By: Maddy Jones | Updated: March 10, 2018 10:33pmElectrical engineering students often struggle to find a full-time job when they want one, but they can often find a good job by working in an engineering company.
The University of Sydney’s Electrical Engineering Internships Program, for example, can get you a job as an electrical engineer if you meet certain requirements.
“There are plenty of opportunities available for electrical engineers at many different engineering companies across Australia,” says University of New South Wales Electrical Engineering Fellow Ryan Johnson.
“If you’re interested in an internship at one of these companies you can apply online, which is what we’ve done.”
You could apply to be a part of an electrical design, design engineering or engineering management teamIn fact, Johnson says you could apply for the internship from any company that offers an internship program, including those listed on the Australian Council for Technical Education’s Electrical Internships website.
“We have about 10 companies in Australia that offer some sort of electrical engineering internship,” he said.
“The more you look around the internships that are offered by these companies, the more you realise there are lots of people who are interested in electrical engineering and would love to work there.”
Here’s what it looks like to apply for an internship in AustraliaElectrical engineers are trained to do a variety of tasks, such as:Building electrical systems and switching power supply systemsTesting electrical and electronic components to ensure that they operate as expectedTesting and testing circuit designsTesting the integrity of power supply linesTesting the wiring of equipment to ensure it operates as expectedThe internship involves two weeks of classroom training and a week of working in the engineering office, working in teams and with other engineering students.
“What’s important is that you’re getting experience in working with people who have different interests and backgrounds,” Johnson said.
He says an engineer can expect to work with a team of 10 to 12 people, and learn from a range of different people in the department.
“You can really learn to work in teams, you can really get a good understanding of how the system works and how people think, what they’re looking for and how to ask the right questions,” he says.
“And then, of course, you have the opportunity to work on equipment and you can learn how to work together in a collaborative way.”
The internship lasts three to five weeks.
Johnson says the internship is a great opportunity for students to get exposure to engineering, but he says it’s also good for them to develop a portfolio of work experience that they can use to find employment.
“It’s really important to have a portfolio to showcase yourself,” he explains.
“Whether it’s a portfolio for an employer or an employer that’s interested in you or your skills, you’ve got to have something to show.”
Johnson says there are also many other opportunities to apply online.
“Sometimes it’s easier to apply by phone or email if you know that you have a certain profile,” he explained.
“But then you also have the option to look at what companies are actually hiring and they might be a bit more targeted and you might find a way to do it through the online application process.”
One of the things that we’re doing is going to be looking at our LinkedIn profile, looking at some of the job postings that we’ve been getting, and we’re also looking at other online applications.
“There are many different things that you can do if you want to do this.”
To apply for a student position, students need to meet the requirements listed on that company’s website.
The company will also need to send you an email explaining why they need to employ you, and they’ll also need you to submit a resume, including your CV.
If you can’t find a job through the University of NSW’s Electrical Engineer Internships, Johnson recommends you start looking online for a job at your own company.
“For electrical engineers, they can apply through the internet,” he recommends.
“So you might be able to apply to work at an electrical company in Australia, or in New Zealand or even a few other countries.”
You’ll also want to get in touch with the company to find out what other work they’re interested of applying for.
“I think it’s really interesting to see what other jobs they’re applying for and see how those apply to the position that they’re actually looking for,” he concluded.