What do engineers do? According to Albert Einstein; “Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been.” Engineers take a problem, and come up with a solution. It is a subject underpinned by maths and science, deducing how things work, and working with other people to solve often large and complex problems.
Traditionally engineering was associated with infrastructure – the construction of bridges, tunnels and transport networks – but in the 21st century engineers are applying their knowledge and skills to areas as diverse as food production, mining, natural disasters and climate change.
Australian and New Zealand universities offer many different types of engineering, including aerospace engineering; automotive engineering; biomedical engineering; bioinformatics engineering; chemical engineering; civil and structural engineering; computer engineering; computer science engineering; electrical engineering; environmental engineering; food science and technology engineering; forest engineering; geospatial engineering; manufacturing engineering; mechanical engineering; mechatronics engineering; mining engineering; natural resources engineering; naval architecture; petroleum engineering; pharmaceutical engineering; photonics engineering; photovoltaic engineering; renewable energy engineering; software engineering; sustainable engineering and telecommunications engineering.
Undergraduate programmes in Engineering
A Bachelor of Engineering degree in Australia or New Zealand is four years long, rather than three as it typically is in the UK. Engineering students are required to undertake a general introductory first year before embarking on to their chosen specialisation in years two, three and four.
Engineering is an excellent qualification to study in Australia or New Zealand. Engineering degrees from Australia and New Zealand have excellent professional recognition in the UK and worldwide, thanks in part to the Washington Accord. This international agreement, signed in 1989, is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes. The six original signatories were the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada, though it has since expanded to include more countries. An engineering qualification from Australia or New Zealand is a passport to a potentially global career.
Graduate job prospects for Engineers
Engineers are prized in Australia and New Zealand, and have excellent graduate job prospects – over recent years an average of 90% of engineering graduates have found work in the industry within nine months of completing their course.
Postgraduate programmes in Engineering
Postgraduate engineering course offerings in Australia and New Zealand are both strong and varied. Postgraduate study in engineering deepens your knowledge in your chosen field, strengthening your career prospects and employability. All undergraduate engineering disciplines are available to study at postgraduate level, by coursework or by research. Many universities also offer postgraduate qualifications in engineering management, suitable for qualified engineers who wish to move into management roles within the industry.