What is it like to be a Power Engineer?
Power engineers’ roles can include the design, maintenance, repair and operation of all mechanical systems in a building, industrial power plant, or engine room. These mechanical systems range from a single boiler, to a complex system of boilers, electrical generators, steam and gas turbines, pressure vessels, refrigeration, and air-conditioning.
As a graduate power engineer, you will have the opportunity to work in many industries. Almost all large groups of buildings, factories or industrial sites require the services and certifications of a qualified power engineer.
Depending on the size and complexity of the systems, power engineers may work within a team, or they may be individually responsible for the entire operation and maintenance of the building or facility.
This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.
This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.
Is it right for me?
Power engineers possess a desire to understand how systems operate, and the ability to identify, analyse and solve complex real-world problems.
Other attributes key to success as a power engineer include:
- aptitude for computing and design
- strong oral and written communication skills
- ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- exceptional attention to detail.
To become a Power Engineer
To be able to become a Power Engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:
If you do not meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental Engineering), USQ recommends that you study an Associate Degree of Engineering (Power Systems Engineering) or a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Power Systems Engineering).
You may be able to put the credit you earned from your TAFE (VET) studies towards your degree. This may shorten the length of time you'll take to complete your degree. Take a look at our Credit Calculator to see.
A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering Science is eligible to apply for graduate membership of Engineers Australia as an Engineering Technologist. After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering Science may apply for chartered status as an Engineering Technologist and, when granted, may use the post-nominal TMIEAust CEngT.
If you have already completed an engineering technologist qualification and wish to qualify as a Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia, there are other Master degrees to assist you.
A graduate of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is eligible to apply for membership of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer.
After further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is accredited by Engineers Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is also recognised in those countries that are signatories to the Washington Accord.