To make the list as a qualified candidate, you need to have specific skills and desirable experience to bring to the table. Whilst this is true across any industry, for the Australian engineering market, here are the top 3 skillsets and experiences that are currently of significant interest to companies:
Technical Skills – Software Experience
Technical skills are essential in most engineering roles, but professionals with software experience are widely sought after. Different sectors also look for different software experiences, but across the board, companies have become increasingly interested in what technical software capabilities a prospective candidate has. Below we have detailed some of the niche and specialised software that have sparked an interest in the job brief from hiring managers:
Environmental & Mining sector
Modelling that focuses on pre-feasibility studies within mining conditions and water quality. Experience with GoldSim is currently highly desirable in the mining industry.
Transport, Water, Land Development & Civil Engineering sector
Modelling for transport and traffic engineering. We have seen some companies only speak to individuals that have experience with AIMSUN.
For structural engineers and building services.
The biggest demand we have seen for engineers, we suggest that professionals should add 12D to their portfolio.
Key points to note
It might come as a surprise, but most companies ask for individuals who have a long tenure – working in a company for an extended amount of time. The trait of loyalty to an organisation is very enticing, especially to smaller consultancies where the director is building the company from scratch. They will want a professional who is dedicated to the company in return.
Multi-Skilled – Beyond Technical
Engineering is an extremely competitive market. To find ways to stand out it can help to be multi-skilled. It’s commonplace for companies to look for an all-rounded individual with more than just technical fluency. That includes client-facing experience and commercial acumen. If you haven’t had this experience, you might still be in the running – we have seen businesses look for candidates that are open to develop, willing to help the team grow, and push themselves out of their comfort zone. Many firms hire on personal fit and it’s likely that individuals with a can-do outlet will proceed much further down the interview process.
Key points to note
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