Engineering and Manufacturing

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Career opportunities in Engineering and Manufacturing

Here are some career ideas for Engineering and Manufacturing:

Engineering – Casting and Moulding (Foundry)

If you’re interested in the production of metal castings, a career as a tradesperson in the casting and moulding industry could be for you. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge in workplace communication, work health and safety, quality procedures systems and planning, engineering measurement and casting and moulding. This may include setting up and operating continuous moulding machines and furnaces with ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Engineering (Mechanical)

Study one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines. You’ll develop skills in organising and analysing information, engineering mathematics, interacting with computing technology and selecting engineering materials. As a graduate engineering technician within the metals and engineering industry, you’ll be experienced in the principles of engineering, physics and materials science.

Engineering (Trade)

A trade in engineering will provide you with a broad knowledge in this field. You’ll acquire the skills needed to work in a range of light to heavy industrial applications within the engineering industry (formerly fitting and machining). A variety of courses are available including pre-apprenticeships, traditional trade apprenticeships, and post trade training and up-skilling of current qualifications in the use of CNC machining, fluid power, hydraulics, and pneumatics. If you enjoy the application of scientific, economic, social and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, research and improve structures, machines or processes, this may be your field of expertise.

Laboratory Skills

If you’re a keen scientist interested in a pathology testing environment and you’re considering a career as a laboratory assistant or laboratory attendant, then read on. With a course in this field you’ll develop the skills and knowledge associated with the operation of a laboratory and associated technical tasks such as sampling and testing. This career area may provide you with employment in the food, chemical, manufacturing, construction materials, biological/environmental or pathology industry sectors.


Pursue a career as a technical assistant in the manufacturing industry. You’ll develop scientific and technical skills used in waste management, pollution monitoring and control and other environmental applications. Areas of employment may include environmental protection agencies, public and private waste management operations, laboratories within research institutes and companies, and in Government departments and environmental monitoring services.

Metal Fabrication and Welding

If you love working with your hands, designing, building or repairing a piece of machinery, this could be the career path for you. In the metals and engineering industry, you may be involved in cutting, pressing, welding or grinding, and working with heavy machinery and computer technology. Metal Fabrication and Welding (boilermaking) courses offer the opportunity to secure a career in light or heavy fabrication. You’ll acquire skills and knowledge in workplace communication, work health and safety, quality procedures systems and planning, engineering measurement, computations and computer technology plus industry specific skills in welding and metal fabrication.


Interested in working with huge machinery? You’ll have the opportunity to gain the comprehensive skills and knowledge required for working in an underground coal mine. An interest in the extraction of metals and other resources is desirable. This career area offers employment as a mine supervisor, team leader, deputy or underground shotfirer.

How to find a course

So you’ve worked out what career areas or careers interest you and it’s time to see what courses are available?

To find courses in your area of interest, enter your keywords into the course search function on the right hand side of the page. For more detailed searches, use the ‘Advanced search option’.

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