Australia faces challenges as it transitions to an economy that is diverse and technologically based, say Engineers Australia President Trish White and CEO Peter McIntyre.
Welcome to our Most Innovative Engineers of 2018 edition of create. This month we profile 30 of the nation’s best and brightest engineers working across the industry.
You’ll read about their groundbreaking engineering designs and innovations happening all over the country.
The contribution of our engineering innovators to the community cannot be under-estimated.
Whether high-tech, biomedical, civil, mechatronic or one of the many other engineering disciplines – our most innovative engineers 2018 are making a positive and lasting impact on improving our standard of living and quality of life.
Innovative careers abound in engineering and the last frontier – space – is no exception!
The Federal Government’s commitment to establishing the nation’s first space agency will open up huge and exciting opportunities for engineers.
We hear from Wing Commander Darin Lovett who is calling on fellow engineers to play a key role in Australia’s space ambitions.
The high-technology knowledge needed for many of these jobs of the future will require a new mindset via a new suite of skills. Monash University’s Dean Elizabeth Croft gives us her insights.
Our theme of innovation continues with a tour of Boeing’s facility at Fisherman’s bend in Victoria. It’s the sole supplier of several critical components for some of the company’s aircraft. create talks to the engineers who are working on Boeing’s new electrical vertical take-off aircraft and autonomous air taxi projects.
And one of our speakers at the Australian Engineering Conference (AEC) 2018 Conference in September, Director of Sustainability at WSP Richard Palmer discusses resilience in infrastructure design, its connection with sustainability and world’s best practice in the area.
On the conference, the three-day Sydney event will look at how technological change is transforming our world – from smart homes to self-driving cars, AI and automation are radically reshaping the way we live and work.
Global engineering leaders will share their insights and expertise with a focus on the future of engineering, innovation and jobs.
All of this is exciting and good news for the profession. Yet Australia faces challenges as it transitions to an economy that is diverse, innovative and technologically based. Science, technology engineering and mathematical ability will be increasingly required to create and find work in this environment.
We need to get hard-nosed about putting our education dollar where it will best improve readiness for jobs of the future. Impact on industry skills and on research quality is what counts. And that means being clear about the quantum and standard of future skills required, funding models that don’t cut across those priorities, and keeping a keen eye on impact to communities and the economy so as to adapt in the timeframes necessary.
Engineers will be crucial to that success; innovation is what we do best.