Engineering Technologists analyse and modify new and existing engineering technologies and apply them in the testing and implementation of engineering projects.

Specialisations: Aeronautical Engineering Technologist, Agricultural Engineering Technologist, Biomedical Engineering Technologist, Chemical Engineering Technologist, Industrial Engineering Technologist, Mining Engineering Technologist.

You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant engineering discipline to work as an Engineering Technologist. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Analyses existing technology.
  • Makes recommendations on how to improve existing technologies.
  • Runs technology through testing procedures and notes findings.
  • Prepares drawings of new technologies.

All Other Engineering Professionals

  • $2,155 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Engineering Technologists

  • 150 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 7% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Engineering Technologists (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 190 in 2011 to 150 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Engineering Technologists work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 7% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety30.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services18.4
Manufacturing16.3
Mining8.2
Other Industries26.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateEngineering TechnologistsAll Jobs Average
NSW22.031.6
VIC19.325.6
QLD33.320.0
SA8.07.0
WA11.310.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.01.0
ACT4.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketEngineering TechnologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-242.6-9.39.3
25-3430.8-22.922.9
35-4425.6-22.022.0
45-5417.9-21.621.6
55-5916.0-9.09.0
60-643.2-6.06.0
65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationEngineering TechnologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate20.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree43.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma27.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.8-21.121.1
Year 120.0-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant engineering discipline to work as an Engineering Technologist. In some states, training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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Employers look for Other Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    71% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Engineering and Technology

    69% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  3. Mathematics

    69% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Design

    64% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    61% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3029.05 - Industrial Engineering Technologists.

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    99% Important

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  2. Electronic Mail

    97% Important

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  3. Telephone

    95% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    93% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    90% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-3029.05 - Industrial Engineering Technologists.

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