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Welcome to the latest instalment in our Be Ambitious series.
Today we look at the practical and varied world of engineering.
'Engineering' is a generic term that actually covers a very broad
range of businesses and industry areas, not just the more well-known
ones like construction and electrical. Think mechanical engineering,
civil engineering, chemical engineering, just to name a few.
Engineering work can take place in all kinds of environments,
including offices, laboratories, studios, outdoors or underground.
Wherever there's some kind of technology that needs to work, an
engineer isn't too far away.
In short, engineering is basically about building or creating things,
sometimes direct from the design concept, so that they work properly.
You could say an engineer is someone who applies science to reality.
Firstly, there are a couple of check boxes you'll probably need to
tick from the outset. Most importantly you'll need to be reasonably
good at maths and science, as your work will require a lot of calculus
and understanding of scientific principles. It'll also be helpful if
you enjoy problem-solving, designing things and have an analytical mind.
To become an engineer you'll also need some kind of formal
qualification. TAFE NSW offers over 300
engineer-related courses, so whichever course you enrol in
depends on exactly what industry area you've got your eye on. If
you're not sure which field you'd like to work in, a good starting
point might be Certificate
I in Engineering, which will give you the basic competencies
required to work as an operator in a range of areas. If you have a
better idea of what kind of engineer you'd like to be, there's a range
of courses available at all levels including Certificate I, II, III,
IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma.
Did you know you can begin your TAFE studies while you're still at
school? This is through the TVET program.
TVET stands for "TAFE-delivered vocational education and
training" and covers many industry areas relevant to engineering
such as Metal and Engineering, Electrotechnology, Automotive,
Construction and Information and Digital Technology. It means you can
learn valuable workplace skills and gain hands-on experience while
you're still at school.
The TVET program has been developed by the Board of Studies and can
count towards your HSC. Upon completion of your TVET course you'll be
awarded a Certificate qualification or statement of attainment, which
is nationally accredited and recognised. If you're interested in
starting your training while still at school, speak to a career
advisor either at your school or your nearest TAFE NSW college.
No matter what industry area you gravitate to, the work of an
engineer is often varied, interesting, challenging, and extremely
rewarding, as you get to use both your brain and your hands. It's also
a vocation that's usually very well paid.
So what are you waiting for? Download our free course guide here.