Bachelor of Engineering Technology
Inverell Shire Council are committed to sustaining and expanding the professional knowledge base in regional and rural communities. Council has recognised that UNE provides a unique opportunity to provide education to professional level for both young and mature students wishing to stay in the rural areas. Council recognises UNE as a regional university that has educated numerous existing staff to degree level and beyond in several disciplines that has prepared them very well for the work environment they face and Council anticipate the BEngTech course will deliver similar outcomes. The BEngTech course will greatly assist Council with the development of existing and future engineers and therefore sustain the high level of service that the community has come to expect from the engineering professionals within the organisation.
This page provides information about the three-year para-professional Bachelor of Engineering Technology at UNE. The degree is offered with majors in Civil or Environmental Engineering. Students can undertake the course on a full-time on-campus basis, in a part-time off-campus basis, or a mixture of either mode.
Traineeships are offered by some employers in regional areas and links are provided below. Traineeships may vary between employers so potential students are encouraged to see what employers have to offer and to select to apply for the most appropriate one for their needs.
Why Study the Bachelor of Engineering Technology at UNE?
This is a completely new and different degree course that UNE is offering. It is relatively unique in that it has been developed with specific industry input to address the national skills shortage of engineering graduates in two major areas of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Industry also provides traineeships, cadetships and scholarships as well as the opportunity for on-the-job training. This can be achieved through the flexible modes of delivery that UNE offers. The course has also been structured to provide for later articulation to a four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and/or further post-graduate study.
The course will produce graduates who have a sound understanding of the environment, impacts of development and engineering projects:
- Graduates will understand the principles of sustainable development and have the necessary knowledge and skills to implement such principles.
- Graduates will have the necessary skills to embrace a holistic analysis of design, where environmental factors are considered as an integral part of the design process, together with technical factors.
- Graduates will have a combination of skills relevant to civil and environmental engineering and the development and management of natural resources in regional Australia and, where appropriate, overseas.
What does UNE have to offer?
- ideally located in Armidale on the Northern Tablelands of NSW - with distinct seasons and close to pristine coastline, world heritage national parks and wilderness areas,
- excellent transport connections,
- flexible delivery modes,
- low student/staff ratios which provide a more personal experience,
- higher rank for student satisfaction,
- relaxed and friendly environment in a rural setting,
- our staff are highly qualified and respected, a number remain active practitioners in their specialisation,
- well located for practical/fieldwork and excursions,
- smooth articulation to more advanced studies,
- graduate career prospects are great.
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A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Rule Undergraduate Policy).
Assumed knowledge is Mathematics and a science subject.
For students without the recommended background knowledge, the Faculty offers Foundation units in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. It is strongly recommended that these units be completed in preparation for university study in mathematics, chemistry and physics, if these units have not been studied at the appropriate HSC level.
Full details on this course can be found in the Course and Unit Catalogue.
UNE and an industry advisory panel undertook a survey of regional employers in 2006-07 and found that most regional employers were understaffed with engineering graduates by at least 20%. Some local government authorities in south-east Queensland have anecdotally reported much higher vacancy rates. It is expected that this number will grow significantly with major infrastructure projects and the mining boom competing for a scarce pool of engineering graduates.
The skills shortage of professional engineers across rural and regional areas is clear and evident. Industry and local communities are endeavouring to do what they can to address it. Some communities are encouraging young people to study and return and work in their own area.
The following organisations have generously offered to provide traineeships for students or students are working in these organisations:
- Armidale Dumaresq Council, NSW
- Bathurst Regional Council, NSW
- Bega Valley Shire Council, NSW
- Clarence Valley Council, NSW
- Eurobodalla Shire Council, NSW
- Gwydir Shire Council, Warialda, NSW
- Inverell Shire Council, Inverell, NSW
- Lismore City Council, Lismore, NSW
- Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Quirindi, NSW
- Mitchel Hanlon Consulting, Tamworth, NSW
- Moree Plains Shire Council, Moree, NSW
- Nambucca Shire Council, Nambucca Heads, NSW
- Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC), Port Macquarie, NSW
- Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), NSW
- Tamworth Regional Council, Tamworth, NSW
These organisations can be contacted via the web links. Some of these organisations are providing more than one traineeship, so check to see individual details on what is being offered.
The following organisations have been very supportive of the course and are potential employers of graduates:
- EnviroAg Australia, Armidale
- Local Government Engineering Services (LEGS), Inverell and Port Macquarie
- Constructive Solutions, Tamworth
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