What is Engineering?

Every industry needs engineers and it’s an occupation with a wide reach. Engineers can work on developing wearable technologies for the healthcare industry, setting up explosions for a TV or film production set, or developing the design for the tallest building in the world.

At UNSW Engineering, we offer the widest choice of engineering programs of any university in Australia, with over 20 undergraduate specialisations. Some of our most popular include Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering and Food Science. Our bachelor degrees are designed to get you ready to work in the real world, with 60 days of approved industry training incorporated into our programs. 

Our Master of Engineering degrees are globally recognised and accredited with Engineers Australia and recognised through the Washington Accord. We offer more postgraduate specialisations than any other university, allowing our students to develop career paths in multiple industries.

Our UNSW Schools

Biomedical Engineers work across industry, hospitals, government, universities and research institutes. Through their main areas of expertise, work can involve lab research, designing and building medical equipment, testing new systems and processes or sales and marketing.  

Chemical Engineers find employment in a wide variety of areas. These include specialisations in Chemical Product Engineering and Food Science. Upon graduation, you could be hired by pharmaceutical companies, the fertiliser industry, project developers and government departments, or focus on research.

Civil Engineers can work in a range of fields, including Structural Engineering, Water Resource Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Transport and Construction Management. As a graduate, you could be employed by design firms, engineering contractors and specialist consultants, project developers, mining companies, and government departments and agencies.

Computer Science and Engineering has expanded rapidly, introducing technological change as well as new ways of interaction and the diffusion of information. There are few other careers where the product you’re working on is routinely used by millions of people around the world every day, and you can design and build that product from scratch.

The origin of most high technology we use today, Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications offers employment opportunities in diverse fields such as Energy Systems, Nuclear Engineering and Quantum Computing. Whether you work with communications, space systems or more earthbound electrical systems, there are plenty of roles within industry and government.

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineers research, design, build, test, maintain and improve all manner of things to meet technological demand. These include power plants, renewable energy systems and electrical generators, robots, computer systems and aircraft engines and cars.  

There are many career paths available for graduates of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, whether you follow the path of Mining or Petroleum Engineering. With a focus on safety, sustainability and efficiency, this discipline offers key roles in government, industry, research and consulting.

Make the solar panels of the future, develop wind turbines or specialise in another element of the dynamic energy sector. There are endless future-focused career paths for graduates of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. These roles span research, industry, government departments and academia, offering real-world applications for your work.