Why study engineering?

Engineers balance creative design, analysis and applied science. They cross disciplines, and borders, to design, build and manage structures, machines, manufacturing processes and infrastructure.

We offer you inter-disciplinary project experience, industry connections, a commitment to a breadth of knowledge, and significant hands-on learning. Our research strengths include optimisation of alternative energy systems, such as hydro and wind-power systems, high-speed catamarans, and biomedical implants. We also have strong industry partnerships and comparatively small class sizes that deliver you unparalleled access to lecturers and career prospects through plentiful networking opportunities.

At school, Lily was good at maths and science, but she didn't know what to do with her skills. She chose engineering at UTAS because she didn’t have to choose a specialisation right away. She went on to focus on civil engineering, completing an Honours year and now a PhD.

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Careers in engineering

Engineers are involved in key decisions of almost every industry, including the construction of buildings, roads and major infrastructure projects, product development, electronics and transport. They adopt current thinking, science and technology to solve problems in almost every facet of our lives.

Graduates qualify for technical positions, and then often move into management roles within companies, organisations or consultancies across many industries due to their analytical, problem solving skills and knowledge. Many engineering firms approach the University of Tasmania directly, looking to hire from the final year student pool directly after graduation. Combined with the industry networking events and researchers connections, as the University is the largest engineering research organisation in the state, this presents opportunities across the whole spectrum of engineering careers for you to step straight out of University into a well-paid position.

Our graduates have also found varied and interesting work around the world, as engineering is a universal language. You could be designing and building the renewable energy infrastructure of the future, designing the next generation of biomedical implants, or helping developing communities mitigate against the impacts of climate change. Whatever your passion, with engineering you truly can shape the world.

Career options

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Building and construction
  • Civil and environmental engineering
  • Computer systems
  • Government agencies
  • Health industry
  • Industrial electronics
  • International development
  • Manufacturing
  • Maritime
  • Mining and exploration
  • Petrochemical
  • Power generation and transmission
  • Property development
  • Robotics and automation
  • Software engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport

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