Industrial Training

Industrial Training

What is Industrial Training?

All students doing a Bachelor of Engineering or a Master of Engineering by coursework are required to complete Industrial Training (IT) as part of their degrees. This requirement comes from the Engineers Australia criteria for accrediting professional engineering education programs which “strongly advocates that all engineering schools include a minimum of 60 days of” “first-hand experience in an engineering-practice environment, outside the educational institution.”  

Industrial Training is essential for students to develop the practical skills that they will need to be effective professional engineers. This is an opportunity to enhance your technical learning with experience outside the class room environment.

Industrial Training is also a great way for civil engineering, environmental engineering, surveying and geospatial engineering companies to assess your enthusiasm and ‘fit’ for future employment at their workplace.

All UNSW Engineering students must undertake 60 days of Industrial Training working in an engineering company, usually during summer recesses at the end of their second and third years. It is allowed to add shorter periods of training with the same or different employers to reach the required number of days.

The Faculty of Engineering provides an overview of IT and important rules, while this page provides information that is specific to IT done for programs run by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Procedure for Industrial Training

The steps for completing IT are described in detail below:

Note that you can complete IT at various places, but each time you have finished at one place of employment, you must follow these steps:

  1. Log into Moodle via: http://moodle.telt.unsw.edu.au/login/index.php
  2. Click on site home and search ITCVEN
  3. Please then self-enrol as a student:

          The student Self_enrolment key is:

          CVENITSX201XStudent!        ( Include the  ! )

          The ‘X’ refers to the semester and year that you enrol in.

  1. You will need to watch the Safety video and read the step by step guide first before you can lodge any requests for IT
  2. Once complete, click on Information where you will find the approval form for IT that needs to be complete and lodged in the ‘assessment section’
  3. Once your place of employment has been approved you will be able to lodge days of your Industrial Training
  4. To lodge days, please do so in the assessment section
  5. Employer will receive this report in an automated email and will confirm your days - Please ensure your employer does this or your days will not be confirmed
  6. Repeat steps 5-7 until you have been approved for 60 days of IT - Please note that you can only be approved for a maximum of 3 work placements. 
  7. Once you have completed a minimum of 40 days, you will also be able to submit your report online via the assessment section. Information on how to write your report can be found in Moodle.

If you are unsure if the IT you are completing is appropriate, please contact the IT coordinator. The Moodle page will provide important details of the report requirements.

Guideline for unpaid Industrial Training

 Once you are set up on Moodle by following the above steps, please note that if you plan on completing any industrial training that is unpaid, you must follow additional steps. Please see the faculty webpage for more information:

https://www.engineering.unsw.edu.au/study-with-us/industrial-training/guideline-for-unpaid-industrial-training

Coordinator of Industrial Training

We think Industrial Training is so important, we have assigned an academic Coordinator of Industrial Training and other administrative staff to assist students who have any doubts or questions about a proposed employment.

To contact the Coordinator of Industrial Training, Johnson Shen, please email Industrial Training: cven.industrial@unsw.edu.au. Alternatively, you can contact the School office at cven.enquiries@unsw.edu.au or via phone on 9385 5033.

We also encourage students to consult their lecturers and tutors on the availability of Industrial Training, as well as checking the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering employment notice boards. At the request of prospective employers, relevant announcements may be placed on our website or emailed to students.

Why do you need to do Industrial Training?

Industrial Training is essential for students to develop the practical skills that they will need to be effective professional engineers. This is an opportunity to enhance your technical learning with experience outside the class room environment.

Industrial Training is also a great way for civil engineering, environmental engineering, surveying and geospatial engineering companies to assess your enthusiasm and ‘fit’ for future employment at their workplace.

All UNSW Engineering students must undertake 60 days of Industrial Training working in an engineering company, usually during summer recesses at the end of their second and third years. It is allowed to add shorter periods of training with the same or different employers to reach the required number of days.

Making the most of your Industrial Training

The UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering encourages our students to be active in seeking the most relevant and effective type of Industrial Training to suit their future professional objectives.

It is important that you make the most of your Industrial Training period by asking your employer for varied and challenging projects where possible.

Learning broad range of workplace and interpersonal skills are also important objectives of the Industrial Training experience.

Flexible choice of employers

Industrial Training can be taken anywhere within Australia or overseas.

Students can gain experience in a range of activities including design office, laboratory, and on-site situations. The training host could be a government or private organisation, large or small.