What you can do with an engineering degree

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Thinking of studying a degree in engineering but unsure where it might take you?

Some students worry career paths from an engineering degree are too specific, but this certainly isn’t the case. Here are some of the ways graduates can use an engineering degree in the workforce:

Become an engineer

Okay, so this one may seem obvious, but there are many of different ‘types’ of engineers they don’t necessarily teach you about in school.

Electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, civil engineer, chemical engineer, process engineer, aerospace engineer, petroleum engineer, biomedical engineer, environmental engineer, industrial engineer, software engineer… the list goes on! Careers options in engineering are anything but narrow, and are applicable all around the world.

When you first start an engineering degree, you’ll get a little taste for everything. It won’t be later in your degree until you’re able to choose majors, and for some specialisations you’ll need to do postgraduate studies in order to qualify. While it’s hard to predict if you’ll do a postgraduate degree before you’ve even started an undergraduate degree, it’s worth looking into what postgraduate degrees in engineering are like, so you can keep the option in mind.

Take your skills elsewhere

If you’re not sure you want to become an engineer, you may still want to consider an engineering degree. Many engineering graduates take the skills they have learned in their degree, and use them in other related industries.

Problem solving, numeracy, analysis and technical skills are all desirable strengths for a variety of industries, and they’re all skills that are strengthened and learned in an engineering course.

Engineering graduates have been known to take roles in industries like management consulting, banking and finance, data science technology sales, renewable energy and more. In the workplace of the future, technical competency and an analytical mind will be crucial for success, so who knows what doors an engineering degree could open in the future!

Ready to take the plunge?

If you think you might be interested in studying an engineering degree, it’s recommended you complete WACE Chemistry 3A/3B, Physics 3A/3B and Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D in year 12. If you haven’t completed these units or similar, there is the opportunity to take make-up units in your first year.

If you think you’d be more interested in something like engineering technology, you won’t need to take chemistry, but you’ll still need to have taken advanced physics and mathematics subjects in school.

Of particular interest to students looking at engineering, science or technology degrees is the Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship offered at Murdoch. The scholarship is open to students who are younger than 26 years old, who have a passion for technology and innovation. Recipients will receive $5000 for every year of study.

Murdoch’s commitment to providing an excellent learning experience was recently recognised in the Good Universities Guide 2019. We ranked first in the nation for the ‘overall quality of educational experience’ of our Engineering courses by a significant margin of 7.2 per cent, scoring five out of five stars.

From the satisfaction of our students to our world-class facilities (including our Bayer Pilot Plant, which is the only one of its kind in WA), we pride ourselves on providing a learning environment that encourages new ways of thinking so you graduate job-ready.   

Ready to get started? Join us at our Engineering Open Night on 5 June to hear more about our courses and what it's like to study at Murdoch. 

Posted on:

24 Nov 2018



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