Industrial training

Valuable workplace opportunities and experience

At UNSW Australia School of Chemical Engineering we make sure we send you out into the world with the ability to tackle real-life problems confidently and professionally. One of the best ways to do that is to give you a taste of what it’s like out there in ‘Engineer land’.

All Bachelor of Engineering students must complete some industrial training as part of their graduating requirements. For students in the School of Chemical Engineering, this includes a minimum of 60 days working in a company, usually during summer recesses at the end of their second and third years. The purpose is to prepare them for employment, giving them the opportunity to gain direct workplace experience and to apply the theory they learn in class. Industrial training is also a requirement of membership to Engineers Australia.

During your industrial training you will put the theory you have learned in class into practice in a real life situation. It’s a great way to prove to yourself and to others that you will make a great engineer when you graduate. There are no promises, but some students have even gone on to secure a graduate position from their time in industrial training.

Finding industrial training placements

Finding an industrial training placement can be quite hard. So expect to apply for several before you are successful. We have a range of industry links which can provide an excellent starting point when you are seeking to find a position for your industrial training.

Of course, it’s always great to show your own initiative, so we encourage you to apply for positions in companies of your own choice, and you can even look for opportunities overseas if you like (you need to get approval from the School for any industrial training you are proposing).

It’s a great opportunity to put yourself out there, get out of your comfort zone, and really go for the positions you would covet after graduation. Take the application process seriously, and treat it like you were applying for a job – it’s good practice.

Find out more about industrial training.

Food Science and Technology field trip

All food science students undertake a 10-day field trip as part of their program. This trip is an enriching experience that gives students a rare opportunity to see how the food industry really works.  During this trip you will visit many of the major players in the Australian food industry and experience how the theory you learn in class is applied in the real world.