Engineers help to make things that we use on a daily basis — from the cars we drive and the medical technology (including pharmaceuticals) we depend on, to our cities’ buildings and our regions’ water supplies.
Many courses automatically set you on a path to one specialisation, although some provide a general first year before you specialise. While some engineering specialisations focus on a certain type of technology (automotive, aerospace, biomedical, marine and telecommunications), others are concerned with adapting certain base elements or resources for a myriad of purposes (chemical, electrical, materials and mechanical). Another group concentrates on harvesting, developing and sustaining natural resources (agricultural, environmental and mining). The newer engineering fields — such as aeronautics, informatics and mechatronics — have been more popular than the older sub-disciplines in recent years.
There are over 500 undergraduate degrees in engineering and technology listed on our course search. We looked at which ones performed best in overall experience, graduate salary and teaching quality.
This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the overall quality of their education experience. The top spot goes to Southern Cross University with 81.5% satisfaction rate, with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) placing second with 81.4%.
This rating compares the median salary of graduates from different universities. University of Southern Queensland (USQ) placed highest with a median graduate salary of $84,500, followed by Murdoch University in WA, where the median graduate salary for engineering students is $77,000.
This rating looks at the proportion of students who were satisfied with the quality of teaching they experienced. First place goes to Southern Cross University with an 85.2% satisfaction rate, and an exceptionally close second goes to the University of Canberra with 85.1%.
View all 2021 rankings for engineering and technology by The Good Universities Guide — filter by study level to view both undergraduate and postgraduate ratings.