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6 Six reasons why engin eering is the best degree you can ch oose New tech transforming careers

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12 Identical twins Adam and John Taranto reveal how an engineering degree led them to car eers at CBA 7 amazing careers in engineering

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A background in engin eering can take you to all corners of the world

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Save the planet

Work on the world’s most pressing problems Environmental engineers are coming up with solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing humans. Like Joel Stewart, whose work takes him from Sydney’s Northern Beaches to the Indus River in Pakistan. “The problems I’m trying to solve are large-scale water resources issues – the question of how much water and when – and the quality of that water,” Joel says. Environmental engineering is about more than just the environment: it’s also about society and communities as well as people and politics. Touch base with the Sustainable Engineering Society: bit.ly/Eng_planet

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There are at least 14 different types of engineers Engineering careers come in all shapes and sizes. There is hardly a single aspect of our lives that hasn’t been improved by the expertise of those in this field. Maybe you see yourself writing killer code as a software engineer or helping to design skyscrapers and build bridges as a structural engineer. You could help the sick and injured as a biomedical engineer, reduce the problem of pollution as an environmental engineer or develop a new, superlight but strong compound as a materials engineer. More career inspo: bit.ly/Eng_choice

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#2 Sizzling salaries

Engineering graduates have some of the highest gradua te salaries Engineering is not only a dream job, it can als o deliver a sweet salary . Electrical engineers earn an average of about $160 ,000 per year in Austr alia, while engineers in the mining industry can ma ke around $147,000. Even the lowest average engineering salary – in construction – is still about $100,000. Starting sal aries for engineers are around $60,000; the fift h-highest in STEM. Show me the money! bit.ly/Eng_money


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Get the #4 job faster Each year, there are more than 18,000 engineering jobs needing to be filled in Australia alone Of all the fields in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – engineering graduates have the best chance of finding a job as soon as they graduate: three in four engineering students get a job straight out of university. Where can I find work? bit.ly/Eng_work

#6 See the world

Your degree can take you anywhere in the world Engineering skills transcend boundaries of geography and language. Once you’re an engineer, you can work anywhere in the world: take your software skills to Silicon Valley, your electronic skills to Tokyo, your mechanical skills to Germany, your construction skills to Dubai, your biomedical skills to Melbourne or your environmental skills to Oslo. – Bianca Nogrady Connect with engineers around the world: bit.ly/Eng_travel

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engineers is While about one in 10 of female a woman, the number g steadily engineers is increasin great things in Women are achieving Professor Veena engineering. UNSW’s to turn old mobile Sahajwalla is working s into a treasure phones and computer ials. “It’s trove of valuable mater ,” Veena says. "if you reimagining the future ve the licence to do want to do that, you ha n may see this as it as an engineer. Wome life, because you an exciting approach to g the future.” can play a role in shapin paid to study: Calling all girls! Get bit.ly/Eng_women

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New tech transforming careers Hard labour and monotonous tasks are soon likely to be a thing of the past

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hether it’s dropping off packages from Amazon or creating awesome aerial shots, drones are making waves as tools for recreation, photography, survey and delivery. People are finding new ways to use the technology and engineers are at the forefront of the revolution. Monique Quirk (inset) uses the remotecontrol flying machines to monitor the integrity of bridges. As a Bachelor of Civil Engineering student at Griffith University, Monique did a placement with GHD, a global engineering, architecture and construction company. “I did structural inspections, capturing data with laser scanners, and created 3D models to assess the condition of the structure.” Monique is now a graduate tunnel engineer with GHD, working on coal mines, dams, weirs and tunnels. “What I love most is the variety of work,” she says. As well as design, you can be involved in business development, market leadership and project management – the opportunities are limitless. Drones aren’t the only tech to benefit engineers. The race to develop driverless cars is creating many jobs as companies such as GM, Ford and Uber invest millions in the industry. “It’s a great time for anyone who’s focused on engineering, especially for those involved in innovative projects, such as automated driving,” says Zane Humphrey, a project manager at Bosch, which worked on Australia’s first self-driving car in 2016. The prototype has radar sensors, GPS and a stereo video camera that allow it to safely drive itself without input from a driver. While the project involved mechanical and electrical engineers, most of the work was in software engineering. As machines become increasingly automated, the need for people who can adapt these systems will grow, bringing to life a technology we can only imagine today. – Cherese Sonkkila

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hen you’re doing a maths problem one small data point error can screw up your whole solution. So what if someone was opening your workbook at random, and changing the numbers – without you knowing a thing about it? This creeping attack style is just one of the ways in which cyber criminals are hacking systems. And if these data points relate to someone’s health records, or a country’s defence system, then you get an idea of how devastating cyber attacks can be. Earlier this year, a massive global heist attacked 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries. Drives were encrypted and made inaccessible, leaving people with a ransom note. The heist, caused by the ransomware called WannaCry, left victims unable to access their own data without a decryption key. The criminals behind the program then demanded people pay a ransom in the crypto-currency Bitcoin before they could get access to the code that would unlock their data. Attempts to hack companies in Australia have risen from 23.7% to 60% from 2015 to 2016, according to annual surveys by communications company Telstra. Scientia Professor of the computer science and engineering school at UNSW Sydney, Gernot Heiser, told the ABC recently that his cybersecurity graduates were in high demand from tech companies such as Google. Mark Staples heads CSIRO’s Data61 software systems teams in Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart, and says they often recruit software engineering graduates accredited with Engineers Australia. He adds that graduates at Data61 also get plenty of experience on team-based projects. “Communication skills and team skills are really important: you must be able to work with other people,” he says.

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Globally, careers in cybersecurity are in huge demand and entry-level security analysts can expect to earn around $75,000. Engineering studies at university are a key pathway into this in-demand area and other careers that combine engineering with tech skills. With the Australian government noting in its National Innovation and Science Agenda that one in four IT graduates and fewer than one in 10 engineering graduates are women, there’s a strong demand for female candidates. Aadeeba Mou taught herself coding and took part in the federal government’s Cybersecurity Challenge Australia, a hackathon to develop cybersecurity skills. She now works as a cybersecurity consultant at PwC. “It’s great for people who are really passionate about cybersecurity or looking to learn more about it. I had fantastic fun with my team and it opened a lot of doors for me. I would highly recommend taking part. “If anyone out there wants to learn about cybersecurity, tech or computer science, I’d recommend starting as early as you can. There are heaps of helpful resources, websites and competitions out there, so never be afraid to ask for help.” – Heather Catchpole

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Twin paths Identical twins and engineering grads Adam and John Taranto work in tech support and direct-to-market sections of the Commonwealth Bank as part of the bank’s graduate program

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#1 Stay grounded GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERS Median salary: $77,209 Earthquake-proof buildings and safe roads require geotechnical engineers to study soil types and rock structures to design the best solution. They can be found building wharves on coastlines or urban high-rises. “I have never had any two projects that are the same,” says David Lacey (pictured left), senior geotechnical engineer at Foundation Specialists Group.

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Median salar y: $72,0 97 Civil engineers collab orate with a range of people to plan and bu ild the world we live in. “I work with clients fro m the Dubbo Regional Council to California’s High-Speed Rail Authority,” says Jillian Kilby of JL Kilby Engineering and Mana gement. “A grounding in civil engineering can be combined with severa l other areas, including being a business owne r.”

#3 Dig deep PETROLEUM ENGINEERS Median salary: $87,840 The world’s energy needs still rely heavily on extracting fossil fuels from deep within the Earth. Petroleum engineers work closely with geologists to find oil and gas and design machinery to extract and process them. “The best part of being an engineer is playing the problem-solving game,” says Bich Thuy Ngo-Hoang, an engineer at Santos.

#4 Fly high

AEROSPACE ENGINEERS Median salary: $74,842 These engineers (see p26) make flying possible by designing and building everything from helicopters to spacecraft. Philip Brown (pictured right) turned a passion for flying into an in aviation career at Padstow TAFE and is now a field service technician at Bankstown Airport, Sydney.

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#5 Get techie COMPUTER SYSTEMS ENGINEERS Median salary: $67,759 They don’t just design and build laptops and desktops. These engineers can also be found developing the latest supercomputers, navigation devices for cars, and gaming systems. Elena Wei Shao works at Nvidia in Silicon Valley. “We make graphics chips for PC gaming and high-performance computing,” she says. “Every day, I look forward to solving challenging problems.”

Dylan Sanusi-Goh didn’t let the fact he was still in high school stop him from building his very own working drone

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n a world where unmanned aerial vehicles may soon come to a front door near you, I decided to build my own. My drone, ThermaQuad, is a remote-control quadcopter that carries thermal imaging equipment. It costs a fraction of the price of store-bought ones, can fly for longer, and is made from lighter and stronger materials. At first, I thought engineering was only for trained professionals. It seemed daunting and difficult, but there are endless possibilities for you to create and assemble your own engineering projects to tackle all sorts of big problems! Everyone’s engineering journey has its successes and failures. I’ve broken things, connected things the wrong way, but remember to try, and then try again. Come back, approach the problem from a different perspective and you will probably surprise yourself with a creative solution. I definitely encourage anyone interested in learning more about computer science, tech or engineering. They are really important to jobs of the future, jobs that might not even exist yet! You can use these skills to tackle the greatest problems the world faces.

#6 Clean it up ENVIRONMENTAL EN GINEERS Median salar y: $70,3 84 When it comes to a cle aner world, these engineers make it happ en by focusing on the impact engineering act ivities have on the natur al world. Kathy Thomas, Civil Project Engineer at UGL, has a passion for sustainable wastewater treatment. “I’ve had the chance to be involved in the construction of wa stewater treatment pla nts , dams, fish ladders and ventilation shafts.”

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Build healthy lives BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERS Median salary: $62,335 Whether it’s designing wheelchairs or artificial hearts, biomedical engineers combine medicine with engineering to help people lead healthier lives. “The spinal cord stimulator I’m working on is probably my most satisfying project,” says Matt Williams, research engineer at Saluda Medical. “Just seeing how much the technology has helped patients is really heartening.”

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Taj Pabari’s engineering a new educational tablet and passing on his entrepreneurship skills to his fellow students

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lthough I’m still in high school I have a huge interest in the world of business, which has led to my engineering and technological endeavours. I also love creating and challenging things. If there’s a problem, I enjoy finding creative and new ways of solving it. STEAM [STEM including Arts] skills are the future, and the future of opportunities in engineering is endless. My Fiftysix Creations is a build-it-yourself tablet and creativity kit for kids. It’s as easy as a puzzle, as fun as a computer game. I also run computer science, creativity and entrepreneurship workshops and my goal is to educate a million students by 2020. After all, the biggest risk in life is not taking one. Have a go, make mistakes and take the risk! Sometimes you have to follow your passions and let them take you wherever they lead.

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areer opportunities in the aerospace and defence industry can reach right into space. In December, Australia’s first satellite safely delivered science experiments to the International Space Station. Solange Cunin (pictured left in the orange dress) started her company Cuberider, a kind of ride-sharing service for satellites, before she had graduated from university. The satellites carry science experiments that have been designed by high school students across Australia. “Working on Australia’s first space mission was so exciting!” she says. “It’s like being an explorer. The industry is fast-paced and evolving. You get to write part of Australia’s history and have fun while doing it.” – Anna Koefer

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aniel Moon looks at the clock on the wall of the operating theatre. His patient, a young girl named Anna, has a kidney tumour that needs to be removed. Unless he performs the surgery quickly, Anna’s kidney will lose blood flow for too long. He’s under pressure and needs to move fast. Ten years ago it would have been just Daniel and his instruments, racing the clock. Today, he has the upper hand: instead of making all the incisions himself, Daniel controls a newly engineered robotic arm that can cut, sew and repair tissue with incredible precision. Using a 3D display, Daniel has Anna sewn up and back to her parents in record time. It’s a medical miracle – just one of many happening globally, thanks to outstanding engineers. Daniel is a surgeon at Melbourne’s Epworth Hospital, one of the first in Australia to introduce a robotics program in surgery. It’s having a great impact on training, as surgeons and trainees can practise surgery using the robotic arms and 3D-printed body parts. While they can’t feel the tissue they’re working on, Daniel says a 3D visual is all they need. “I could swear I can feel it. That’s the power of 3D.” It’s one thing to engineer surgical tools, but another to engineer the body. We’ve already 3D-printed cells, blood vessels, bladders and bone. We can spray on skin, edit genes, filter blood and hear with bionic ears. Engineers are working on developing artificial hearts and kidneys, mind-controlled robotic limbs and eyes for the blind. Zara Barger is a second-year biomedical engineering student at the University of Technology Sydney. She’s been fascinated by the creation of body parts ever since she did her Year 6 project on Dr Victor Chang, who saved countless lives with his artificial heart valve. “That got me interested in medical machines and prosthetics,” Zara says. She wants to follow in Dr Chang’s footsteps, but her challenge is to figure out which areas to pursue. “If I want to create prosthetics, I’ll move into mechanical and electrical engineering. If I work on artificial organs, that might involve more chemical and materials engineering.” – Elise Roberts

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ear People with hearing impairment can hear with the help of a cochlear implant. A microphone under the skin is wired to the cochlea in the inner ear. It converts sound into nerve impulses that are sent to the auditory nerve.

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eye Retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration are some of the leading causes of blindness. Vision in sufferers is restored by a chip placed at the back of the eye using a camera mounted on a pair of glasses. Its image is turned into electrical signals that are sent to the brain.

arm Amputees can slip on a robotic limb and use their remaining muscles to bend it. It works with electrodes that sit against the skin and pick up movement. Sensors transmit the signals to a computer that instructs the arm to move.

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Hip As we get older our hip joints can wear out, causing pain and making it hard to walk or move. Prosthetic hip joints made from plastic and metal can replace the damaged joint, enabling people to walk, swim or play tennis pain-free. Hip joints can last for up to 20 years. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gemma Conroy

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t school, Anastasia wanted to become a vet, but her Year 12 work experience changed her mind. She found working on a farm physically demanding and a career as a vet didn’t really appeal to her. So at the last minute she opted to do the Bachelors of Science/Laws at The University of Queensland. In her first year she did physics, which meant she hung out with first-year engineers. They inspired her to switch to a Bachelor of Engineering. Anastasia realised she wasn’t on the right path in mechanical engineering, then discovered biomedical engineering. She also discovered Cochlear, maker of the famous hearing implant. In the second-last year of her course, Anastasia won a summer internship at Cochlear, which was her ticket to a coveted graduate placement at the end of her course. A year later, Anastasia is thrilled to be collaborating on real-world problems for the company. “I'm always working on something different,” she enthuses. – Rebecca Blackburn

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he pilot glances over her shoulder just in time to see the ground vanish rapidly beneath her. She’s strapped into the cockpit of an F-35 plane, but while wearing the jet’s integrated helmet that’s easy to forget. Looking ahead, vast blue skies open up in front of her. Just as everything from toasters to TVs are becoming ‘smart’, so too are ships, planes and their various parts. The F-35 fighter helmet uses cameras and laser-mapping to project a full 360-degree view of the outside world into the visor of the helmet. Flicking a switch, the pilot can see display panels that change as she moves her eyes. The world’s first 3D-printed jet engine was developed by researchers at Monash University and the CSIRO in 2015. Key parts of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner are being made in Australia – yet the aerospace and defence industry is about so much more than simply maintenance and manufacturing. With more tech comes more exciting career opportunities. We are no longer talking about singular machines, but incredibly complex systems. “The F-35 is one of the most complex systems on the planet,” says RAAF Squadron Leader Nathan Draper (pictured below, second from right), who recently returned from managing Australia’s first two F-35s at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona in the US. These smart systems in aerospace and defence create exciting opportunities for engineers in data analytics, robotics, virtual reality and nanotech! And just as the areas of innovation are diverse, so are the pathways. Nathan joined the RAAF as an aircraft technician before studying aeronautical and systems engineering, but you can also join the defence force after finishing your studies – or take your pick from one of the many other possible employers in Australia. – Anna Koefer

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lthough only in its second year, the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Engineering program has already been hailed as one of the most exciting developments in engineering education in Australia. Foundation Professor of Engineering Euan Lindsay (pictured right) says the innovative program is partly a product of being in the business faculty – which meant the importance of creating a unique offering was well understood. And with four engineering education PhD academics on staff, it is also a result of coming up with the best way to teach students practical skills. The CSU program offers a Masters qualification after five and a half years. An initial 18 months of study at the CSU’s state-of-the-art facility in Bathurst, NSW, is followed by four year-long paid placements as cadet engineers. During their placements, students compile and present portfolios of the work they have done and the real-world engineering problems they have solved. The program, which focuses on producing engineers as entrepreneurs and ‘change agents’, was one of four in the world chosen by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a benchmarking study as it revises its engineering offerings. “If you want to be the kind of engineer who defines society’s problems and contributes to society, then this degree is for you,” Euan says. – Penny Pryor

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hink you have to be an experienced engineer in the US to work with NASA? Think again. A group of University of Adelaide engineering students built a CubeSat – a miniaturised satellite, also known as a nanosatellite. Launched by NASA, the CubeSat will explore the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere. “Our student projects look at the design, build and launch of CubeSats,” says Professor Anthony Zander, Head of School, Mechanical Engineering. With a long tradition of inspiring alumni, the University of Adelaide made its mark in space with Australian-born astronaut Andy Thomas, who completed undergraduate and PhD studies in engineering at the university; and more recently with International Space Station Flight Operations Engineer Andrea Boyd, who works in Cologne, Germany. Andrea says, “Working in mission control with all the international partners – the space sector is above politics and borders – we all speak the same engineering language.” The University of Adelaide’s expertise in aerospace and related disciplines means there is strong demand for graduates. But if aerospace isn’t your thing, the university offers over 60 engineering, computer and mathematical sciences courses with topics including biomedical, environmental, sustainable energy, sports, computer systems and much more. – Penny Pryor

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In 2017, we dive into the most exciting jobs where engineering is bringing the future closer than ever. Explore engineering + sports, techno...