World-leading approach to engineering education

Thursday 15 June 2017

People at a workshop sitting around a table

Industry partners collaborating with Swinburne on the design of the new Bachelor of Engineering Practice.

In summary

  • Australian first Engineering Practice Academy launched
  • Alternative approach to traditional engineering teaching and assessment
  • Businesses encouraged to partner with Academy
By working with us, industry partners can help to shape the graduates of the future, access a pool of skilled professionals and inform industry practice.

The engineering industry is evolving and Swinburne is rethinking the way engineering education is designed and delivered.

Its new Engineering Practice Academy will provide an environment in which the engineers of the future will gain real world work experience from the day they begin their Bachelor of Engineering Practice (Honours).

In a revolutionary approach to engineering education, the Academy is involving multiple industry partners to offer students an alternative to the traditional teaching and assessment methodologies in engineering.

“By working with us, industry partners can help to shape the graduates of the future, access a pool of skilled professionals and inform industry practice,” says Director of STEM Transformation, Dr Llewellyn Mann.

The Academy will focus on professional, personal and technical skills to create job-ready graduates who are well prepared to go into an existing company or create their own.

“Students will work as engineers in teams to solve real-world problems, working for some of Swinburne’s industry partners, such as Programmed, Henkel and SICK,” Dr Mann says.

Businesses can partner with the Academy by investing time, providing projects or through financial support.

“Through courses like this – that are developed by direct collaboration between educators and industry – both our industry and our students will be better equipped to meet the challenges of the digital world, says AECOM’s Gavin Scherer.

“It’s an exciting time.”

Learn more about partnering with the Engineering Practice Academy.