Skills and workforce development

Mapping the Engineering Profession: Profiling the engineering workforce, skill utilisation and skill acquisition in road and rail 2010

Client:  Australian National Engineering Taskforce

The Australian National Engineering Taskforce (ANET) commissioned the Workplace Research Centre, in partnership with the National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University, to undertake research mapping the current and future engineering profession in the road and rail industries. The aims of the projects were to examine engineering job roles and how these interrelate at the workplace, and to quantify the supply of engineers in road and rail industries. The key research questions guiding the research were:

  1. What does the professional engineering workforce look like today and how has this profile been changing?
  2. How are engineering skills defined and utilised at the workplace?
  3. How are engineering skills acquired The report combined analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data with qualitative case studies.