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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

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Explore Engineering

Explore Engineering

Engineering is a diverse field with many distinct disciplines. The four most prominent are Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical & Electronic and Civil, follow the links to learn more about each of these disciplines. While engineers may start their career focusing on one specific field many will become multi-disciplinary as their career progresses, gaining experience and education in a broader range of engineering fields.

This section will provide a brief guide to a selection of the engineering fields you can work in, providing you with a sense of how your career will offer opportunities to specialise in an area of particular interest to you.

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering: Employed in the designing, testing and making of aircraft engines and other such aeronautical productions.

Agricultural Engineering: Focused on improving farm productivity through the development and maintenance of farm machinery and the design of agricultural systems and infrastructure.

Building Engineer: Building engineers are concerned with the planning, design, construction, operation, renovation, and maintenance of buildings, as well as with their impacts on the surrounding environment

Energy Engineer: Works on ways of producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources such as wind power, solar power or biofuels, or on more traditional sources such as oil and gas.

Marine Engineer: Works on the design, development, production, maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment used at sea and on board sea vessels such as ships.

Mechatronics Engineer: Researches, designs, develops, or tests various automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems controls.

Nuclear Engineer: Works on problems related to nuclear energy production and nuclear waste disposal.

Structural Engineer: Designs and supervises the safe construction of structures like bridges, stadiums and large buildings.

Career Paths

With over 400 engineering courses offered across undergraduate and postgraduate level, there are no shortage of entry routes to a career in engineering. Most of these courses focus on a specific field of engineering and at postgraduate level the degree of specialisation becomes greater. If you’re set on a field there is likely to be a course that will allow you to study it from the outset, but many undergraduate engineering programs offer a general entry option, allowing students to study a range of topics and make a decision on their area of focus later, with the benefit of direct experience.

While engineers may start their career focusing on one specific field many will become multi-disciplinary as their career progresses, gaining experience and education in a broader range of engineering fields.

Occupations in Explore Engineering
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Electronic Equipment Assembler

Equipment Assemblers work on a production line in a factory putting together electronic equipment by hand.

Electronic Service Engineer

Television service engineers repair television, radio, video and hi-fi equipment.

Engineering Technician - Electronics

Electronics engineering technicians support engineers in the research, design, development and maintenance of a range of electronic products.

Engineering Technician - Electrical

Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers and field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts.

Computer Assembly Technician

Computer assembly technicians build computers from parts, such as circuit boards, disk drives, modems, cables and switches.

Electrical Power Plant Operator

Safely and efficiently operates the equipment and machinery in a power plant.

Engineer

Engineers design, develop, improve and maintain a vast range of the technology that surrounds us, from sports trainers to roads, tunnels and bridges, and from light bulbs to space satellites.

Electrical Engineer

Works in industrial, commercial and domestic environments designing, installing and testing electrical hardware.

Electronic Engineer

Researches, designs, develops, and tests electronic components and systems for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.