Why Choose Engineering?

Why choose engineering – how about the diversity, the income, the lifestyle and people working in engineering get to do cool stuff?

To ‘engineer’ literally means to “make things happen”. Engineering is about the design and production of useful products and services. Engineering know-how converts scientific knowledge into technology and then technology into successful innovation. Many seemingly simple aspects of our daily lives have been conceptualised, designed and developed by an engineer.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider a career in engineering.

Engineers have diverse careers

Engineering is an exciting career. Engineers achieve great things. Throughout history, people working in engineering have contributed to their communities, countries, colleagues and civilisations by making tools, machines and countless other things to help people improve their lives and progress onto better things.

The diversity of engineering means that whatever your interest, there is probably a place for you working in engineering. From information technology to medical science and mining, from building roads to space travel, engineers are working to make things happen.

Engineers are in demand

There is growing skill shortage of trained engineering workers across all engineering sectors. are the number one barrier to business growth and delivery., technology Current workforce projections show that Australia needs more engineers (TAFE and university graduates) to maintain the level of growth in the Australian economy.

We need more engineering personnel to build roads, support hospitals, staff climate change projects, modernise Australia’s Defence Force and the list goes on.

What does a skills shortage mean for people considering engineering as a career choice – job security. It is that simple.

Engineers get to do cool stuff

Being an engineer means you get to be the first to develop or try out new technologies like artificial hearts, developing and delivering better constructed environmentally sustainable buildings like the first undersea house! Engineers design and build virtual reality worlds, soccer fields or new planets. Engineers discover and patent new materials that can cure cancer or cure the common cold. Engineers are involved in making the future a reality.

Engineers work everywhere

Engineers work everywhere: in cities, regional and rural communities, even remote wilderness areas.

Some engineers work business offices, classrooms, others in factories or research labs; some work outdoors or even in outer space.

Some engineers undertaken double degrees and go into medicine, law, business management, or policy. An engineering education will prepare you for many different careers.

Engineers get to travel

Just think that right after graduation from TAFE or university you might be earning a relatively good income and/or be offered work on interesting and challenging projects in interesting parts of Australia or the world.

An engineering career offers the opportunity to travel around the world making a difference and contributing to communities. It is a versatile and rewarding career which can take students anywhere they want to go – either with companies, governments, aid organisations, or as your own boss.

Engineers work on interesting projects

Engineers usually work in project teams made up of people with expertise in different areas such as accounting, law, project management, surveying, drafting to name a few.

Engineers have a good work/life balance

Flexibility and effective time management skills are key skills engineers need to manage and work.

Engineers can earn good money

The growing skill shortages across many fields of engineering are generating higher graduate salaries and other benefits for engineering graduates. See the comparative income table between engineers and other disciples.

Additionally, there is plenty of work for engineering graduates with full-time employment percentages ranging from 86.2 per cent to 98.7 per cent.

Engineers have a great lifestyle

Because engineers have good incomes and have a good work/life balance, engineers get to enjoy their many different hobbies and interests. An engineering career is very well paid which means engineers have the financial security that allows you to really enjoy life.