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Engineer

Apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems.

What's it like to be an Engineer?

Engineers span many different disciplines, the main ones being chemical, civil, mechanical, electrical, mining and computer engineering. As an Engineer you will be involved in inventing, designing, analysing, building, and testing machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfil objectives while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety and cost. You may work across industries such as construction, manufacturing, telecommunications, mining, food production or aeronautics.

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Tasks and duties

  • Selecting locations and planning operations (e.g. Selecting a mining site for the safe, efficient and environmentally sound extraction of minerals, ores, petroleum or natural gas).
  • Researching and recommending materials (e.g. for use in manufacturing).
  • Planning and supervising construction, installing, maintaining and inspecting anything from machines and buildings to software and electrical systems.
  • As a Civil Engineer you may be working on projects that design and build skyscrapers, roads, and dams.
  • As an Aerospace Engineer you may be designing aircraft or space shuttles and probes for deep-space exploration.

What can I earn as an Engineer?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Engineer is between $120k and $140k
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How to become an Engineer


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The common pathway to becoming an Engineer usually takes 6-7 years of combined education and on-the-job experience.

  1. Decide on what type of Engineer you want to be. Although many of the skills of an Engineer are transferable between disciplines, it is recommended that you choose a specialisation early, in order to better focus your studies and training.
  2. Undertake a Bachelor of Engineering degree, majoring for example, in mining or geotechnical engineering.
  3. Apply for a job as a Graduate Engineer. You will usually spend 2-3 years as a Graduate before becoming a Professional Engineer.
  4. Consider additional certifications. In Australia, there are a number of qualifications available, depending on your specialisation, such as Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) or Registered Professional Engineer (RPEng) from Engineers Australia.

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How do Engineers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 6 Engineers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
4.0

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Aug 2019
Engineering is a very challenging career however if done right is also extremely rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Engineer
The good things
Engineering is an amazing career where you are able to design and create things for society and the world. If engineering is your passion you can really make a difference in the world and in people’s ...
The challenges
Engineering is a very challenging career you must be able to problem solve. You must also be able to work hard and meet deadlines because if you don’t or you cannot deliver complete and good work you ...
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Aug 2019
Engineering is about to be precise, patient, creative, innovative, disciplined and etc
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Engineering
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Technical centrr
The good things
The good things about engineering is that if you like your background studies you definitely get into use them frequently so job will be satisfactory. The challenging part is that these days if you do...
The challenges
As above
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Working hours for Engineers

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What are the job opportunities for Engineers?

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Engineer jobs on SEEK
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National increase over next 5 years *
13%
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Source: LMIP. Engineering Professionals

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