Skills Required

If you find yourself asking "I wonder how that works, and I wonder if we… whether we could…" then you're starting to think like an engineer.

There is an Engineer lurking behind just about everything that we touch and use, just about everything that makes today’s world possible.

If you have a deep desire to make things happen, to design and create things then there is probably an Engineer lurking inside you!

Imagination, curiosity and creativity are fundamental engineering qualities. Making things happen in the real world needs more than just passion and creative ideas however, (although they too are pretty useful).

At the end of the day, engineers deal in facts and reality – clear logical thinking, maths and science, and some ability to plan and manage things (and people) all help.

Here is a quiz that you might find interesting…

There are many, many cases where engineers have first been tradespersons or in all sorts of diverse fields before turning to engineering.

You need to start your engineering journey when it suits YOU.

All universities that offer engineering training can help you work out what you need as a prerequisite to commence engineering study.

If you want to be an engineer the following will help:

  • Take plenty of maths and science (Universities typically require 3 unit maths and physics and/or chemistry)
  • Do well!
  • Make your extracurricular activities count
  • Select your trade, TAFE or University carefully
  • If you need referees, get the best you can
  • Visit the TAFE/University you plan to attend, talk to others who have studied there.

Prerequisite High School Subjects

Universities can be slightly different when it comes to essential or desirable subjects. Most require that you have:

  • completed your finishing senior school certificate ie HSC, VCE (entry marks vary at each university)
  • high level maths
  • physics (chemistry may be an advantage depending on the field of engineering you wish to study)
  • english (middle grade)

We advise you check out the engineering prerequisites with the university/TAFE you are most likely to study at for specific information. Some high schools offer industrial design or other engineering subjects which you may wish to take.


  • Australian Constructors Association
  • Cochlear
  • Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
  • Leighton Holdings Limited
  • Resmed
  • Thales
  • ARUP
  • KBR