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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
38 >AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 COURSES AND DISCIPLINES >ENGINEERING AND IT Above & left: Engineers are involved in the research, design, production, operation and maintenance of many things that we take for granted in our everyday lives. The passport to a successful engineering or IT career You can specialise in a broad field or niche subject area of engineering or information technology to match your goals. Australia is renowned for its engineering and information technology (IT) education. In fact, this is one of the most popular fields of study for international students coming to the country. Australia is a unique business environment – a large island distanced physically from the rest of the world, with challenges from its natural surroundings and climate. This has led to an innovative, dynamic approach that encourages creativity and ideas to solve challenges. When you study in this environment, you will not only gain world-class qualifications but also an innovative outlook to advance you in your engineering or IT career. FROM COMPUTER PROGRAMS TO AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS One of the great attractions of engineering 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. Engineers are involved in the research, design, production, operation and maintenance of many things that we take for granted in our everyday lives. 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. Engineering tasks such as design, testing, controlling systems, direction of equipment and analysing the properties of materials all involve the use of computers, so engineers need to have a wide and varied set of skills. Australian universities and vocational institutions offer courses across a broad range of traditional and emerging disciplines. 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. Vocational teachers bring industry experience to their role, so you benefit from their backgrounds and technical knowledge. 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; and Associate Degree in Engineering Technology.
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