Continuous improvement is a buzzword in many industries – and an essential condition of the engineering profession. Finding effective and objective ways to measure the quality of your team’s toils is the secret to doing things smarter and better.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is linked with generating high levels of productivity, creating better jobs (and more of them) as well as securing healthy economies. That’s just some of the reasons why the capabilities that come along with STEM – including creative problem solving and critical thinking – are becoming an increasingly large focus in the Australian classroom.
Marketing methods are traditionally well defined for large, conventional organisations, but what about a small business with an extremely niche service offering within a relatively small market sector?
The Industry Research Project unit in the Master of Engineering Management is helping recent graduate, Ronie Magcamit, place a small environmental consulting firm on the map in Victoria.
Engineering is challenging, and that’s why it’s so rewarding. Engineers are trained to isolate problems and find efficient, well-designed solutions. However, in our haste to solve the problems in front of us, we can forget to look at the bigger picture.
As a relatively small city in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, you might not expect Toowoomba to be a bustling metropolis of business innovation. However, Toowoomba actually boasts one of the most diverse – and robust – economies in Queensland. And recent large-scale engineering projects mean that Toowoomba could be set to play an integral role in boosting Australia’s technology sector.
Cheap, off-shore design centres are a low-cost and time-effective option for many businesses. While this has taken some design work away from the Australian market, Aussie engineers don’t need to panic just yet. There are still plentiful positions for skilled engineers with strong design skills, they just have to bring other things to the table in order to compete with their overseas rivals. Continue reading
With a rapidly growing population – north of 24 million at last count, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics – and concentrated in our major coastal cities, it appears evident many of the country’s future planning and infrastructure challenges will be urban ones.
The Aussie mining industry took some tough blows in the last year. It struggled to compete with decreased Chinese demand, and global lows in iron ore and coal prices meant investors gave it a wide berth.
You may have the technical skills under your belt, but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to step into a leadership position just yet. To be a good leader – meaning the kind of leader your team wants to listen to and be led by – you’ll need to develop strong communication skills.
If you’ve ever wondered how a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) differs from a Master of Engineering, you’re not alone. The main difference lies in the skills an MEM can provide. While an engineering degree will develop the skills necessary to become a high-performing engineer, you may find yourself thrown into the deep end when it comes to managing a team and keeping projects on budget.