When should I do my work experience?
There is no particular time in your degree when students are required to complete their work experience; however, most students opt to complete it over the summer between their third and fourth years of their engineering degree (or fourth and fifth years if they are completing a double degree).
What do I need to do before I begin my work experience?
Before you begin your work experience, you will need to establish two things: whether or not you require insurance from ANU (only in cases where it is not provided by your employer) and a system with your employer for recording the hours that you work. If you do require ANU insurance, you’ll need to complete the ANU insurance student work placement form and have it signed off by the Associate Director, Education (For 2016 it will be Klaus Weber) or another delegated authority (for engineering students only).
When should I enrol in ENGN3100, COMP4800 or COMP3560?
Students should enrol in ENGN3100, COMP4800 or COMP3560 (depending on your degree program) in the semester in which they intended to complete and submit their work experience report. This is usually done the semester immediately following a student’s work experience. That is, if you were to complete your Work Experience between December and February, you would then enrol in the appropriate Work Experience course in Semester 1 and submit your report that semester. For engineering, you will need to submit your report through Wattle.
What do I need to do once I complete my work experience?
Upon completion of your work experience, you will need to formally enrol in the applicable Work Experience course for your degree in the semester in which you intend to submit your report. Following this, you will need to obtain a letter of employment for each of your employers (if there are multiple), detailing the duration, nature of the work you conducted and who your supervisor was, eg a professional engineer or not, and include these in your report.
Can I complete my work experience interstate or overseas?
Yes, your work experience can be completed interstate or overseas, but you will need to meet the same requirements in terms of the type of work conducted and the scope of your report. ANU’s Insurance will cover work experience overseas, - if you need further details, please contact their office at email@example.com
Does my work experience need to be completed in an area related to my major?
For Engineering - No, as long as at least 8 out of the total 12 weeks of your work experience is conducted in an engineering discipline under the supervision of a qualified/professional engineer, you will satisfy the requirements for ENGN3100. For Computer Science - No.
Once I have completed my 8 weeks of engineering work experience, are there any requirements for the remaining 4 weeks?
The remaining 4 weeks can be completed in any industry (e.g. hospitality or retail), but can also be further engineering-based work. If you are completing your work experience at different organisations, you will need a letter from each with the details listed above.
What is the due date for the work experience report?
The work experience report is normally due in the final week of semester for the semester in which you have enrolled in the course. Once you have enrolled, you will have access to the Wattle site where the due date will be posted.
Where can I find a template for the work experience report?
A template for the report can be found on the Wattle site. If you would like access to this site before you have formally enrolled in ENGN3100 on ISIS, you can email CECS Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange access.
What is the difference between work experience (ENGN3100, COMP4800 and COMP2560) and an Internship (ENGN3200 or COMP3820)?
Work experience consists of 12 weeks of full-time work, 8 weeks of which must be work in an engineering discipline. Work experience is organised solely by the student. This is normally completed over the summer and does not contribute any units towards your engineering degree.
An engineering internship (ENGN3200) is full-time engineering work for a period of usually 4 months or longer, organised by the internship convenor. Often students complete their internship in place of one or two semesters of university. For Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students, an engineering internship can take the place of elective courses. For Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) (Honours) students, an engineering internship can take the place of electives, R&D projects, or a combination of both. In each case, the completion of ENGN3200 replaces the need to complete ENGN3100 (Work Experience). As ENGN3200 contributes units towards the completion of your degree, course fees will be incurred corresponding to the course unit value of your internship.
Can I count work completed at the ANU or another university towards my work experience?
Generally, no, students cannot claim for any work undertaken within the ANU or any other university. However, there are some instances of engineering work experience projects being offered through ANU Edge or ANU Facilities and Services that may count. Further, students who are undertaking their honours or summer research project with a non-university employer may claim this time as work experience up to the full 12 weeks. If you are not sure whether something will count towards work experience, please contact the course convenor.
What if I haven’t completed my work experience by the time I have finished all of my coursework?
Students who have not completed their work experience will not be eligible to graduate. Instead they will remain enrolled as students until such time as they complete their engineering work experience. Students may contact CECS Student Services (email@example.com) to obtain a letter stating they have completed all of their degree requirements except for ENGN3100.
Can my work experience be completed on a part-time basis?
Yes – please have your employer include all details of days and hours completed.
I am having trouble locating an employer for work experience, can the university assist?
CECS Student Services has a list of past organisations that have hosted work experience students. This list is available online. Students will need to contact the organisations themselves and coordinate an appropriate time to undertake work experience. Student Services can assist with enrolment or university administrative issues associated with work experience but cannot place students at organisations on their behalf.