It is said that engineering is not just a profession; it is a way of thinking and being. Engineers use a variety of faculties – mathematics, science and practical knowledge – to invent, innovate, design, build and create something new. They are the ones who come up with practical solutions to challenging problems, combining application of theory and creativity. Engineers are the ones who push the limits of what’s possible – and make things happen. It is no wonder then why they are often considered the flag bearers of progress in society.
Engineering is most commonly associated with construction work – huge structures and buildings, dams and heavy machinery. But it is so much more than that. It has a wide range of applications in diverse industries, from technology to healthcare and even agriculture.
Engineering has become one of the most popular choices of study the world over, and even in Australia. In fact, it is one of the most popular fields for international students in Australia, influenced in part by the country’s thriving mining and technology sectors. But that’s not it. Australia has some of the world’s top universities for studying engineering, according to the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Engineering and Technology. The high quality of the courses offered in Australia arm students with a veritable competitive edge when it comes to the global job market.
- Certificate in Engineering
- Diploma in Engineering
- Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology
- Associate Degree in Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering (with a specialization)
- Graduate Certificate Engineering
- Graduate Diploma Engineering
- Master of Engineering (with a specialization)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)
- For Diploma, completion of Year 11
- For Bachelor’s degree, completion of Year 12 / Foundation Program / Diploma
- For Master’s degree, completion of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent in a relevant field of study + work experience (for some universities)
- An IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each component
- PTE Academic score of 58 – 64 (a communicative skill core of at least 50) or
- TOEFL score of 100, with 20 in each band
The course duration varies from 18 months to 4 years, as per the program chosen:
- Diploma (1.5 – 2 years)
- Diploma (1 year) + Bachelor (3 years)
- Bachelor (4 years)
- Master (2 years)
The Universities of Engineers Australia, also known as Engineers Australia, is the professional body for engineers in Australia. One must have completed an accredited degree to gain associate membership of this body. To be graded as a member, one must have a minimum of three years of work experience in the engineering industry.
Yes, this is one of the best parts about studying engineering in Australia. Students can transfer credits from earlier courses, as well earn some credits for prior work experience in relevant fields. This will help save time, effort and course costs, as it will help avoid repetition. Moreover, the students will get a chance to focus on the units that they wish to learn and gives more time for practical work.
Depending on the specialization you choose, here are some of the industries that will offer opportunities:
And many more!
This can be best understood by looking at the average salaries of engineers based on their work experience:
Work Experience – Average Salary
0 – 5 years – $ 66,000
5 – 10 years – $ 82,000
10 – 20 years – $ 1,00,000
This has been introduced to serve as a bridge between study and employment for engineering students from Australia. This program seeks to improve the employability of fresh grads, by giving them rich and relevant work experience. This is a minimum of 44-week training, including a 12-week industry internship.
Those who complete this program earn 5 points towards Permanent Residency. This program has been recognized by The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), and students with increased employability via this program have higher chances of securing a PR status.
At Bajwa Immigration, we are committed to you reaching your career goals and will be with you at every step of the way from selecting the right program to migrating to Australia.