Blending science, maths and creativity, the discipline of engineering makes it possible for humans to build everything from bridges and roads to mobile phones and robots.
It’s no surprise that there is such high demand for engineering graduates around the world – including in Australia – and there is no obvious shortfall seen in today’s civil engineering field.
While many of the subject’s principles remain the same, the technologies involved are rapidly evolving. The best students in the field are those who graduate from their studies and immediately respond to the latest challenges facing the industries they join.
With that in mind, La Trobe University prepares engineering students for professional life outside the classroom. La Trobe students leave equipped with the skills to be engineers of the future, prepared for emerging industries and even roles that are yet to be created. Graduates are sought-after by employers who desire engineers with adaptable knowledge that transcends traditional engineering boundaries.
Engineering courses at La Trobe University
La Trobe offers several engineering courses at every study level; from pre-university (via Pathways to La Trobe) to postgraduate research. Its Master of Engineering program portfolio includes three new qualifications, all developed in response to industry needs:
- The Master of Engineering (Civil)
- The Master of Engineering (Electronics)
- The Master of Engineering (Manufacturing)
As a Master of Engineering student at La Trobe, you will complement your technical engineering knowledge with practical skills to help you succeed in your career. You will learn how to make advanced and commercially viable engineering decisions, as well as skills in negotiation, consultation, system design and risk analysis – the sort of stuff that really boosts employability.
Graduates are equipped with a global perspective and can find employment opportunities in all sorts of industries. Aerospace, defence, automotive, transportation, telecommunications, health and construction are some of the more traditional engineering-related sectors, but there’s also project management, consulting and supply chain management to keep in mind.
La Trobe offers scholarships for high-achieving students considering a full fee-paying place in undergraduate or postgraduate study. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Find out more about La Trobe scholarships for international students here.
Preparing career-ready graduates
A six-month Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement in industry rewards students with significant practical experience and a wealth of professional connections. You will have the chance to put your learning into practice in real-world, specialised engineering environments. The aim is to enrich your knowledge while preparing you for the workplace.
Alternatively, you may choose a Research Integrated Learning (RIL) experience; a similar concept to WIL, but you will conduct research alongside industry partners or senior academic staff.
The university has relationships with many leading companies in engineering – among them Telstra, Continental, Auto CRC and Chemtronics.
The La Trobe location – Melbourne, Australia
Based in the city of Melbourne, La Trobe also has campuses throughout Victoria, and one in Sydney, New South Wales.
Melbourne has been ranked by The Economist’s Intelligence Unit as the “world’s most liveable city” for seven consecutive years and received perfect scores in the areas of healthcare, education and infrastructure.
The QS Best Student Cities also ranked Melbourne the best Australian city and one of the best five in the world for students in 2016 and 2017.
The university offers on-campus accommodation at its campuses in Melbourne (the main campus), the regional town of Bendigo (about 130 kilometres north of Melbourne) and Albury-Wodonga, the twin towns that sit on the border of Victoria and New South Wales.
Melbourne is well-known for being a multicultural city and La Trobe is a multicultural university. It welcomes more than 8,000 international students from 110 countries to its campuses each year. At the main campus, for example, about 35 percent of students living on campus have roots all over the world.
La Trobe – a student’s perspective
Abdullah Al Mahrqqi, current Bachelor of Electronic Engineering student, says his degree “has opened up many career and further study pathways”.
“The subjects are directly related to what the industry requires and the staff are very friendly and easy going.
“I have so many highlights from my time in Australia; from university to the social life, travelling and experiencing the food and culture,” Mahrqqi says.
“La Trobe is not just a university for me now; it’s part of my life and has given me a lot of good memories.”