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Manufacturing and Engineering

Industry opportunities in manufacturing and engineering

Australia’s manufacturing and engineering industry is reinventing itself to become innovative, adaptive and flexible. This industry contributes $74 billion to the economy and employs over 590,000 people.

What to expect from a career in this industry

Many exciting advancements in automation and technology are driving change in manufacturing and engineering. Competitive businesses are investing in new equipment and adopting new ways of working, which requires the recruitment of adaptable, skilled people in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Career outcomes in the manufacturing and engineering industry can range from placements as a mechanical engineering technician, boat builder, upholsterer, and printer, to a metal fitter, machinist and more. 

Some of the benefits of being skilled in this industry include:

  • Working at the forefront of technological innovation in your field
  • A broad spectrum of jobs to choose from 
  • Options to specialise in certain technologies and production methods.

Due to the diversity of opportunities available, there are multiple pathways to becoming skilled in this sector. For example, you could pursue a job as a technician by completing an apprenticeship or traineeship and studying a Diploma of Engineering. 

Another avenue is pursuing a job in production by completing an apprenticeship or traineeship while studying a Certificate III in Printing.

Manufacturing and engineering industry apprenticeships and traineeships

Get practical experience and a nationally-recognised certification to launch your career in the manufacturing and engineering industry with Mas. Mas helps job seekers who are looking to reskill or upskill to find the jobs and careers they want.

Whether you’re an employer or job seeker, Mas provides guidance, support and transparency throughout the learning, job seeking and placement phases of your training.