Engineering Job Market
“The domestic supply of new engineering graduates has not been able to keep pace with increases in the demand for engineers for many years… All indicators show that the engineering sector will continue to experience growth…”
Acting Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, Rupert Grayston, 2011
Melbourne School of Engineering graduates are renowned for their technical excellence, cross-disciplinary breadth, communication and leadership skills. Our engineering graduates work around the world, building successful careers in engineering, business and other fields. The Professional Master of Engineering offers students a dual-accreditation, unique in Australia, through EUR-ACE® and Engineers Australia, giving graduates the opportunity to practice as professional engineers throughout Europe and in any country signatory to the Washington Accord, including the US, UK, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and more.
Our students and graduates have access to a variety of graduate positions, paid internships, vacation work and voluntary positions, which are advertised by employers through the University of Melbourne’s Careers Online portal.
Over 1,626 organisations have listed engineering employment opportunities through Careers Online, with more than 7,000 jobs listed for engineering students. Of these, around 3,500 have been graduate positions and approximately 900 have been vacation roles and internships.
What is the current median starting salary for an engineering graduate?
The median salary for new engineering and IT graduates is between $60,000 – $80,000 and varies according to sector and discipline as well as degree type. This is reflected in Graduate Careers Australia’s (GCA) annual Australian Graduate Survey (AGS) data and Engineers Australia Salary and Benefits Survey 2011 which accounts for over 1500 respondents. (Respondents from the AGS data were new graduates from Australian Universities, while the 429 respondents from the Engineers Australia Salary and Benefits Survey 2011 were employers from engineering firms who had a thorough knowledge of the salary structure within their organisation and represented more than 91,000 engineers.)
For more information on your individual discipline you can visit the Graduate Careers Australia website.
Is there a demand for engineers in the workforce?
Yes! According to Engineers Australia’s new report: The Engineering Profession — A statistical overview 2011, there is evidence of an underlying shortage of engineers in Australia. Commenting on this report, Acting Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, Rupert Grayston, stated that the “domestic supply of new engineering graduates has not been able to keep pace with increases in the demand for engineers for many years… All indicators show that the engineering sector will continue to experience growth.”
What job seeking resources are available to University of Melbourne students?
Melbourne School of Engineering students and alumni have exclusive access to an online jobs portal, Careers Online, with a specific interface called Engineering & IT Careers Online containing targeted resources. Approximately 1900 organisations have listed jobs for engineers through Careers Online.
Our students and graduates also have access to a Careers & Jobs Library Guide that provides access to resources and databases including listings of sectors and employers.
There is a Careers Corner located in the Engineering Student Lounge containing information and resources for students to take and Career Pathway Brochures are also available for each discipline.
Melbourne School of Engineering offers student access to personalised career consultations with a dedicated Careers Consultant. Students receive valuable career advice on:
- job seeking techniques
- tips on crafting an effective CV and cover letter
- interview preparation
- networking strategies
- career decision making and planning
- obtaining work experience/internships/vacation work.
How do University of Melbourne students access industry?
The University of Melbourne offers current students access to prospective employers through events and careers fairs.
To see a listing of the participating companies in 2012, please visit the University’s Careers & Employment website.
How do I find out more about what different types of engineers do?
Engineering fields are diverse, and when considering a career, it is important to do as much research as possible.
Some helpful resources include:
Engineering Your Career
Developed by Engineers Australia, this website offers a listing of different engineering careers and their associated duties, work environments and indicative salaries.
Australia’s national career information website, myfuture provides a comprehensive overview of engineering occupations and their associated duties, work conditions, personal competencies and indicative salaries. Some career examples include:
Meet our graduates
Product Manager, freelancer.com
Telstra Graduate Program