CQU taps demand for engineers

Posted March 27, 2015


CQ University engineering students Angus Hughes and Mattison Rose.

Prospects for engineers are still positive despite an industry downturn.

That’s according to CQ University vice-chancellor Professor Scott Bowman.

Figures released by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) show that 90 per cent of civil, 81.8 per cent of electrical, and 60 per cent of mechanical engineering students from CQ University go on to full time employment within four months of degree completion.

These statistics are indicative of an ongoing demand for skilled engineers from the region, said Professor Bowman.

“The mining industry is still taking a lot of engineers,’ he said “There’s a lot of talk about a downturn in mining but if you look at the production it’s still way up.

“That industry needs a supply of skilled engineers and if new mines start up, that’s a call for engineers too.”

The university is currently undertaking a statewide expansion of engineering facilities and courses.

The expansion will see close to $20m in spending this year alone and up to $30m over the next two years.

“In Mackay we’re starting an engineering program that specialises in mechatronics and robotics,” Professor Bowman said.

“This is in response to a demand for specialised engineers for industry. “In Cairns we’re offering four-year engineering degrees from 2016.

“There’s a lot of new industry in Cairns with civil and some aspects of manufacturing. It’s an engineering region and there continues to be a demand for engineer graduates.”

The State Government has committed $1m towards engineering laboratories and equipment for CQ University’s upcoming Cairns campus which will open its doors later this year.

The campus plans on offering electrical, mechanical and civil engineering degrees.

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