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’.

In order to ensure you finish your degree work ready, we make it a compulsory part of the degree to complete at least 60 days of approved industrial training, usually during summer recesses at the end of their second and third years. Students can do this in Australia or overseas, and many students are offered jobs as a result of their experience.

Your BE (Hons) degree is recognised globally, is accredited with Engineers Australia, and is also acknowledged by the Washington Accord.

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.