Engineering is a career for problem solvers. It’s a wide and diverse field that touches every part of human life. The vehicles we drive, the electronic devices we use, the buildings we work in and the medicines we take are all products of engineering.
This means anyone with interests in virtually any area can be attracted to and enjoy engineering and it’s never too early to introduce engineering to young people. Young children can develop an interest in and appreciation for engineering with toys such as Lego, Meccano or even Play Doh.
We’ve put together some resources for school-age students and teachers to help you foster interest in budding engineers of any age.
Resources for teachers, school students and parents
Teachers can use the links here to access programs and resources to help engage your students with engineering.
Visit our publication library to find our STEM toolkits for primary and high school students. Download free presentations, posters, brochures and preparation materials to help young people to explore engineering and a career in STEM.
Activities for teachers to use with primary school students. A section for parents includes fun and educational activities to help primary school students learn about engineering.
Access a wide range of resources and programs to foster an interest in STEM in school students. This includes national competitions where senior school students compete in programs like F1 in schools, 4X4 in schools, subs in schools and space in schools.
This program provided by Questacon helps primary school teachers to engage students with engineering through storytelling and problem solving.
The Year 13 Engineering your future Academy helps senior students to learn more about engineering as a career. Don't forget to check out the Expo tab.
Tertiary students and institutions
Students currently studying engineering can benefit from a range of resources and information to help their studies and future job prospects. We’ve put together some useful links below that you can use now and to help you look for that first job.
Join Engineers Australia with a free student membership and get access to a range of benefits, practical training and career resources.
Bridge the gap between university theory and working practice by completing virtual work experience. We’ve partnered with GradAustralia to deliver eight virtual work experiences across seven engineering disciplines. Each one takes between two and five hours to finish and are accessed via the EA portal.
Visit our internship hub to find out more about how internships work and how to apply for and prepare for an internship.
Get an advantage in the jobs market and find roles that are only advertised in the EA portal.
Visit EA’s resource library to find events, courses and material to help you prepare for work, network and find a mentor.
Accreditation for tertiary institutions
Visit the accreditation page to learn how engineering courses are accredited and to see a list of currently accredited courses.
Each year Engineers Australia recognises outstanding engineering students who will contribute to the future of the profession. The Institute Graduate and College National Graduate Awards are awarded annually to graduating student engineers who are nominated by their tertiary institution. Learn more about our tertiary awards and how to nominate students.