details can be found below:
Akorn Educational Services, together with Engineers Without Borders, WorleyParsons, Catholic Education Office and Engineers Australia delivered the very first Year 9 Humanitarian Engineering Conference to fifty four year 9 students from nine different schools.
During Australian Engineering Week, the students attended Engineering House in North Melbourne to receive a brief from Engineers Without Borders who presented a real-life humanitarian disaster event.
The students were divided in teams where they worked with an EWB volunteer and a WorleyParsons engineer to address a project brief and devise solutions. The brief was a real-life humanitarian event were the students needed to use ‘engineering skills’ to develop strategies and solutions to the various problems.
Once the teams collated and evaluated their ideas, each group was required to present on their findings to the group which included the Victorian State President, Mr David Eltringham, who was left speechless by the team’s effective delivery of their findings.
When asked how the day was, one student replied, ‘Epically Awesome!’
Engineers Without Borders School Outreach Program
EWB's School Outreach Program inspires school students to change the world by using science, technology, engineering and mathematics to address important global challenges such as water and sanitation, shelter, renewable energy and digital access.
We work closely with schools across Australia, curriculum authorities and educational organisations to enable students to:
- Develop key engineering skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, time management and team work
- Take part in sustainable development activities
- Experience new skills and learnings in a friendly, collaborative and fun environment
- Discover the work of professional engineers.
Science and Engineering Challenge
The Science and Engineering Challenge is a nationwide STEM* outreach program.
Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of Science and Engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.
The Challenge runs a range of programs but focuses on inspiring students in year 10 to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study the enabling sciences and mathematics in years 11 and 12.
- Science & Engineering Challenge at Deakin University
- Science & Engineering Challenge at Victoria University
Victoria University's Engineering Schools Program
Creating curriculum that engages young minds is a central aim of the Engineering Schools Program at Victoria University. Our free, hands-on activities for school groups are designed to give students a solid foundation understanding of the engineering process, from the design stage, to construction and testing.
The interactive activities focus on skills such as using measurement and design skills to prepare creative prototypes for experiments. Activities are suitable for students from Year 9 and above, with schools able to select the activity in which they want their students to participate.
Our students will be on hand, enabling your students to ask young, aspiring engineers about their experiences, study and career aspirations.
Students will work in teams to design and construct (material provided) a structure to withstand the passing of a seismic wave. The structure will be made to support a load and placed on a floating pontoon in the computer-controlled wave simulation tank.
TALL BUILDINGS FOR EARTHQUAKES:
Students will work in teams to design and construct (material provided) a tall building model to withstands seismic ground motion (earthquakes). The structure will be made to support a load and placed on a computer-controlled earthquake simulation machine.
SHOCK ABSORBING LANDING PAD:
Students will work in teams to design and construct (material provided) a landing pad to protect a fragile object from damage during a landing. An egg will be dropped onto the landing pad from a pre-determined height and the aim is to ensure that the egg withstands the landing shock without breaking while using the least possible amount of material.
WIND TURBINE DESIGN:
Students will work in teams to design and construct (material provided) the blades of a turbine to extract maximum energy from wind. Each design will be subjected to efficiency (and survival) tests using an instrumented wind tunnel where the wind and turbine speeds will be measured along with the turbine power output.
Dates: Fridays in Term 4, 2016 (3 October - 20 December)
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Location: Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus, Footscray
Capacity: 30 students per session
Contact: Tricia Filder
Subjects students should be studying during their Victorian Certificate of Education
As with most careers these days, students also need to start planning now to ensure they take the right kind of subjects which will enable them to take up engineering at university and access great lifestyle, education and career opportunities in future. Some of the main subjects students will need to successfully undertake to become an engineer include:
Students will need to take lots of maths subjects at school if they are interested in becoming an engineer or part of the engineering team. Lots of careers require maths as a basis - not just engineering. Students will need to do algebra, geometry and trigonometry – they may sound or be difficult but they will open the doors to many exciting opportunities for students in the future.
Students need to prepare early in terms of taking the right sort of classes in school because it prepares them for university later on. Some of the maths classes students would probably need to consider taking in school include:
Algebra is vital for developing problem solving skills. Algebra uses basic arithmetic rules to describe and group things, in order to discover the value of an ‘unknown’ element (usually represented by a letter in an equation). Algebra also forms the basis for many other math subjects.
Geometry is the study of the properties of and relationships between points, lines, angles, and surfaces. Geometry uses logic and mathematical laws to describe the physical world and provides students with several critical problem solving tools.
In trigonometry, students study triangles and trigonometric functions like sine, cosine, and tangent. Trigonometry also has real world applications which deal with anything from radio waves and electricity to telescopes and ship navigation.
Calculus combines all math concepts and develops these to the next level to solve complex problems. Calculus uses designated symbols and logic and applies them to do difficult calculations, like determining the orbit of a rocket, how many people can fit into a football stand or predicting the time it takes a wave to reach the shore.
Science is a body of knowledge about the world developed through the scientific method. Observations about the world lead to hypotheses or educated guesses about why things happen or operate in certain ways. In Science hypotheses are developed, tested and, based on the results of the test, proved correct or not. Science subjects that students considering an engineering career need to consider include:
Physics studies matter and energy and how they interact. It is the study of why things move the way they do, or why stay where they are. For example why does water behave the way it does? A basic understanding of physics is needed for every engineering field.
Chemistry studies the composition, structure, and physical properties of substances and the reactions that produce or convert them into other substances. Like physics, a basic understanding of chemistry is necessary for every engineering field.
Biology is the study of living organisms. Biology encompasses several specialized sciences including botany, zoology, microbiology, and genetics. An understanding of living systems is important to all engineers, but is particularly relevant for those students working in environmental, agricultural, and medical engineering jobs.
Ecology (which is sometimes taught or called environmental science) is the study of how living organisms and the physical environment interact. However all engineers, regardless of those just working as environmental engineers need a basic understanding of how things in nature are connected.
There are several other sciences that students wanting to become an engineer should consider learning about: Anatomy, the study the human body; Anthropology, the study of cultures; Astronomy, the study of stars and the cosmos; Economics, the study of markets and resource allocation; Psychology, the study of human senses; and Sociology, the study of societies or people in groups.
Other subjects for students to consider
In addition to studying maths and science subjects, it is also important for students to develop other skills which will help them become and be good engineers. For example engineers need to have well developed communication, teamwork and project management skills. Students will only develop these kinds of skills by trying new things and taking a broad range of subjects in school. It is important that Students start exploring these different types of subjects before they get to secondary school. It is important for students to get a ‘broad education’ and they should explore subjects like:
Communication skills are critical to success in any career. Students need to continually develop and improve on their reading, writing, and speaking skills. Subjects which can help you improve your communication skills include English, English literature, speech/communications, debate, media relations and journalism/broadcasting – even taking a new language like Japanese or French at school. Learning about the culture and customs of another country is fun and can be a valuable job skill – particularly if you want to work overseas.
History and Geography
The globalised world is a small one. Skill shortages and a portable workforce means many engineers are working in other countries or in ‘E’ teams with engineers from other countries. Understanding the culture, history and how governments and industry in other parts of the world operates gives a Student perspective. Courses that students may want to consider taking now and in the future include Australian history, ancient and world history, politics and current events.
Creativity is an important part of engineering. Many engineers play musical instruments or speak multiple languages. The world students live in provides them with lots of opportunities to explore the arts in their community. Visual arts such as sketching, sculpting, painting, photography and film and being involved in the performing arts, such as dance, drama, choir, and singing or playing in a band enable Students to learn about teamwork - another important skill for engineers.
Sport of any kind, from swimming, football to a canoe trip with Scouts, are opportunities for Students to be active, stay healthy, and learn discipline and teamwork.
People generally have a reasonable idea of what a dentist, a lawyer or a teacher does. However, the scope of the activities covered by the term ‘engineer’ is more difficult to summarise.
In today’s world, engineers are mainly concerned with maintaining and improving living standards and quality of life. Almost every aspect in our lives has somehow been influenced by an engineer - the water we drink, the buildings we live, learn and work in, products created in factories, computers we surf the net on, the appliances, medical services and technologies and vehicles that make our lives more efficient and comfortable - all owe their existence to engineers.
To ‘engineer’ literally means to ‘make things happen’. Engineering is about the design and production of useful products and services. Engineering know-how converts scientific knowledge into technology and then technology into successful innovation. Many seemingly simple aspects of our daily lives have been thoroughly designed or controlled by an engineer.
Skills for Life
Regardless of what kind of career your child might think of doing – and engineering is no different – it is important to keep all their options open when studying.
Even if your child is thinking of applying to do an engineering apprenticeship or traineeship, it is strongly advised that they study at least one maths subject in Years 11 and 12.
The technical or specialised skills required for an engineering career include the study of maths and science.
As with most careers these days, your child will need to start planning while they are in high school, to ensure they take the right kind of subjects which will enable them to take up engineering later at university. Studying Maths and Science subjects are essential to ensuring your child understands the basics for a career in engineering.
Transferable skills, often referred to as personal skills, are as important as technical skills when it comes to pursuing a career in engineering. These include teamwork, communication skills, familiarity with technology and the ability to think critically.
Encourage your child to enrol in maths subjects at school if they are interested in pursuing engineering at a tertiary level such as algebra, geometry and trigonometry – they may sound or be difficult but they will open the doors to many exciting opportunities for students who take these subjects.
Broadly speaking, Science refers to the body of knowledge about the world as it is understood through scientific method. Observations about the world lead to hypotheses or educated guesses about why things happen or operate in certain ways. In science, hypotheses are developed, tested and, based on the results of the test, proved correct or not. All of the science subjects offered at school such as physics, biology, ecology and chemistry are important and relevant to a career in engineering.
To see the various pathways into an engineering career for your child through TAFE or University, see the Pathways into Engineering diagram.
Please click on the headings below for further information.
Engineering courses at Victorian universities:
- Deakin University
- La Trobe University
- Monash University
- RMIT University
- Swinburne University
- University of Ballarat
- University of Melbourne
- Victoria University
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a member-based not-for-profit organisation with 10 years experience in creating systemic change through humanitarian engineering.
Make It So began as a competition in 2010, inviting people to share their dreams about what they would like to see “made so” by engineering teams. The site continues to be maintained as a place where engineers can continue to connect with – and inspire – people from beyond the profession.
Bringing Engineering to Girls. Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school. We have chapters at eleven universities across Australia, the UK and Ireland.
Watch interviews and other informational videos produced by Engineers Australia on our Youtube Channel.
Your guide to effective engineering remuneration planning.
Engineering Heritage Victoria (EHV) is a Special Interest Group of the Victoria Division of Engineers Australia. Their role is to promote the achievements of engineers.
Learn Experience Access professions is funded through the Commonwealth Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program with the aim of using the professions as a means to engage students from low SES communities in higher education. The program also aims to give high school students a greater understanding of the professions targeted and also to help them become confident in their ability to achieve success at university.
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