To become an engineer usually involves graduating with a university degree. However, there are many ways to work in the engineering profession in engineering-related careers which can be accessed through TAFE or vocational study and there are many ways to study.
Different TAFE courses
Different TAFEs offer a different mix of training. Students should be sure to identify which TAFE is the most suitable for the training program that they want to undertake.
To make an informed decision about what is the right course at a TAFE institution, find out about courses on offer for each TAFE.
To start, take a look at the summary of all engineering-related TAFE courses. It would be worthwhile for students to check out when TAFE open days are taking place and ask career teachers for any additional information.
A list of TAFEs for your state are in the Further Education box to the right. Using these links, you can find a TAFE course near you.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
Apprenticeships or traineeships offer students a way to gain nationally recognised training while being paid and undertaking real work experience.
Group training companies are another good place to look for an apprenticeship or traineeship.
New Technology Cadetships allow students to earn a salary while they learn their way to a highly skilled and challenging career in hi-tech business environments.
There are many career opportunities available to technology cadets including drafting, design, manufacturing, research and testing in a range of technical and engineering-related fields.
In addition to accessing career teachers, students should also consider approaching various organisations in relation to careers in engineering particularly industry associations.
Find out about scholarships
Universities and TAFEs offer a range of general scholarships for Students to apply for and also specific scholarships relating to engineering.
The MyFuture website has a scholarships database for all engineering courses nationally. Scholarships not only offer added financial assistance to get you through the course, they also look good on your CV – potential employers usually see awards as a sign of ‘leadership’ and initiative.