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Thursday 29 March • 2pm - 7pm • Etihad Stadium @ Docklands
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• 80+ Exhibitors - Engineering Industry Leaders & Uni/Tafe providers
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• Career and Professional Development Advice
• Inspirational Guest Speakers
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By ANDREW ETHERD
Engineers are in high demand, and a career in the field can take you around the world.
It's great to be appreciated, and
nobody is appreciated these days
more than an engineer.
"There is a significant shortage of
skilled engineers," Stephen Durkin, chief
executive officer of Engineers Australia
says, "and we are keen to make sure that
students out there understand that, see
the opportunity, study engineering at
university, and go on to work as
With salaries rising faster than in any
other profession, and with the third
highest graduate starting salaries after
dentistry and optometry, and near cast
iron certainty of a lifetime's full
employment anywhere in the world,
engineering is a fascinating career that
anyone with good maths and science
skills should seriously consider.
"In broad terms we are seeing about
6,000 engineers graduating with
bachelor degrees each year," Mr Durkin
says, "and about 12,000 coming into
Australia; either permanently
immigrating or on temporary work visas.
''But we are still not getting sufficient
numbers to cover demand."
Engineers Australia is responsible for
monitoring and maintaining the
standards and practice of professional
engineers, and for administering the
granting of Chartered status to
"We are signatories to international
accords that mean that those
qualifications are recognised
worldwide," Mr Durkin says.
"For example, for professional
engineers who graduate from university,
we are signatories to the Washington
Accord, which means that they will be
recognised as able to practice across the
world. If you are of Chartered status in
Australia, it will be recognised in many
To achieve Chartered status you must
be able to demonstrate specified
competencies at experienced
practitioner level, either at the level of
professional engineer, engineering
technologist or engineering officer and
to maintain Chartered status you must
meet ongoing continuing professional
development and practice requirements.
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Average starting salary for Bachelor degree graduates is
$56,000. After a few years' experience, at Chartered status,
salary can often top $100,000 plus.
In 2011, for the first time, the average salary package for
public sector engineers broke the $100,000 mark.
Base salaries have increased by an average of nine per
cent in the past 12 months.
63 per cent of employers report difficulty in recruiting
suitably qualified engineers.
To practice as a professional engineer, you must complete
a four year Bachelor Degree. Working as an engineering
technologist requires a three year Bachelor Degree, and to
practice as an engineering officer the minimum
qualification is an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree.
A qualification accredited by Engineers Australia, is
benchmarked against the best programs, and will be
recognised both locally and internationally.
WHERE TO STUDY
Most universities offer engineering degrees, but check you
can study the aspects that interest you, and that the course
is accredited by Engineers Australia.
TAFEs run a variety of courses, up to diploma level, that
may provide exemptions for a future university degree.
Just about everywhere, from local authorities to offshore
gas rigs. And don't forget Defence.
Engineering is a full-time occupation unless self-employed.
Peak body: Engineers Australia
Engineer Your Career, www.engineeryourcareer.org.au/.
Graduate Careers, www.graduatecareers.com.au/.
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