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Engineering and Technology

The Business and Economics
discipline is one of the most popular program choices for international
students coming to Australia.

Specialisations
The
Engineering and Technology disciplines offered in Australia cover numerous
areas of specialisations including:

Aviation/Aerospace;

Materials
Engineering;

Biomedical;

Manufacturing Engineering;

Building Services/Construction;

Mechanical Engineering;

Computer Science;

Mining Engineering;

Chemical Engineering;

Network Support;

Civil Engineering;

Operating Systems Security;

Digital Design;

Resource Engineering;

Electronic Publishing;

Software Development;

Electrical Engineering;

Sound Production;

Environmental Engineering;

Telecommunications Design;

Hardware Development;

User Support;

Industrial Engineering;

Video Games Development;

Information Technology;

Web development.

Internet Systems;

Certificate
Diploma
Advanced
Diploma
Bachelor
Degree
Graduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Diploma
Masters
by research/coursework
Professional Doctorates/PhD

Qualifications
Engineering
and Technology programs are offered at the following qualification levels:

TAFE and
private colleges typically offer vocational programs through Certificates,
Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, which allow students to become Technicians and
Engineering Assistants. Universities offer more specialised Bachelor Degrees, Graduate
Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, Professional Doctorates and PhDs.
These programs allow students to practise as professional Engineers.
There are some
exceptions though. Some TAFEs and Colleges might offer Bachelor programs and
Universities may offer Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs. Pathways are
available for students wishing to link their programs and reduce the amount of
time of their total study.

University Programs

Completion of
a degree at university level allows students to practise as professional
Engineers. Programs are devised in conjunction with Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer
Society. Examples of
programs include:

LEVEL
QUALIFICATION

Undergraduate
Bachelor
of Arts (Computer Science/Information Management/Information Technology); Bachelor of Applied Science; Bachelor of Computer Science; Bachelor of Engineering; Bachelor of Information Technology; Bachelor of Information Systems; Bachelor of Technology.

Postgraduate
Graduate
Certificate of Information Technology; Postgraduate Diploma of Engineering; Masters by coursework/research; and PhD.

Undergraduate
Many
universities offer a common first year for Engineering students and then start
to specialise in their second year. Similar to vocational education the
Engineering streams have higher entry requirements than Technology courses. For
example:
Examples of typical entry
requirements are:

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science – entry requirements range from 5 points
at A Levels with no subject prerequisites to 10 points at A Levels
including a prerequisite subject of Mathematics.

Bachelor of Engineering – entry requirements range from 5 points
at A Levels with subject prerequisites of Mathematics, Physics and or
Chemistry to 11 points at A Levels and Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
prerequisites.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate programs for Engineering students are generally offered at advanced levels. Within the technology disciplines there are several conversion graduate programs offered. These programs are available for non-technology graduates.

For example:

Masters of Information Technology
– admission is based on a student completing the equivalent to an Australian Bachelor Degree in any other discipline than Information Technology to a student with an equivalent Australian Bachelor Degree in an Information Technology discipline.

Masters of Engineering – students must have completed equivalent to an Australian Bachelor of Engineering Degree.

Pathways

There are limited pathways linking vocational and university level programs. These are more common in the Technology field than the Engineering field, although a limited number of private colleges have partnered with universities to offer Engineering pathways.

Professional Associations
The majority
of programs offered within the Engineering and Technology discipline are
developed in coordination with the appropriate professional body. The courses
usually offer internships and work placement. For example, TAFE offers
traineeship programs for students already employed in their preferred industry.
Graduates may
be eligible for membership of one of the following professional bodies:

Engineering

Engineers
Australia
The
Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists & Managers,
Australia (APESMA) Institute
of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Computer Society World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO)

Technology
Australian
Computer Society (ACS) Australian
Information Industry Association (AIIA) Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities

Computer
Aided Drawing (CAD) Operator;

Digital
Designer/Administrator;

Coal Miner;

E-commerce Specialist;

Data Communication Technician;

Information Systems Manager;

Designer;

Scientist;

Technician Electrical/Engineering/Electronics;

Systems Analyst;

Fitter and Turner;
3D Designer;

Instrument Maker;
Web Designer/Developer.

Engineer;

For the future, primarily, we must educate people in science, engineering, technology and math.
” Future

– Buzz Aldrin