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The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin offers many opportunities for students to experience the workplace throughout their course of study. You may choose subjects which take you into the field, place you in industry or offer an internship. We aim to produce high calibre graduates who are employable and have a broad understanding of the career opportunities available in their chosen field.
Industry-based Learning (IBL) involves working full or part time in industry as part of your degree program and plays a very valuable role in preparing for graduate employment. As a student in the IBL Program, you would be given an opportunity to apply and consolidate knowledge gained at university, experience workplace culture and work practices, explore career options and develop a professional network.
Find out more about the Faculty's IBL Program.
As a Construction Management student, you would undertake an 80 day work experience program as part of your course. The program involves employment in an organisation undertaking activites relating to building and construction, and enables you to observe and experience workplace conditions and tasks in the building delivery process. This meets a requirement of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) and recognition of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AQIS).
As an Architecture student, you may, if you choose, undertake a subject which would provide an individual practical placement with an approved Australian and/or international architectural practice. This experience provides the opportunity to prepare for transition from education to practice through professional practice skill development, to gain insights into skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary workplace ethics, and to observe comparative philosophies and practice cultures in all aspects of architectural practice. This experience encourages you to reflect on your future place and your potential contribution to the profession.
As an Engineering student, you would undertake 12 weeks of practical work experience in an engineering workplace or laboratory. This provides an opportunity to work with professional engineers and engineering associates, learn about real situations in engineering practice, and develop a direct understanding of how organisations operate, increasing knowledge, skills and awareness of the nature of the engineering profession.
As an Environment student, you would undertake a subject which includes a one week professional practice placement at a relevant organisation, a professional development workshop which includes identification and development of personal and employment-related skills, such as job and resume preparation and interview techniques. Other employment-related areas include equal opportunity, awareness of cultural differences, occupational health and safety, risk management, and performance evaluation.
You would be given the opportunity to experience fieldwork in our Environment fieldwork subjects. They are designed to give you unique field experiences ranging from one to five days. Fieldwork and hands-on experience is not only critical in helping to develop an understanding of your chosen area, but is also great fun.