Engineering, a thriving career for Nepalese students

UTS Student Tanya Mukhia

5 July 2019, Sydney

In 2019, Australia will be celebrating 100 years of achievement by the engineering industry as one of its peak bodies, Engineering Australia, reaches its centenary.

Engineering contributes to almost every sector of the Australian, Nepalese and global economies. It helps people all around the world through new developments in energy, medical systems, transportation and food production.

While the demand for skilled engineers is high, a global engineering skills shortage has meant some jobs have gone unfilled. According to Job Outlook Australia, the demand will continue to grow, with almost 13,000 engineering management job openings anticipated over the next five years.

Like some sectors in Australia, Nepal is facing a shortage of well-educated and job-ready engineers. With the government increasing investment in large-scale infrastructure projects, the need for engineering skills is growing exponentially.

Students from Nepal who can help meet this high demand for engineering skills should be well-positioned for careers in the industry.

It was the 2015 Nepalese earthquake that inspired Tanya Mukhia from Kathmandu to study engineering. Having commenced a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at UTS after finishing her Diploma of Engineering at UTS Insearch, Tanya wants to use her newfound expertise to give back to her country.

“It’s important that we improve the way residential buildings are designed and constructed. My hope is that I can use my skills and experience to be a part of engineering innovation in my country,” Tanya said.

UTS Insearchs Program Manager – Engineering, Jasmine Cheng believes passionate students such as Tanya will go on to have impactful careers.

“Studying engineering is the perfect way to combine a commitment to helping society and improving the world, with practical application,” Ms Cheng said.

“Engineers can choose to work with international organisations, large local companies and government bodies, and even join entrepreneurial, dynamic startups. It offers a world of opportunity.”

As part of the UTS’s commitment to engineering innovation, the Faculty of Engineering and IT is housed in an exciting ‘living building’ which is part of the $1 billion campus redevelopment. The university is at the forefront of emerging trends in data, IT and engineering, with strong research programs into areas such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and wearable technologies.

Students can complete a Diploma of Engineering at UTS Insearch and may fast track into their second year of study at UTS, depending on the course chosen.