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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
australia: the education destination 33 32 australia: the education destination Engineering and It qualifications from Australia are the passport to a successful career anywhere in the world. Graduates work across the globe in top companies and government departments, making a difference to the way we live. Australia is renowned for its engineering and information technology (IT) education and its innovative approach that encourages creativity and problem solving. In fact, engineering and IT is one of the most popular fields of study for international students coming to Australia. adVancE Your EnGinEErinG or it cAreer When you study engineering or information technology (IT) in Australia, you will not only gain world-class qualifications but also an innovative outlook to advance your career. engineering And it cAreers one of the great attractions of engineering and IT is the huge variety of work. From designing programs at a computer terminal, to overseeing operations for major structures like aircraft, ships, heavy earth-moving equipment and offshore oil platforms – there are many ways to be an engineer or IT professional. Each of the many aspects of engineering branches off into other disciplines, and with the emergence of new technologies, the engineering profession is constantly seeing the introduction of new disciplines. Australian universities and vocational institutions offer courses across a broad range of traditional and emerging disciplines in engineering and IT. vocAtionAl QuAliFicAtions At the vocational level, you can study a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree to become an engineering tradesperson, technician or associate. Vocational courses are designed in consultation with industry representatives to ensure graduates will meet the skills and competencies for the current work environment and future trends. The courses are highly practical, teaching you work-related skills on the latest technologies. Many courses include simulated work environments or industry training with a local company. ‘ ’ Many courses include simulated work environments or industry training with a local company. This means you may be learning on state-of-the-art facilities on campus or going out into the workforce for on-the-job training. You gain the skills and practical confidence you need for your future career. Examples of the types of vocational courses in engineering include: • Advanced diploma of civil and Structural Engineering • diploma of Manufacturing Technology • diploma of Engineering (oil and Gas) • certificate IV in renewable Energy • diploma of Electrotechnology • diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering • Associate degree in Engineering Technology. the types of information technology courses include: • Advanced diploma of computer Systems Engineering • certificate IV in Electronics and Communications • diploma of Information Technology (Software development) • certificate IV in Information Technology (Multimedia) • diploma of Information Technology (database design and development). You can take a vocational course to begin your career, upgrade your skills or as a pathway to university. Many courses have links with universities so if you successfully complete your vocational qualification, you can move into a bachelor degree with advanced standing in certain subjects. university QuAliFicAtions University-level courses include a bachelor degree, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, masters and doctorate. At the postgraduate level, you may choose between a research or coursework program. The industry body, Engineers Australia, is responsible for the accreditation of undergraduate engineering programs. All professional engineering programs accredited by Engineers Australia are of four years’ duration or longer. on successful completion, graduates are professional engineers who can receive membership of Engineers Australia, with their qualifications recognised through the Washington Accord by such countries as the USA, United Kingdom, Hong Kong (SAr), New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, canada and South Africa. You can specialise in a broad field or niche subject area to match your goals. Areas of engineering study include: • civil • mechanical and automotive • electrical and electronic • chemical • aviation technology and aerospace • software and digital systems • ocean, marine and naval • architectural • environmental • geoinformation systems • computational • mechatronic • pharmaceutical • biomedical • mining and energy • petroleum • renewable energies • photovoltaics and solar energy • research and development • innovation and entrepreneurship. In the field of information technology, degrees are in: • computer science • software engineering • information technology • telecommunications • artificial intelligence • business information systems • internet computing and e-commerce • multimedia and interactive entertainment. Australian universities offer double (combined) degrees at the bachelor level. This means you can undertake two degrees to tailor your engineering or IT qualification for a particular discipline or industry. The two degrees are completed jointly in substantially less time than would be needed to complete them separately. So you can combine an engineering or IT degree with a bachelor degree in another discipline, such as science, mathematics, arts, law, economics or finance. Australian universities have research strengths in different areas, depending on their courses and areas of interest, links to business and industry, and research facilities. The universities are involved in collaborative research programs with government and industry. • populArcourses
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