Engineering Icons

Iconic projects never just happen overnight. It is not just the complexity of the engineering itself – the social environment, including personalities, politics, money, history and management can all be crucial. Many engineers would say that the detailed engineering alone, as challenging as it may be, is the most straightforward part…

Understanding the wider social context is vital… and that's just another set of challenges that engineers work through to make things happen in the real world.

You're invited to get a taste of the great and diverse adventure that is creative engineering.

Explore the very human stories of the men and women and projects at the forefront of that never ending adventure…

Australian Icons

Australia has a proud engineering heritage.

Our iconic engineering projects can be an inspiration to us all — here are just some of them.

Australia is a big, challenging environment with a small population — yet most of us enjoy a high standard of living… you can at least partly blame engineers for much of that...

World Icons

Most wonders of the world depend on wonderful engineering.

Some are monumental, some invisible (telecommunications, radar, sonar, nano-engineering), Too often taken for granted, few people understand just how amazing they are.

Clever Engineering

So much clever engineering is invisible to many people – they just enjoy the benefits, unaware of the engineering behind what “just happens.” Here are just a few examples - there are many, many more.


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