Industrial engineers develop, design and administer the construction operation and maintenance of process plants. They also coordinate manufacturing activities and ensure effective usage of resources.

Where industrial engineers are employed

Industrial engineers are mainly employed in manufacturing, professional, scientific and technical services and mining.

Pay

Full-time industrial engineers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Industrial Engineers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 415 people employed full-time as industrial engineers in South Australia compared with 276 in 2006.

How to become one

To become an industrial engineer you usually have to complete a degree in engineering with a major in industrial, manufacturing or mechanical engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects or assumed knowledge in one or more of English, maths, chemistry and physics are normally required.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions CentrE (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Licensing or registration requirements

In South Australia there are no licensing or registration requirements.

Engineering is a self-regulated profession that focuses on professional recognition through membership with professional bodies to gain professional standing within the industry. Many employers prefer candidates with recognition and or membership with Engineers Australia.

The highest level of formal recognition is through the Chartered Status Professional Development pathway with Engineers Australia. 

Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia

For engineers that have completed their training overseas, it is helpful to have overseas skills and qualifications assessed when looking for work.

If you come to South Australia as a migrant you may already have a pre-migration assessment from a professional body that indicates the status of your qualification(s) and or work experience. This is often all you need for the purposes of looking for work.

If you do not have this pre-migration assessment, you can access assessment services through Engineers Australia. This assessment will examine your qualifications and work experience to determine recognition levels and whether you are eligible to join National Registers and gain Engineers Australia Chartered status.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Specialist Migrant Services on 08 8303 2450 or email sms@sa.gov.au.

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