How to commence Industrial training and FAQs

The process to commence Industrial Training

Step 1. Complete all e-learning pre-requisite modules on Moodle

  • Resume writing
  • Interview skills
  • Career development and Networking
  • Workplace behaviour and Health &Safety

Step 2. Apply for industrial training pre-approval via Moodle

Step 3. Ensure you receive approval from your academic IT coordinator prior to commencement

Next Steps

If your application is approved you will commence Industrial Training.

If more information is required, an Academic Coordinator or School Administration will contact applicant.

If the application is rejected, applicants may re-apply for pre-approval for a different placement.

 

Tips – How to find IT

  • Consult the list of companies offering engineering graduate programs
  • Become a member of Engineers Australia and gain access to their Vacation and Graduate Employment Handbook
  • Watch your school's Employment Notice boards
  • Visit Careers and Employment to improve your resume and interview skills
  • Read the Introduction to the Workplace (DIPP112) - a general education course which prepares you for future employment
  • Consult academic staff who frequently have industry contacts

Other useful sources

 

Facts and Questions

What are benefits of IT?

The main reason engineering students need to do Industrial Training (IT) is so they are well prepared for a graduate job in their chosen field. It provides the opportunity to put what you have learned at university to work in real-life situations.

  • First-hand experience working as an engineering professional
  • Apply your technical knowledge and engineering methods to real-life situations
  • Work with other engineering professionals
  • Experience what it’s like to work in a professional organisation. Witness the functioning and organisation of business and companies
  • Increase your technical, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Observe interactions of engineers with other professional groups
  • Gain contacts for future networking opportunities. While the employers use IT to assess their potential future employees, you will also have the opportunity to determine if this is where you want your future career to be.

What does it mean that I have to comply with the EA Stage 1 competency and reflect it in my report?

You must illustrate how you demonstrated the EA Stage 1 competencies during your work experience in your report.

For example, you secure a placement at a car company. If your work is related to sales and customer service, it’s most likely not acceptable. If your work is involved with sustainable, engineering car design, it’s most likely satisfying specific conditions in the EA Stage 1 Competencies.

Can I combine multiple placements to accumulate 60 days?

Yes, please see table. Note that only 3 placements in total can count towards your IT requirement.

Can I undertake interstate and overseas opportunities?

We encourage you to do so. You will need to provide adequate information about the proposed nature of the work so we can make sure it is suitable.

For overseas opportunities, please be aware that workplace employment laws and safety standards differ from country to country. It is crucial that you have adequate insurance to cover your Industrial Training placement.

If you have secured approval for an international placement, it is recommended that you complete the Pre-departure requirements.

What are some common types of IT?

Any of these types of placements will have to demonstrate how they reflect the Stage 1 Competencies, as you will be required to write on these in your report.

  • Technical Engineering (Both office and field) – involve working in an office or hands-on field activities to solve engineering problems.
  • Engineering Consulting – professional engineering service firms who provide independent services, expertise and technical advice to companies who require specialised engineering tools and support to solve problems.
  • Research & Development – all projects associated with the Taste of Research Summer Scholarships, and other non-traditional placements, must be submitted to the Industrial Training Coordinator in your School who will consult with the Faculty Unit to approve the project for Industrial Training.
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