Work Experience

For students studying the Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (R&D) or the Bachelor of Software Engineering, work/industry experience is a compulsory component of the degree. Work Experience offers you the opportunity to integrate academic theory and ‘real world’ practice, enhance technical and leadership skills and experience in a professional setting, whilst also improving career prospects.

For Engineering students, by completing Work Experience, you will graduate as an accredited professional with skills and experience essential in the workforce. 

All work/industry experience courses are zero units, and therefore do not attract a course fee. Students are required to organise work/industry experience themselves. The course codes for work/industry experience are:

ENGN3100 – Practical Experience (Engineering and Engineering R&D - compulsory)

COMP4800 – Industry Experience (Software Engineering - compulsory)

COMP3560 – Advanced Computing R&D Industry Experience

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Requirements

12 weeks full time (420 hours), with at least 8 weeks full time (280 hours) supervised by a professional in the relevant discipline.

Students are required to submit a 10-15 page report upon conclusion of their Work Experience placement.

Please see the Current Opportunities listed below for the ENGN3100 Final Report template.

Note for ENGN3100 - Reports will be assessed against the 110318 Stage 1 Professional Engineer competencies provided at https://cecs.anu.edu.au/professional_skills_mappin.... You should discuss how these will be met with your Work Experience Host prior to accepting a work experience post.

FAQs

Host Organisations

Past Engineering Work Experience Host Organisations

Name of Organisation

Location

Major

ActewAGL Distribution

Canberra, Australia

Electronics/Communications

Beijing Institute of Radio Metrology & Measurements 

Beijing, China

Electronics/Communications

CEA Technologies

Canberra, Australia

Electronics/Communications

Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies. 

Singapore

Electronics/Communications

China Mobile Communication Group

Multiple, China

Electronics/Communications

China Railway Signal and Communication Shanghai Engineering Group

Shanghai, China

Electronics/Communications

China Southern Power Grid

Jiangmen City, China

Electronics/Communications

China United Network Communication

Multiple, China

Electronics/Communications

CIC Technology

Canberra, Australia

Electronics/Communications

Datapod Australia

Canberra, Australia

Electronics/Communications

Flextronics (Technology) Malaysia

Senai, Malaysia

Electronics/Communications

NEC

Canberra, Australia

Electronics/Communications

NICTA

Canberra, Australia

Electronics/Communications

Nova Systems

Canberra, Australia

Electronics/Communications

Sonartech Atlas

Sydney, Australia

Electronics/Communications

Tactical Research

Canberra, Australia

Electronics/Communications

Telstra Corp

Sydney, Australia

Electronics/Communications

TPV Technology Wuhan

Wuhan, China

Electronics/Communications

TransGrid

Yass, Australia

Electronics/Communications

AKZ Vehicle Engineering

Burra, Australia

Materials/Manufacturing

Australian Scientific Instruments

Canberra, Australia

Materials/Manufacturing

Beijing Benz Automotive Co

Beijing, China

Materials/Manufacturing

Changchun Equipment and Technology Research Institute

Changchun, China

Materials/Manufacturing

China Nuclear Power Engineering

Beijing, China

Materials/Manufacturing

Colombo Dockyard PLC

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Materials/Manufacturing

Dematic

Sydney, Australia

Materials/Manufacturing

Enable Development

Melbourne, Australia

Materials/Manufacturing

Energy Action

Canberra, Australia

Materials/Manufacturing

Guangdong Fuwa Engineering Manufacturing

Foshan City, China

Materials/Manufacturing

Malaysian Nuclear Agency

Selangor, Malaysia

Materials/Manufacturing

Radcoflex

Sydney, Australia

Materials/Manufacturing

Royal Australian Mint

Canberra, Australia

Materials/Manufacturing

Sea Box International

Canberra, Australia

Materials/Manufacturing

Snowy Hydro Ltd

Cooma, NSW

Materials/Manufacturing

Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT

Canberra, Australia

Materials/Manufacturing

Defence Science & Technology Organisation               

Canberra, Australia

Mechatronics/Robotics

ACT Geotechnical Engineers

Canberra, Australia

Mechatronics/Robotics

Bernecker + Rainer Industrial Automation

Shanghai, China

Mechatronics/Robotics

Control Automation Systems

Brisbane, Australia

Mechatronics/Robotics

MadJ Innovations

Canberra, Australia

Mechatronics/Robotics

Ramdraft Pty

Melbourne, Australia

Mechatronics/Robotics

Raytheon Australia

Sydney, Australia

Mechatronics/Robotics

Seeing Machines

Canberra, Australia

Mechatronics/Robotics

Unmanned Systems

Brisbane, Australia

Mechatronics/Robotics

3D Robotics

Canberra, Australia

Mechatronics/Robotics

Clean Energy Regulator

Canberra, Australia

Solar/Sustainable

IT Power

Canberra, Australia

Solar/Sustainable

Jakeman Business Solutions

Canberra, Australia

Solar/Sustainable

Just-Rite

Canberra, Australia

Solar/Sustainable

Laros Technologies

Canberra, Australia

Solar/Sustainable

LG Electronics R&D Centre

Seoul, South Korea

Solar/Sustainable

Power and Water Corporation

Darwin, Australia

Solar/Sustainable

Power Saving Centre Canberra

Canberra, Australia

Solar/Sustainable

State Grid Chongming Power Supply

Shanghai, China

Solar/Sustainable

UniQuip Engineering

Sydney, Australia

Solar/Sustainable

Windlab Limited

Canberra, Australia

Solar/Sustainable

 

Past Computing/Software Engineering Work Experience Host Organisations

Name of Organisation

Location

ActewAGL

Canberra, Australia

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Canberra, Australia

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Canberra, Australia

Australian Signals Directorate

Canberra, Australia

Australian Taxation Office

Canberra, Australia

Beijing Sifang Automation Co. Ltd

Beijing, China

CEA Technologies

Canberra, Australia

Centrelink – Department of Human Services

Canberra, Australia

CSC

Canberra, Australia

CSIRO

Canberra, Australia

Datacom Systems

Canberra, Australia

Department of Defence

Canberra, Australia

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Canberra, Australia

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Canberra, Australia

Distillery Software

Canberra, Australia

Geoscience Australia

Canberra, Australia

GRC Systems

Singapore

IBM Australia

Canberra, Australia

International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

IP Health

Melbourne, Australia

Intasect Communications Co

Chengdu, China

Lockheed Martin

Canberra, Australia

Macquarie Bank Group

Sydney, Australia

Mediaware

Canberra, Australia

National Library of Australia

Canberra, Australia

Oracle

Canberra, Australia

Orion Health

Canberra, Australia

Starhub

Singapore

Taikang Life Insurance Co. Ltd

Beijing, China

Thales

Canberra, Australia

Wollemi Systems

Canberra, Australia

More information

For more information about work/industry experience and internships, please contact the College of Engineering and Computer Science Student Services at: studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au; or drop into our offices in N202, CSIT Building (108).

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FAQs

Engineering Work Experience. How, where, when?

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 insurance.office@anu.edu.au

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 (studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au) 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 (studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au) 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.

Updated:  8 September 2015/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing