Engineers use problem-solving skills to design and produce products and services

Have you ever looked at a structure, equipment, software or process and thought that you could make it simpler, faster or safer? That’s what an engineer does. Engineers also uncover why these things break down, repair them and stop them from breaking again.

Disciplines of study

Engineering study areas include:

  • Aviation and aerospace
  • Biomedical (medical devices, nanotechnology)
  • Chemical (pharmaceutical, metallurgy, materials, oil and gas)
  • Civil (built structures, transport, environmental, mining, water)
  • Electrical (energy generation and equipment, computer hardware and systems)
  • Electronic (automation, control systems)
  • Mechanical (manufacturing, thermal, sports, acoustics/sound, vehicles, power plants)
  • Mechatronic (robotics)
  • Software (cyber-security, telecommunications, traffic management, web development)

There is overlap between engineering disciplines, so it’s a good idea to explore more than one.

You can access most of these careers with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Then if you want to do more advanced work, VET provides pathways into further study.

Link between engineering and maths

Engineering uses mathematical tools for each field of study.

Vocational and university qualifications may have pre-requisite or assumed knowledge subjects such as Year 12 general maths, maths studies or specialist maths.

For more information about maths and building your skills in the area,
see Maths.

To learn more about the types of jobs and training options that use engineering, see STEM careers.

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