What’s it all about?
Engineering is an incredibly vast profession that is based around understanding the science of the real world and manipulating that knowledge to build structures, design technology, utilize the environment and much much more! The first step is to understand the different disciplines of engineering and figure out what is of most interesting to you.
Lets start with the most common ones:
Civil Engineering: Civil Engineering is all about the design and construction of the physical and naturally built environment. This means that you would be working on things like bridges, roads, buildings and dams.
Electrical Engineering: As the name would suggest, this discipline is all about understanding and applying all things electrical. Common roles are in energy, electronics and consulting.
Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical engineering is all about the design and construction of machines. Common industries for this is the defence force and motor vehicle industry
Will it suit me?
- Are you a creative person?
- Are you prepared to be self-motivated?
- Are you passionate science?
- Are you good with maths?
- Do you work well with others?
- Are you committed and willing to work in a challenging setting?
Answer yes to these questions and you should keep reading about Engineering!
What will I learn and what are some options?
You will explore an in depth understanding of the basic principals of your chosen discipline. This should be a combination of theory based education and applied methods that develops your skills for the workplace.
There are a few different levels to engineering, each with different study requirements:
Professional Engineer: Professional engineers plan, design, construct, operate and maintain everything in their specific field. With this course you will develop in depth understanding of your specific field that allows you to legally sign off work and authorise technical developments.
Bachelor of Engineering technology: This degree equips you with the knowledge to be an Engineering Technologist and specialise in a field. An engineering technologist is someone who is dedicated to progressing and maintaining existing technology in an engineering discipline.
Engineering Associate: You can study this course at TAFE and gain the qualification after 2 years. This will then allow you the option to transfer into a Bachelor Degree of Engineer Technology from University. This course will give you the fundamental knowledge to provide technical support to professional engineers.
How long will the course last?
Professional Engineering Bachelors Degree: 4 Years full time from Australian Uni’s
Bachelor of Engineering Technology: 3 years full time
Engineering Associate: 2 years full time from TAFE
What will I earn?
Here are a few pathway and career opportunities that are the most common and their average yearly salary:
- Civil Engineering: $123,000
- Electrical Engineering: $110,600
- Environmental Engineering: $111,500
- Structural Engineering: $121,700
- Project Management: $135,900
- Administration and Technical Support: $69,000
Keep in mind that these are AVERAGE salaries, what you really do and earn is up to you!
What careers will there be for me?
Engineering is an incredibly diverse industry that is fundamental to society, meaning there are a whole bunch of different jobs and specialisations that can support almost any type of work that you want to do. Especially here in Australia, we are looking at a huge infrastructure boom over the next decade that will create a whole heap of construction type jobs. This includes working in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental engineering, Structural engineering, Project Management, Administration and Technical Support.
What is Fee-Help or HECS?
Did you know the FEE-HELP / HECS scheme allows you to study now and pay for a course later? The great thing about FEE-HELP / HECS is that you don’t have to make any re-payments until you have a job and your income reaches a certain level, which for the 2014 / 15 income year is $53,345.
What’s for me?
That is precisely the difference with Year13. We work with over 30 course providers who will find out what you have always wanted to do and find the best course and provider to suit your study needs.
Whether you are studying part time, full time, online, or in a classroom our course advisors will find the best fit to suit your needs.