5 paths into engineering if you don’t ace your ATAR

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Uni isn't the only pathways into engineering! Here are some alternatives. Image: Shutterstock

Stressed about getting an amazing ATAR score? The good news is that there are loads of alternative pathways into engineering that can lead to an awesome career

If innovating, creative thinking and problem-solving is your thing, chances are you’re drawn to the ‘E’ in STEM – engineering. Which is awesome news if you’re looking for a secure, future-focused gig – because in 2021 engineering roles are up there with some of the most fast-growing and in demand

Graduating Year 12 with perfect marks and heading straight to uni is far from the only way to kickstart your engineering pathway. TAFE SA offers up just as much knowledge, training and job-readiness as a Bachelor’s degree.

Plus, when you graduate you’ll be equipped with the skills employers want, ready to work as an Engineering Associate (para-professional).

And for those wanting to go down the uni route eventually? Associate degrees, like those offered by TAFE SA in partnership with South Australian unis, and with close links to industry, allow you to obtain two years of credit out of the four years required to study a Bachelors with Honours. Plus, the degrees are accredited by professional body Engineers Australia, making grads highly employable.

Here, we take a look at some of TAFE SA’s employment-focused alternative pathways into engineering. 

1. Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering

Keen to do something that’ll lead straight into a job? TAFE SA created the Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering as a response to the development needs of the electrical industry – more skilled-up grads, and fast!

As one of the state’s major employers, the career opportunities in electrical engineering are huge. Electricity generation and distribution, production line processing and mining are just some of the booming areas where there’s more demand than qualified grads. 

2. Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering 

Torn between engineering and health science? The great news is that with an Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering you can do both. 

With the South Australian biomedical industry growing seriously fast, TAFE SA offers a hands-on biomedical pathway where industry knowledge and practical skills are combined so that you walk out ready to start applying for next-gen healthcare equipment maintenance and support roles.

3. Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Design Drafting)

Civil engineers design, build, service and adapt the public infrastructure that we depend on – high-capacity roads, cost-effective transportation systems, railways, waste networks, airports, flood defences and pollution control facilities. And the great news? TAFE SA offers an associate degree that specialises in the design and drafting process – a skill in demand by the  South Australian construction industry. 

As a design drafting student you’ll learn to prep drawings, documents and specifications, inspect sites and estimate costs – all units are taught as a response to local workforce development needs, so that you’re as hireable as possible. 

4. Associate Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Site Management)

There’s a lot more to being a civil engineer than wearing a hard hat all day, but TAFE SA’s Associate Degree in Civil Engineering (Site Management) will get you ready to run a construction site – a huge plus when applying for jobs! 

Learn everything you need to know about working onsite – from computing for engineering, to basic drawing, construction geotechnics, water infrastructure, structural analysis, quality control and more. 

5. Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering 

Equally into innovating as you are technology? TAFE SA’s Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering will get you ready to step straight into an electronics associate or technical officer. 

Get your head around the ins and outs of South Australia’s booming electronics sector, and the role you could have in it –  designing and manufacturing defence, communication and instrumentation systems, sensors and medical devices.

Keen to know more about alternative pathways into engineering that you can kickstart at TAFE? Head here for important dates and more info on specific courses. 

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Cassie Steel

Author: Cassie Steel

As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.

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