Occupational categories

Learn about the occupational categories within the engineering profession.

In Australia, roles in the engineering profession fall within three occupational categories. A fourth occupational category is available for the purposes of migrant skills assessment.

These categories are based on educational qualifications and experience.

    Professional engineers hold a four-year professional engineering degree that’s accredited or recognised by Engineers Australia. As a professional engineer, you have the skills to:

    • focus on overall systems
    • develop and apply new engineering practices
    • apply leadership and management skills
    • pursue engineering opportunities in a holistic way, taking environmental, community and social issues into consideration
    • solve diverse problems.

    Stage 1 competency standards for professional engineers (PDF 162KB).

    Stage 2 competency standards for professional engineers (PDF 195KB).

    Engineering technologists hold a three-year engineering technology degree that’s accredited or recognised by Engineers Australia. As an engineering technologist, you have the skills to:

    • focus on interactions with the system
    • modify and adapt established engineering practices
    • advance engineering technology.

    Stage 1 competency standards for engineering technologists (PDF 76KB).

    Stage 2 competency standards for engineering technologists (PDF 168KB).

    Engineering associates hold a two-year advanced diploma or associate degree of engineering that’s accredited or recognised by Engineers Australia. As an engineering associate, you have the skills to:

    • focus on specific elements of the system
    • work within codes and apply established practices and procedures.

    Stage 1 competency standards for engineering associates (PDF 72KB).

    Stage 2 competency standards for engineering associates (PDF 164KB).

    Overseas engineers whose qualifications don’t fit one of the three categories, can apply for a migrant skills assessment using the occupational category of Engineering manager. This occupation isn’t an engineering occupation, it belongs to the Managers ANZCO group listed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    Engineering managers hold a Bachelor of Engineering degree or comparable qualification in a field related to engineering plus relevant experience. As an engineering manager, you have the skills to:

    • formulate, implement and monitor engineering strategies, policies and plans
    • direct the administration and review of engineering operations for an organisation.

    Learn more about the entry to practice competencies for engineering managers (PDF 278KB).