The field of engineering will provide you with an occupation which has extremely wide reach.

  • Australia has five academic institutions ranked in the top 50 in the world for engineering and technology
  • In 2010, international students accounted for 43 per cent of all engineering graduates in Australia
  • Australia has 51 accredited engineering programs across the country

What is engineering?

The field of engineering will provide you with an occupation which has extremely wide reach. While it is a broad field, it typically falls under four main disciplines - chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

When undertaking a study in this field you will develop industry knowledge and technical skills, leaving with the ability to critically think and problem solve in complex environments.

In this field of study, you will learn about a diverse range of specialised areas including:

  • Manufacturing technology
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Land information technology and remote sensing
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Computer science engineering
  • Food technology
  • Aeronautical and space engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Mining
  • Plant and machine maintenance

What are my course options?

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET courses have a strong focus on practical teaching methods which will provide you with the required skills and knowledge to pursue support roles as an engineering associate or engineering technologist. Common subject areas offered include fabrication and welding, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.


Courses in undergraduate study provide you with the fundamental principles of engineering, where you will gain industry experience upon the completion of your degree. Common undergraduate options include aerospace engineering, civil engineering and computer engineering.

Most engineering courses offered in Australian institutions include 60 days (12 weeks) of approved industry training, preparing you for a smooth transition into the workforce.


Postgraduate and research courses expand your professional knowledge and skillset to lead and innovate in an area of your choice. For engineering professionals looking to conduct advanced research, upskill and become an expert within industry, a Doctor of Engineering is a common choice.

What could my future look like?

Graduating in this field, you will be able to turn your discoveries into practical solutions for real world problems. From improving medical equipment and health care systems as a biomedical engineer, to designing computer terminals and overseeing large-scale operations for aircrafts, there are endless possibilities to what you can achieve.

Graduate Programs

Studying engineering in Australia is favoured by employers around the world who want qualified and experienced graduates who can get the job done.

Additionally, Engineering Education Australia offers a Professional Year in Engineering program allowing international students to train in the field with a qualifying visa.

Did you know…When constructed in the 1950s, the Sydney Opera House was a source of great public debate due to complex engineering problems.

The Sydney Opera House now is critically acclaimed around the world for its design and construction and in 2007 it was added to the World Heritage List.

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