Home' The Good Universities Guide : The Good Universities Guide 2016 Contents mining). The newer engineering fields (such as aeronautics,
informatics and mechatronics) have been more popular than the
older sub-disciplines in recent years, but this trend may reverse,
with industry and faculty leaders decrying shortages of qualified
professionals in the more traditional engineering specialisations
(civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical).
If you're yet to find your specific interest within engineering, you
should research carefully and consider the following points. Most
engineering students become engineers and, what's more, the
specialisation they study is the specialisation they practise. It's
not a once-and-for-all decision though; many engineers move
into other fields, such as management, project management and
consultancy, a few years into their careers. Engineers of all
persuasions can also work across different sectors and
industries, offering some options for a change of scenery.
Nevertheless, this is a field that typically narrows down options.
Another option is to complete a double degree - you can
combine engineering with arts, business, computer science,
environmental science, commerce and law, among others. A
double degree allows you to add another dimension to your
technical skill-base and keeps your options open.
Where to study
Engineering degrees are offered at almost all universities,
although some specialisations are more widely available than
others. In order to practise, you will need to meet the
accreditation requirements set by Engineers Australia, which
includes a period of compulsory industry experience.
Overall, engineering is fairly tough to get into compared with
other fields. Subjects such as mathematics and sciences
(especially physics) are almost always required. Don't forget,
there is often a difference in the cut-off scores between single and
The student body and graduate ratings
combined degrees. Some engineering courses have special
scholarships and programs aimed at attracting female applicants,
who currently make up a small percentage of the workforce.
To compare entry difficulty at different institutions, see the 'How
tough is it to get in?' tables in Section 4.
In the midst of an engineering shortage, Engineers Australia has
confirmed that, while the number of new engineering graduates is
increasing slightly, it is growing much slower than the demand.
It has been suggested that an increased exposure to science and
mathematics subjects in secondary school will encourage
students to opt for engineering courses at tertiary level. A
mandatory digital technologies subject, to be taught up to Year 8
level as part of the Australian Curriculum, has been welcomed by
Engineers Australia. The subject will aim to provide students with
the skills to be 'efficient operators of technology and critical users
The industry has also been looking at solutions to the gender bias
inherent in engineering - women currently make up less than 10
per cent of the national engineering workforce. The Women in
Engineering National Committee, run by Engineers Australia,
works to attract, support and retain women in the field. See
www.engineersaustralia.org.au/women-eng i neeri n 9 for more
details. One initiative is the committee's mentoring program,
which provides support for female engineers to achieve their
career goals. Another, the Women in Engineering Summit,
encourages girls to consider engineering through a camp-style
event, providing opportunities to meet with industry leaders,
academics and other students who have similar interests.
Scholarships and grants are also available.
THE STUDENT BODY GRADUATE RATINGS
Total students % International % Domestic Estimated average Teaching quality Generic skills
students schoolleavers tuition costs for
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 424.
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