Q. What are benefits of Industrial Training?
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 also 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
Many employers also use Industrial Training 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.
Q. Can I combine multiple placements to accumulate 60 days?
Yes, please see table. Note that only 3 placements in total can count towards your Industrial Training requirement.
Q. What does it mean that I have to comply with the EA Stage 1 competency and reflect it in my Final IT Report?
You must illustrate how you demonstrated the EA Stage 1 competencies during your work experience in your report.
Your placement should expose you to engineering tasks, skills and activities that demonstrate the EA Stage 1 compentencies. 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.
Q. Can I take a term off coursework to complete an IT placement? (ENGG4998)
Yes you can. You can enrol for one term only and you need to complete your 60 days and Final IT report in that term. You can enrol in ENGG4998 using this form by week 10 to the previous term before your placement and submit with your pre-approval web application form.
Enrolling into ENGG4998 means that you can keep your full time student load.
When you have completed all IT requirements, ENGG4998 will be added to your Academic Transcript.
Q. 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 Global departure requirements student.unsw.edu.au/ global-departure
And check with UNSW insurance to enquire whether you have appropriate coverage at your place of employment.
Q. What if my placement is part-time hours?
If your placement is part-time hours or casual basis, you will need too find out from your employer what constitutes as a standard working day for that company.
For example, a company may have a 8 hour working day. If you work for five hours, you will have to work three more hours to complete one working day towards your 60 days Industrial Training requirement.
Q. What are some common types of Industrial Training?
Any of these types of placements will have to demonstrate how they reflect the EA Stage 1 Competencies, as you will be required to write on these in your report.
Company R&D – involves Research and Development departments of companies.
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 Project based non-traditional work - 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.
Student-led Projects (SLP) – some SLP’s have been approved by Faculty to count for up to 30 days of Industrial Training. Refer to Moodle for the approved list of Non-Traditional placements.
International Immersion Programs – volunteer your time and make an immediate impact in communities that need it most. See here for a list of approved immersion programs.