Industrial Training Rules

The best time to undertake your Industrial Training is during your second or third year for undergraduates that you're enrolled in your Engineering program. For masters students, please discuss with you school industrial training coordinator. 

Fast Facts
  • Minimum 60 days in total
  • Maximum 3 placements will count towards your industrial training requirement 
  • One placement must be traditional and at least 30 days
  • Minimum duration for traditional and unpaid placement is 10 days
  • Minimum duration for non-traditional placement is 5 days
  • Maximum number of non-traditional placements in 2 
  • Students can undertake part-time or casual employment over a continuous extended period
  • Students need to complete placements which fulfill at least 5 of the 16 elements of competency from the Engineers Australia stage 1 competency standard for professional engineer with at least one element for each competency (please see the format guide for writing your final IT report).
  • The company you are undertaking industrial training with should provide you with workers compensation, public liability and general personal accident insurances as a minimum. 
  • For those who have completed industrial training at a previous institution or worked in industry prior to enrolling at UNSW, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Prior learning must have been:
    1. Completed within the last 2 years
    2. Relevant to your program of study and stream
    3. Supervised by a qualified engineer

Examples of number of days, minimum of 5 days for non-traditional and 10 days for traditional and unpaid traditional. 

What is Suitable Industrial Training (IT)?

You will need to apply for pre-approval before you go out on any placement. It is intended that you are employed at a rate comparable to your qualifications and experience. Estimate your rate via Fair Work Ombudsman Pay Calculator.

Your experience will expose you to a range of engineering activities including design, analysis, experimental and on-site activities. 

There are 3 industrial training classifications including traditional, unpaid traditional, and non-traditional. 


Work experience in a conventional professional engineering workplace where significant technical engineering tasks related to the Engineers Australia (EA) Stage 1 Competencies are undertaken. You are supervised by a qualified engineer and paid for your time. It can be in the form of technical engineering tasks, engineering-related tasks or engineering consulting. Refer to Further Information for details.

Unpaid Traditional

The work must involve a learning experience related to the EA Stage 1 Competencies. You must demonstrate that the role allows you to achieve the learning objectives of Industrial Training through engagement with new learning, and NOT completing work that simply assists with the ordinary operation of the business or organisation. You will need to apply for pre-approval via the Faculty IT Moodle. Additional requirements for Pre-approval process can be found in Placement Types and Required Supporting Documentation.


If your placement is a project in a university setting, organised through the university or is a program (i.e. mentorship, project based program, immersion experience, etc), and you are gaining exposure to engineering related tasks and technical skills, the placement may be classed as Non-Traditional. As with traditional placements, you must be supervised by a qualified engineer (or in exceptional circumstances, a discipline professional).

If your placement is not on the Faculty’s list of preauthorised non-traditional placements, you will need to apply to the Industrial Training office via for the placement to be assessed and authorised.

You can only count a maximum of 30 days of non-traditional placement towards your Industrial Training requirement. (unless otherwise stated).

A list of approved Non-Traditional placements and additional requirements for pre-approval process can be found in Moodle in the “Career & Employment Resources” section.