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Faculty of Engineering

What is Engineering?

Take a second to look around you, right now.

Engineering is behind everything you see. From the mobile phone in your hand, to the cars outside at
some point all of these required the knowledge and skills of an engineer.

It is through their technical skills and creativity that we have many of the things we take for granted.

As well as developing products and technologies that
improve our everyday lives, engineers work to solve
the wider challenges we face as a society: harnessing new sources of energy, supporting more sustainable development, supporting the ageing population, for example.

There are many branches of engineering you might want to explore: chemical, civil, electronic and electrical, mechanical, and computer science. Whichever area you choose, as an engineer you will be a problem solver. You will gather information, find solutions, then test and analyse them before you adopt the best answers.

As well as giving you all the theory and technical know-how, a degree in engineering develops your transferable skills – skills which keep engineering graduates in high demand. Numeracy and analysis, team working, communication, resource management, creativity and logical thinking will make you attractive to just about any employer.

Students in lab

Did you know?

  • Chemical engineer Victor Mills invented the world's first disposable nappy in the 1950s.
  • Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, studied aeronautical engineering.
  • Margaret Engels was the first woman to receive a master's degree in mechanical engineering.
  • John Bradfield, a civil engineer, designed one of Australia's most famous landmarks, - the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg both studied Computer Science.
  • Edith Clarke, an electrical engineer, helped design dams and was at the forefront in bringing sophisticated electrical engineering concepts to dam building.
  • Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) studied Electrical Engineering.