Are you looking for exciting career? A career that can take you around the world, give you the opportunity to work with diverse cultures and work on projects you never dreamed of? Then engineering may be the career for you.
Engineers are responsible for creating the built environment we live in, developing energy, telecommunications and transportation systems to meet the needs of our communities, helping solve the major problems facing the world today such as water scarcity and climate change and helping to improve the health of our future generations.
Engineering projects are created and delivered by the engineering team, a team consisting of Professional Engineers, Engineering Technologists and Engineering Associates and each has their own important role to play.
So, what are these different roles?
Professional Engineers will have completed an Engineers Australia accredited four-year engineering degree at university.
They are the innovator and change agent and the driver of the advancement of technology.
They are responsible for the development of the standards governing engineering and focus on overall systems, developing and applying new engineering practices and pursuing engineering opportunities.
In doing this they take environmental, community & social issues into account. They must also be good problem solvers.
The Engineering Technologist will have completed an Engineers Australia accredited or recognised three-year engineering technology degree at university or TAFE.
The Engineering Technologist deals with the same areas as the Professional Engineer, but the knowledge is more applied, as opposed to theoretical.
The Engineering Technologists make an important contribution to the engineering profession using their strong knowledge base to carry out specific and complex engineering tasks.
The specialist knowledge of the Engineering Technologists is a key element in the practice of engineering with their focused learning and practical skills being highly valued in industry
An Engineering Associate will have completed an Engineers Australia recognised two-year advanced diploma or associate degree of engineering at TAFE.
Engineering Associates can be expert in installing, testing and monitoring equipment and systems, in the operation and maintenance of advanced plant, and in managing or supervising tradespeople in these activities.
They may be the expert in selecting equipment and components to meet given specifications, and in assembling these to form systems customised to particular projects.
Engineering associates are often required to be closely familiar with Standards and Codes of Practice, and to become the expert in the interpretation and application to a wide variety of situations.
So, if you feel engineering is for you, then any one of the roles in the Engineering Team can provide you with an exciting and rewarding career.
If you feel university is not the place for you now, then consider the other options available through TAFE.
There is always the opportunity to complete a Professional Engineering or Engineering Technologist degree later.
The profession needs people in each of the occupational categories; Professional, Technologist and Associate so grab the opportunity and join one of the most rewarding professions in the world now.