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Engineering careers are all about hands-on science in everyday life. Create your own career pathway from the basics to advanced trade courses in quality procedures systems and planning, engineering measurement, computations and computer technology.

Create your welding career and fabrication future and explore structural steel, sheet metal, welding wire, flux and fastening. This manufacturing area embraces the history of hands-on human skills like blacksmithing, and combines it with technology and automation.

Mechanical trade careers include fitting and turning and are underpinned by apprenticeship courses. Build a career on maths and problem-solving skills.

Develop a career investigating, maintaining and designing the hydraulics and pneumatics power circuits that channel mechanical energy.

Interest is high in high-tech machining as a career, which can take you from textiles to medical devices and every setting in between. Build a pathway with TAFE NSW courses and support services, from introductory courses towards degree-level study with TAFE NSW.

Manufacturing engineering and related careers are about working with science to create, maintain and improve. Build skills and confidence with a certificate I or II or enrol directly into a certificate III course. From sawdoctoring to power equipment to manufacturing production, be yourself and choose a course that suits your interests.

Work with and manipulate polymers to create materials that have amazing properties, and embrace sustainable technologies for tomorrow.

Build future-proof security, investigations and locksmithing careers with TAFE NSW. Facilities and teachers are linked to employer and industry needs, and the latest regulations and techniques.

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Matt, Plant Mechanic apprentice

A marvel in engineering

"I was encouraged to follow this pathway by the people I was working with at the time who were statutory engineers. I could have gone to uni, but at this stage of my life, with work and family commitments, TAFE NSW was a better and more suitable option."

Matt, Plant Mechanic apprentice

Matt’s career started with TAFE NSW when he began his Plant Mechanic Apprenticeship at TAFE NSW. Twenty years later he turned to TAFE NSW again, this time for an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering.

It was a challenge for Matt but he said that the late nights and early mornings have meant that he can now complete the Mechanical Engineering Certificate of Competence with the NSW Resource Regulator.

"I know where I want to go and where my interests and talents lie, it’s just a matter of being committed and focused," he says.

"A Statutory Mechanical Engineer is an important role within the mine management structure, and would give me the opportunity to be able to contribute and influence the safe operation of the mine".


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If you love science, maths, problem solving, thinking critically and creatively, a career in engineering could be for you.

Engineering is about creating solutions to the problems we face. Good engineering improves the world, it helps make life easier and safer, and increases our capacity to achieve great things.

When you study an engineering course, you can pursue a career in:

  • Agriculture, coastal and ocean
  • Aviation and aerospace
  • Biomedical and pharmaceuticals
  • Mechanics, mechatronics/ Automation, robotics
  • Production and fabrication
  • Chemical engineering
  • Mining
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Civil, building and structural services

TAFE NSW has a range of engineering qualifications to help you enter this diverse and specialised industry. Learn the basics with a Certificate I or a Certificate II engineering course, find your area of interest and turn your passion into a career with a Certificate III trade qualification in:

  • Fabrication
  • Mechanical
  • Fixed and mobile plant
  • Tool making
  • Electrotechnology
  • Plastics and rubber manufacturing
  • Locksmithing
  • Marine craft construction
  • Jewellery manufacture
  • Watch and clock service and repair

There are a number of engineering courses available at TAFE NSW and what you learn depends on the engineering qualification and stream you choose.

No matter which engineering course you decide on, you will develop core industry skills like creativity and analytical thinking, problem solving, a solid understanding of maths and scientific principles, materials science and testing methods, quality control and assurance monitoring.

There are many different types of engineering jobs out there. Engineers can be builders, designers, scientists and inventors. When you complete an engineering course with TAFE NSW you could go onto roles such as:

  • Electrical Tradesperson
  • Mechanical tradesperson
  • CNC Machinist
  • Fitter and Machinist
  • Toolmaker
  • Boilermaker/Fabricator
  • Sheetmetal worker
  • Welder
  • Blacksmith
  • Engineering draftsman
  • Mechanical technician
  • Production Technician
  • Plastics or polymer technician
  • Aircraft maintenance technician
  • Shipwright / boat builder

Most engineering careers require a qualification, but this doesn’t mean you need to go to university to get one. A vocational course at TAFE NSW can help you find the type of engineering that interests you, and develop the practical skills you need for employment.

Start your study with a Certificate I, II or III, then refine your specialisation and build your expertise with Certificate IV and Diploma engineering qualifications.

From there you can progress to a degree level qualification, you may even be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning – shortening your study time (and course fees).

Some TAFE NSW engineering courses have traineeship and apprenticeship study options so you can learn and earn at the same time. Get started in your engineering career today!

According to research, the global engineering services market is expected to grow to over $21 billion at an annual growth rate of 10.3% through to 2022.

Electrical engineering jobs have increased steadily in Australia since 2015. Many of these jobs are in the manufacturing and technology sectors as Australian industry moves toward the production of specialist and innovative goods like drones, robotics and medical technologies.

Aircraft maintenance, aerospace and aeronautical engineers are also in demand thanks to consistent growth in global passenger numbers, the increasing popularity of low-cost carriers and investment in airport infrastructure.

No matter what type of engineering you choose to pursue, you will be part of an industry with generous salaries, the latest tech and loads of potential.

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What job opportunities could an engineering course lead to?

An engineering course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from hydraulic or fabrication engineering to planning, designing and building structures we use every day as a civil engineer. Engineers are specialists, often highly paid and valued. For instance, the average weekly salary for mechanical engineers is $1,653.

Qualifications in engineering can lead to jobs like:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Marine Engineer
  • CNC Specialist
  • Fabrication Tradesperson

Whether you're just starting out in your engineering career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE courses in the area include Engineering, Engineering Drafting, Electrical Engineering, Maritime Operations, Marine Mechanical Technology and Medical Equipment Servicing & Technical Support.