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Characterising the Australian engineering workforce and engineering graduate occupational outcomes using national census data

Palmer, Stuart and Campbell, Malcolm 2016, Characterising the Australian engineering workforce and engineering graduate occupational outcomes using national census data, in PAEE/ALE 2016 : Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education and 14th Active Learning in Engineering Education Combined Conference and Workshop, Project Approaches in Engineering Education Association, Guimarães, Portugal, pp. 69-76.

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Title Characterising the Australian engineering workforce and engineering graduate occupational outcomes using national census data
Author(s) Palmer, StuartORCID iD for Palmer, Stuart orcid.org/0000-0002-2517-0597
Campbell, MalcolmORCID iD for Campbell, Malcolm orcid.org/0000-0001-5865-2966
Conference name Project Approaches in Engineering Education and Active Learning in Engineering Education. Combined Conference and Workshop (2016 : Guimarães, Portugal)
Conference location Guimarães, Portugal
Conference dates 6-8 Jul. 2016
Title of proceedings PAEE/ALE 2016 : Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education and 14th Active Learning in Engineering Education Combined Conference and Workshop
Editor(s) Lima, Rui M.
de Graaff, Erik
Alves, Anabela
Menezes, Andromeda
Mesquita, Diana
Dinis-Carvalho, José
Bettaieb, Lamjed
van Hattum-Janssen, Natascha
Costa, Nelson
Sousa, Rui M.
Fernandes, Sandra
Villas-Boas, Valquíria
Publication date 2016
Start page 69
End page 76
Total pages 8
Publisher Project Approaches in Engineering Education Association
Place of publication Guimarães, Portugal
Keyword(s) curriculum design
engineering education qualifications
occupational outcomes
Summary The purpose of undergraduate engineering education is to develop graduates who are capable of commencing professional engineering practice. Professional education should equip graduates with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required for their initial professional practice. It should also enable the capacity to continue the professional development required to refresh knowledge and skills as the graduates mature and the nature of professional engineering work develops. However, it is true that many graduates from professional engineering programs, either immediately or at some later time, pursue a career outside of professional engineering. The reasons for this are widely speculated upon, and are no doubt complex. In this regard, the professional engineering workforce, the undergraduate engineering education system, the links between them, and the occupational outcomes for engineering graduates in Australia are similar to many other developed nations. Using the latest Australian national census data we present a detailed analysis of the makeup of the professional engineering workforce and the occupational outcomes for graduates of undergraduate engineering programs in Australia. The data show that the Australian professional engineering workforce is comprised of people with a wide range of educational qualifications, and, even immediately post-graduation, many Australian engineering graduates pursue non-engineering occupations. This analysis presents important findings for those designing undergraduate engineering curricula that seek to equip students for the best employment outcomes, given the nature of the professional engineering work environment, and the short- and long-term occupations that engineering graduates actually pursue in Australia.
ISBN 9789892068299
ISSN 2183-1378
Language eng
Field of Research 091503 Engineering Practice
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084975

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