Many engineering courses automatically set students on a path to one specialisation, although some provide a more general first year before they specialise. While some engineering specialisations focus on a certain type of technology — automotive, aerospace, biomedical, marine or telecommunications — others are concerned with adapting certain base elements, such as chemical, electrical, materials and mechanical.
Another type of specialisation concentrates on harvesting, developing and sustaining natural resources, such as agricultural, environmental and mining. The newer engineering fields — aeronautics, informatics and mechatronics — have risen in popularity in recent years.
There are over 500 undergraduate degrees in engineering and technology listed on The Good Universities Guide course search. We looked at which Australian universities performed best in learning resources, graduate salary and skills development.
This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the learning resources provided by their institution. The top spot goes to Southern Cross University with 92.6% satisfaction rate, with WA’s Edith Cowan University placing second with 92%.
This rating compares the median salary of graduates from different universities. University of Southern Queensland (USQ) placed highest with a median graduate salary of $84,500, followed by Murdoch University in WA, where the median graduate salary for engineering students is $77,000.
This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the skill development they experienced through their studies. First place goes to Southern Cross University with an 88.5% satisfaction rate, and a close second goes to Murdoch University with 87.1%.
View all 2021 rankings for engineering and technology by The Good Universities Guide — you can also by state and study level to view both undergraduate and postgraduate ratings.