ACCORDING to peak industry body Engineers Australia, almost every good and service consumed or used in production in a modern society is due to some form of engineering.
Engineers turn ideas into realities that can have a positive effect on people’s everyday lives.
Engineering is a broad discipline that can encompass a range of specialised fields and has existed for thousands of years - think of the construction of the pyramids of Egypt, or ancient cities and structures like the Parthenon in Greece.
An engineer brings innovation and design to the construction, operation and maintenance of structures, machines, materials, devices, systems, processes and organisations.
Generally speaking, engineers have the ability to turn ideas into realities that can have a positive effect on people’s everyday lives.
New and innovative ideas may be the beginnings of technological advance, but it is engineers that translate those new ideas into practical and commercially valuable new products and services.
The analytical capacity and problem solving skills of engineers are prized within a wide range of industries beyond those normally associated with engineering.
Engineers contribute valuable services to the Australian economy at all stages of the innovation supply chain:
- Undertaking research, designing and engineering prototypes into new commercial products and services.
- Manufacturing new and improving existing products.
- Developing and operating digital systems.
- Design, constructing, operating and improving infrastructure that provides a framework in which an innovative economy can thrive.
Engineers Australia is the industry authority in this country, setting standards for the education and practice of engineering, in line with international benchmarks.
It also manages the National Engineering Register (NER), the uniform national benchmark of professionalism in engineering practice.
This professional body is encouraging the federal government to act, in the wake of the downturn in the resources boom, to move the Australian economy from resource-based to an innovative high tech, knowledge-based economy.
In its State of the Engineering Profession 2017 document, Engineers Australia pushed for the development of positive and influential medium- to long-term growth policies for the nation, including creating a skilled workforce, a strong defence industry policy, a considered energy policy and improved infrastructure that works efficiently without impeding productivity.