NSW records most engineering vacancies in Australia – The Australian Financial Review

More than a quarter of all engineering jobs advertised in Australia during 2019 were recorded for NSW, while landmark projects coming online in Queensland are potential long-term prospects.
The Naval Group’s estimated $50 billion deal to build 12 Attack-class submarines for the Royal Australian Navy has proved a boon for Siobhan Giles.
The 31-year-old acoustic engineer with a double degree in engineering and science has been working first-hand on the submarine project in Cherbourg, France.
Civil engineering was the biggest area of job vacancies in the sector.  Louie Douvis
“In my role, I ensure the overall design for the Attack-class submarine meets the acoustic signature targets,” Ms Giles said. “Each element of the design must operate while emitting as little noise as possible.
"Along with the other acoustics engineers, I interface with the other engineering teams to ensure their designs meet acoustic requirements and everything interacts together, as quietly as possible.
“The future of engineering is heading towards whatever new technologies we are using and whatever new problems need solving, and for this reason it is an exciting and diverse field.”
The Engineering Australia February 2020 study, Australian Engineering Vacancies Report, revealed that NSW has consistently recorded the highest number of engineering vacancies in Australia. Just over 28 per cent of all engineering jobs advertised in Australia during 2019 were recorded for NSW.
Overall online vacancy advertisements across Australia contracted by 7.4 per cent, with engineering vacancies falling slightly more than that, declining by 9.2 per cent in 2019.
Civil engineering was the area with the most job vacancies.
The future of engineering is heading towards new technologies coming into use, says acoustic engineer Siobhan Giles. 
“Civil engineering vacancies continue to dominate the Australian engineering employment landscape, with mining, industrial, mechanical and ICT support and test engineers also in strong demand,” Engineers Australia chief executive Dr Bronwyn Evans said.
“There are other emerging fields in engineering, in biological engineering and rehabilitation engineering. We are likely to see a greater focus on multidisciplinary engineering skills in order to support complex interdependent systems as we move towards a more connected and automated future.
"For the same reasons, our system will rely on data scientists and machine-learning engineers.”
An Engineers Australia report released in June 2019, The Engineering Profession, revealed that between 2006 and 2016, the engineering labour force grew by 64.5 per cent from 200,621 to 328,957.
In 2006, there were 21,174 qualified women engineers in the engineering labour force. By 2016 this number had grown by 112.4 per cent to 44,982. However, this still only makes up 13.6 per cent of the workforce. The main driver of change was through skilled migration.
“Looking ahead for long-term prospects, you could look at the landmark projects coming online in Queensland now and into the next five to 10 years,” said Alexandra McRoy, senior associate at U&U Recruitment Partners.
“There is a huge focus on transport and rail in Queensland with projects like Cross River Rail, Inland Rail and Brisbane Metro currently in design/planning phases. Projects will eventually move through delivery and then maintenance, so there are plenty of opportunities in this sector.”
With regards to future engineering jobs, Peter Chamley, chairman of the Australasia region for Arup, believes that the evolution of cities and how people live, work and travel will see the need for an array of engineers to play a vital part.
“There is a growing demand for engineers to take a lead role in the co-ordinated development of our cities to make them great places to live, work and play,” he said.
“By combining the full range of engineering design skills, we can create city-scale developments that enhance liveability, deliver economic growth and maximise community value.
“We can help create high-rise buildings that sit over transport systems, with resilient data, energy and water systems. But we can also make them easily accessible, environmentally friendly, sociable and safe places.
“There are increasing and exceptionally varied opportunities for engineers to be influential problem-solvers.”
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