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Engineers with Special Skills in Short Supply in Australia

Australia will soon run out of enough specialist engineers to meet the needs of their labour force. With many civil and commercial projects planned the country will not be able to keep up with demands for almost any conceivable kind of engineer and employers will be forced to look overseas for qualifying candidates.

Engineers With Special Skills In Short Supply In Australia

It is especially engineers with skills sets that include experience in engineering software programs like Auto Cad and 12D that are very much in demand.


Engineers with 12D experience and with qualifications in areas such as civil, structural, survey and water engineering are in huge demand in Australia right now as the local labour force struggles to supply professionals with enough knowledge and experience with these software programs – especially 12D.

Based on research by an Australian-based employment firm the problem is set to intensify exponentially as the large number of public sector infrastructure projects drives demand for skilled workers is likely to increase.

In its latest quarterly report, Australian recruitment specialists Hays Recruitment, reported that Australia has a shortage of skills in specific areas of engineering. “Australia’s engineering industry is very active with continued staffing demand and vacancy activity – although levels of activity do vary based on location,” declared the Hays report and adds “… there is a talent mismatch between the skills jobseekers possess and those employers want, which is creating staffing challenges in many states.”

“In particular, we’re seeing a shortage of suitable talent for highly-skilled occupations.”

With planning for new mining projects also underway workers and specialists in the mining industry will also become more sought after.

Tradesman such as boilermakers/welders and mechanical fitters are need as mines commission new equipment or rebuild and complete shutdowns for current equipment which was not serviced during the mining down turn the past five years.

Australia has a huge shortage of Civil Engineers with only 400 registered surveyors to service the whole country. The pressure will intensify as land development, highway and bridge projects increase. Senior structural engineers and senior mechanical engineers are also needed in response to an increase in commercial projects.

Civil Engineers with road experience are needed for upgrades, land stabilisation and new roads and highways as are traffic engineers with experience in congestion and integrated transport planning will be needed across the country.

Piling Engineers will also become sought-after for the Cross-River Rail project starting up in 2018.

The report summarizes by Territory / City;


• ACT looks forward to the $700 million light rail project and a number of planned civil projects
• In New South Wales projects such as Sydney Metro, Sydney Light Rail and Parramatta Light Rail drive the need for engineers across a number of platforms
• Engineers in Victoria will be kept busy with subdivisions in Melbourne’s north-west and south-eat and civil works including the Melbourne Metro project.
• Queensland is getting ready for the $3 billion Queens Wharf development, highway upgrades including Kingsford Smith Drive and small lot subdivisions
• In Perth Civil Engineers are needed as are Bridge Engineers and Civil Drafters who will complete work on highway extensions and an airport link
• In the Northern Territory, civil designers with 12D experience are needed for NTG infrastructure workers whilst there is a shortage of structural engineers with experience in working with cyclonic codes
• Civil engineers (QA/QC) are also needed with significant projects in Darwin
• In Tasmania, vacancy activity is being driven by civil infrastructure and building projects. Civil designers are in demand for infrastructure and residential projects are civil infrastructure project engineers. Building services engineers are also needed as well thanks to a spike in building construction and redevelopment works.

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