Tips and opportunities
Finding Industrial Training
It is your responsibility to find appropriate IT. The reasoning behind this is that the process of finding IT is nearly identical to that of finding a job as a graduate, and the experience is good preparation. However, your School may have additional resources and often will advertise companies that it knows are seeking IT.
IT is intended to be discharged by paid work in industry. As such, you should be paid for your IT at a rate comparable to your qualification and experience.
It is not always possible, but ideally your experience will expose you to a range of engineering activities including:
- Experimental, and
- On-site activities
You should also make the most of your IT by asking your employer for a position description and varied and challenging projects. It is your training, so make the most of it. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of your IT, see your Industrial Training Co-ordinator.
You can work for more than one company; however, try to complete your IT requirement at just one or two companies to improve the depth of experience. The following resources will be useful for finding IT:
You might want to choose Introduction to the Workplace (DIPP1112) as a General Education course before commencing your IT to assist you in preparing to enter the workforce with a deeper understanding of workplace contexts, cultures, the recruitment practices and expectations of professionals.
How to maximise your choice for Industrial Training
- Watch the School employment notice boards. Announcements may be made at the start of lectures.
- Consult academic staff who frequently have suitable contacts, or may be able to advise about sources of information about companies, or who may be prepared to assist in the preparation of your application.
- Become a student member of Engineers Australia and gain access to their Vacation and Graduate Employment Handbooks (look under 'Resources' in the Young Engineers Australia section of the website).
- Be prepared: Careers and Employment provide assistance with the preparation of resumes and job interview skills. You should also show the resume to a member of staff in your School and ask for comment.
Industrial Training – Interstate and Overseas opportunities
If you wish to pursue your engineering Industrial Training interstate or overseas, we strongly encourage you to do so. We will need you 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 important to ensure that you will be adequately supported in your role.
If there is any doubt about the nature of the company offering the work, you should gain prior approval of the Industrial Training from the School Office and/or the Industrial Training Coordinator.
Off-location experience is becoming increasingly attractive to employers and should be something all students consider. In fact, overseas experience is a great thing to have on your resume when you are looking for full-time engineering employment after graduation as it shows employers how keen you are.
Industrial Training – Research & Development opportunities
Research and Development is a valid part of training for any Engineer. If you have ever wondered what research is about or think you may be interested in an engineering research career, you may wish to apply for a Taste of Research Summer Scholarship.
All projects associated with the Taste of Research Summer Scholarships, and other projects along similar lines, 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.