The Professional Year in Engineering

The only Australian government-legislated work-readiness program developed to enhance the employability skills of recent engineering graduates.

 

What do past graduates of the program have to say?

" The program benefits are definitely invaluable in terms of enhancing your expertise, career experience and ability to work in such a diverse workplace and a multicultural work environment ” – past Professional Year Graduate.

 

" I want to emphasize that this program provides you with 3 month placement which can possibly turn into your first awesome job in Australia. It happened to me and I would suggest all international graduates to do this program ”– Damandeep Gujral, past Professional Year Graduate.

 

 

What is the Professional Year in Engineering?

The Professional Year in Engineering is the only Australian government-legislated work-readiness program developed to enhance the employability skills of recent engineering graduates; in turn helping to address the widening engineering skills shortage in Australia.

Delivered in a blended learning model over a 44-week period, participants are familiarised with the norms of the Australian workplace including OHSE and diversity, effective verbal and written communication skills, working in a team and project management fundamentals.

Participants are then introduced to the Australian workplace culture via a 12 week work placement* within an Australian engineering team, enabling participants to put into practice the theory learned in both university and the program itself, and providing the opportunity to gather evidence for assessment of their Certificate IV in Project Management.

 

Who is the program for?Top

Primarily, the Professional Year centres on international engineering graduates seeking employment in their chosen engineering discipline with the intention of migrating to Australia.

Since its inception, however, the program has also attracted other engineering graduate groups including Australian residents and citizens wanting to experience the benefits of the program and work placement.

 

Not a recent graduate?

Even if you’re not a recent graduate there are still other EEA programs developed to assist you transition as well. See our Experience Engineering in Australia program.

 

Eligibility

The Professional Year is open to holders of various visa types, including Skilled-Recognised Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 476) and Skilled-Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485), however other visa-holder types, as well as residents and citizens, are also able to undertake the program (though the program is not CRICOS, and is full fee-paying.; HECS and fee-help do not apply).

Contacting a migration agent or the Department of Immigration and Citizenship regarding your eligibility before applying is strongly advised.

 

Structure

Offered in all states and territories, the Professional Year is a structured, 44-week, part-time work preparedness program focusing on the professional skills needed to obtain employment in the Australian work place.

Delivered in a blended learning model, including scheduled face-to face classes to facilitate better networking and communication skills, the program is further supported by the delivery of a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice** completely online with assessment undertaken before and during the work placement period.

 

Application Process

All applications must be approved by Engineering Education Australia on behalf of Engineers Australia, the peak body for the engineering profession in Australia. Applications must be accompanied by certified copies of all required supporting documents.

 

Ready to apply?

 

Upcoming Intakes

Professional Year class intakes occur regularly in most states and fill very quickly. In most instances you will be undertaking your class work with other eligible PYear professions such as ICT and accounting.

Additional intake dates will be added below as they are released. Please note: Dates are subject to change. End dates detailed are an approximation only based on the 44-week Professional Year program. Dates may differ depending on attendance, successful completion of program components and other issues.

  State   PYear Intake   PYear Intake   PYear Intake   PYear Intake

Navitas

17 York Street
Sydney NSW 2088

11 January 2015 -
17 November 2015

(Sundays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

7 February 2015 -
15 December 2015

(Saturdays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

8 March 2015 -
12 January 2016

(Sundays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

21 March 2015 -
26 January 2016

(Saturdays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

QIBA

various locations
Sydney NSW 2000

2 November 2014 -
1 September 2015

(Sundays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

5 November 2014 -
4 September 2015

(Wednesdays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

15 November 2014 -
14 September 2015

(Saturdays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

30 November 2014 -
29 September 2015

(Saturdays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

Navitas

Levels 3 & 4
206 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

15 November 2014 -
14 September 2015

(Saturdays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

16 December 2014 -
19 October 2015

(Tuesdays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

21 January 2015 -
23 November 2015

(Wednesdays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

8 February 2015 -
4 December 2015

(Sundays only -
9:00am to 5:30pm)

Holmesglen

332 St Kilda Road
Southbank VIC 3006

8 November 2014 -
28 September 2015

(Saturdays only -
9:00am to 5:00pm)

     

Swinburne

Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Hawthorn VIC 3006

6 December 2014 -
26 October 2015

(Saturdays only -
8.30am to 5pm)

     

Navitas

Level 5, 16–20 Coglin Street
Adelaide SA 5000

16 November 2014 -
20 September 2015

(Sundays only -
9:00am to 5:00pm)

     

Navitas

Level 2, East Tower
410 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

22 November 2014 -
21 September 2015

(Sundays only -
9:00am to 5:00pm)

23 February 2015 -
25 December 2015

(Monday & Wednesday -
9:00am to 5:00pm)

21 March 2015 -
22 January 2016

(Saturdays only -
9:00am to 5:00pm)

 

QIBA

Hunt Education Training Rooms
Level 6, 359 Queen Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

       

Navitas

Level 8, Brookfield Place
125 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000

25 November 2014 -
21 October 2015

(Tuesday & Thursday-
5:00pm to 9:00pm)

6 January 2015 -
9 November 2015

(Tuesday & Thursday-
5:00pm to 9:00pm)

21 February 2015 -
21 December 2015

(Saturdays only -
9:00am to 5:00pm)

14 April 2015 -
15 February 2016

(Tuesday & Thursday-
5:00pm to 9:00pm)

QIBA

Vibe Waterfront Training Rooms
7 Kitchener Drive
Darwin NT 0800

       

QIBA

Best Western Training Rooms
156 Bathurst Street
Hobart TAS 7000

       
 

Please note: End dates detailed are an approximation only based on the 44-week Professional Year program. Dates may differ depending on attendance, successful completion of program components and other issues. Dates are subject to change.

 

More questions?

Click below to visit our frequently asked questions page

 
Or contact the Professional Year Team at professionalyear@eeaust.com.au or +61 3 9274 9600

 

(*work placements are unpaid and you may be required to relocate for the term of your placement, depending on your engineering discipline)
(**Certificate IV is available from July 1st 2013 only)