Australia’s most-popular graduate engineering employer revealed

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Aurecon has been named the most popular engineering graduate employer in Australia for the 3rd time since 2019, at the Top 100 Graduate Employers awards 2022. Image: via Aurecon

Grad gig search, sorted. The Most-Popular Engineering Employer for 2022 is Aurecon

Keen on kickstarting a career in engineering? Based on the number of uni students that applied for positions on GradConnection, The Australian Financial Review has identified 100 of the best places for grads to land their first jobs.

And the most popular employer in the engineering category? Engineering and advisory company, Aurecon.

Ranked as the 14th most popular graduate employer overall this year, Aurecon has been a front runner in the Top 100 Graduate Employer awards for a couple of years now. 

“One of the most immediate issues at play within our industry is the challenge of attracting talent in a highly competitive employment market,” says Aurecon Chief Executive Officer, William Cox.

“To be an employer of choice we continue to challenge ourselves to foster talent, build diverse teams and an inclusive culture. This enables us to frame and solve our clients’ and society’s most complex problems in unconventional and distinctive ways.”

Why study engineering?

According to a 2019 Australian Government survey of young people, confusion about what the E in STEM means is one of the big reasons keeping them from choosing engineering for their study and career pathways.

To ‘engineer’ something literally means to design and build something – and engineers design and build everything from bridges, buildings and roads, to solar panels, software apps, prosthetic limbs and hospital ventilators. It’s their job to make our devices, machines and infrastructure work better, safer and more efficiently.

Which engineering degree is for you? 

Software! Civil! Mechanical! Biomedical! With so many exciting specialisations out there, picking a compatible engineering discipline can be tricky. You might choose to study a more general engineering degree and after trying out a few subjects, discover your major from there. Keep in mind though, that most undergraduate courses teach you a transferable skill set that can be used across loads of different engineering roles. This should narrow down your job search:

Computer engineer: tech-savvy engineers fluent in everything from programming, UX (user experience) and UI (user interface) design, product development, electronic engineering, software design, machine learning and AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Civil engineer: construction specialists that design, build, service and adapt the public infrastructure that we depend on every day – high- capacity roads, cost-effective transportation systems, railways, waste networks, airports, flood defences and pollution-control facilities.

Biomedical engineer: the ultimate STEM slashies, equally skilled in health science and engineering. On-the-job biomedical engineers apply their problem-solving skills to design and build devices and equipment used in healthcare.

Chemical engineer: an engineer who uses their extensive knowledge of chemicals to evaluate, assess and refine familiar products (think: food, drink and fuel), and improve production and manufacturing processes.

Mechanical engineer: a mathematician-meets-mechanic who spends nine-to-five hanging out with machines – maintaining, innovating, designing and building spacecraft, energy generators, robots or mining machinery.

Aurecon’s graduate programme 2022 will be open to applications from 21 February to 3 April 2022. For more short-listed grad-friendly employers head here. And for our pick of the bunch? Here.

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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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