Discover more about the benefits of undertaking industrial training at UNSW Engineering. Get tips on how to find a suitable placement and questions regarding key contacts, eligibility, assessment and grading.
Industrial training must happen during enrolment in your program of study. Ideally this should start at the end of year 2 of full-time study for Undergraduates and from term 3 in year 1 for Postgraduates. Industrial training does not all have to happen in one stretch and can be completed full time, part-time or casual.
If you do not meet your industrial training requirements, you’ll not be able to complete your program of study. However, you’re able to apply for a Late completion of industrial training and may have a maximum of 2 years from your last term of coursework.
If undertaking an unpaid placement, you may be required to take out additional insurance due to being no longer enrolled in a program of study. It is recommended to check with UNSW Insurance.
The Employer Evaluation form must be completed for every placement.
- At the start of the placement, the supervisor and student create up to 3 goals to be achieved.
- Arrange a date to meet at the end of the placement.
- You and your supervisor review the 3 goals that were created – both providing comments
- Supervisor rates your professional attributes using Engineer’s Australia Table 3 Professional and Personal Attributes: Elements and Indicators.
- Supervisor to complete the total days worked and provide proof via company email or company letter to you, the student.
- Complete the student reflection section.
- Upload your form as well as proof of total days worked (from company email or company Letter) to Moodle.
Once 60 days have been completed and logged into Moodle, you’re required to produce one report covering all their approved industrial training placements. You’ll be enrolled into ENGG4999 to submit your Final written report.
- The report should be between 2000 and 3000 words.
- Follow the guide on how to format the Final written report.
- Submission will open week 1 every term.
- Submission will close week 8 every term.
- You’ll be informed by an email notification that your Final Written Report is satisfactory/unsatisfactory including feedback.
For the industrial training requirement to be satisfied, the following requirements must be met:
- Undertaken approved industrial training placement/s
- Completed an Employer Evaluation form (EEF) for each placement.
- Gained confirmation of days worked for each placement, submitted with your EEF.
- Have a total of 60 days logged in Moodle.
- Gained a Satisfactory mark for the Final Written Report.
- SY (Satisfactory) – Completed all requirements
- PE (Professional Experience) – Result Pending
- RD (Result Deferred) – You’re unable to complete a course in the current term. You’ll be re-enrolled into the following term.
You may wish to complete your 60 days of industrial training in one full academic term and maintain full-time study load can apply for ENGG4998. This course is only available if you wish to undertake Industrial Training during your program of study. It is NOT available if you’ve already completed your other program requirements.
Enrolling into ENGG4998 may impact your ability to complete your Engineering program within the duration specified in the UNSW Handbook. You’re recommended to request a progression check from The Nucleus before considering applying to enrol into ENGG4998.
If you’re an International Student visa holder, you must complete your program within the duration specified in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). For further information about this, refer to the National Code Part D: ESOS standard 9. You must also be able to demonstrate, if asked, that you can complete your program within the duration specified in their CoE. ENGG4998 cannot be used as grounds to extend a program of study beyond a CoE end-date.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to apply to enrol into ENGG4998.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for ENGG4998:
- You’ve NOT completed all coursework requirements for your program of study
- You've secured an approved placement (or in exceptional circumstances, can provide evidence that they can secure a relevant placement prior to the enrolment deadline).
- Working full-time at the approved industrial training placement.
- No prior industrial training has been completed.
- Completed all pre-requisite modules on the Industrial Training Moodle site.
- You’re able to complete your 60-day industrial training requirements and submit your final industrial training report during the term enrolled into ENGG4998.
Many employers use industry work experience as a pre-requisite for new graduates. Employers also use this period as a chance to assess new employees for future employment. If you can demonstrate the ability to take responsibility, make sound decisions and apply technical skills, you’ll stand out as someone that might be great for their organisation. Benefits include:
- First-hand experience working as an engineering professional
- Apply your technical knowledge and engineering methods to real-life situations
- Work with other engineering professionals
- Experience what it’s like to work in a professional organisation. Witness the functioning and organisation of business and companies
- Increase your technical, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
- Observe interactions of engineers with other professional groups
- Gain contacts for future networking opportunities
You’ll have the opportunity to evaluate the company for yourself to see if it’s somewhere you might wish to work. At the very least, you can make better decisions about whether you’ll enjoy that field of Engineering.
- View this list of companies offering Engineering Graduate Programs
- Attend industrial training workshops.
- Schedule a consultation for Career Advice.
- Visit the jobs boards and opportunities located in the Faculty of Engineering Industrial Training Moodle page.
- Attend UNSW Careers Expos.
- Attend Industry engagement events run by UNSW Student Societies
Yes, up to 3 placements can count towards your industrial training requirement with a minimum on 1 traditional placement of 30 days.
You must illustrate how you demonstrated the EA Stage 1 competencies during your work experience in your Final written report.
Your placement should expose you to engineering tasks, skills and activities that demonstrate the EA Stage 1 competencies. For example, you secure a placement at a car company. If your work is related to sales and customer service, it’s most likely not acceptable. If your work is involved with sustainable, engineering car design, it’s most likely satisfying specific conditions in the EA Stage 1 Competencies.
Yes, you can apply to enrol into industrial training for one full term if you wish to maintain 12 Units of Credit and can complete the 60 days within this one term. This is beneficial if you who wish to maintain a full-time student load when undertaking Industrial Training. Enrolment into the course is School consent only and students must apply to the Industrial Training Office to be enrolled.
We encourage you to do so. You’ll need to provide adequate information about the proposed nature of the work so we can make sure it is suitable.
For overseas opportunities, please be aware that workplace employment laws and safety standards differ from country to country. It’s crucial that you have adequate insurance to cover your Industrial Training placement.
If you’ve secured approval for an international placement, it’s recommended that you complete the Global departure requirements. You should also check with UNSW insurance to enquire whether you’ve appropriate coverage at your place of employment.
If your placement is part-time hours or casual basis, you’ll need to find out from your employer what constitutes as a standard working day for that company.
For example, a company may have an 8-hour working day. If you work for five hours, you’ll have to work three more hours to complete one working day towards your 60 days Industrial Training requirement.
All Industrial Training must be supervised by a qualified engineer and be relevant to your program of study. Examples include:
- Working in an office or hands on field work type activities with tasks that are engineering-related.
- Consulting in engineering: providing independent services, expertise and technical advice for specialised Engineering requirements.
- The ChallENG Program: Student Projects - get involved in projects from health to transport, to robotics and flight by joining a Student Project.
- The ChallENG Program: Social Impact - help solve a ChallENG for a community in need by joining a Social Impact project.
- Projects: with an employer or within a university setting, the opportunity must be industry focused.
- Humanitarian engineering projects - with a host organisation or part of a university project.
Can I count an employment situation where I am acting as a contractor with my own Australian Business Number (ABN) towards my Industrial Training requirements?
A: No, because that arrangement creates a situation where you are very likely to miss out on the full set of experiences and guidance that Industrial Training is intended to give you.
Your Industrial Training approval requires a signed UNSW WIL Agreement with your employer. The role of a contractor contradicts the requirements and relationship outlined in the WIL Agreement and the description of the role of the contractor in the Fair Work Act. A contractor provides a specific service to the employer, rather than being an employee. You are required to be supervised whilst undertaking work integrated learning so that you are given direction and support, and need to have the opportunity to integrate your learning into an Engineering workplace. If you are acting as a service provider then this prevents you from doing that. The only exception is if you are undertaking a course or program at UNSW (that is adequately supervised and you are mentored) where you are encouraged to work as an independent contractor (such as a start-up business) when the course convenor has sought approval for it to count towards your Industrial Training requirements.
You must apply for approval before you commence. If you've not done this, then you must apply as soon as possible so that your future working days can count towards your industrial Training. If your placement is approved the days will be counted from the date you receive approval. UNSW Engineering Industrial Training office must ensure:
- Your placement is relevant to your program of study
- Complies with the Fair Work Act and other laws
- You're being supervised by a qualified Engineering
- The Host organisation provides you with an orientation and induction
- Intellectual Property rights are understood by all parties
- A UNSW Work Integrated Learning Agreement is entered into before commencement.