How much is an engineering grad worth?

According to Australia’s most comprehensive engineering salary survey, compiled by APESMA, a starting graduate can expect to earn almost $60,000 on average. APESMA’s Director of Surveys, Domenic Angerame, said while the median graduate engineer earned $59,835, there were great variations depending on your industry and engineering discipline. “This year’s survey showed that electrical engineering grads…

APESMA welcomes $45m patch for Victorian roads

APESMA has welcomed a $45 million patch to road maintenance in Victoria, after publicly condemning the Baillieu government cuts that slashed maintenance operations earlier this year. “Roads engineers have been saying to government for years that there is desperate need for greater investment in road maintenance – to ensure the safety of the network and…

Grand prix fans at risk because of damaged roads

APESMA has joined motorcyclists saying that grand prix fans will be at risk traveling on damaged roads to Phillip Island this weekend. Riders familiar with the roads of South Gippsland say they are in poor condition, including the Bass Highway to Melbourne, with many rough patches that are dangerous to motorbike riders. VicRoads spokesman Travers…

APESMA welcomes exoneration of Wivenhoe engineers

APESMA has welcomed Seqwater’s recent statement supporting the engineers involved in managing the Wivenhoe Dam during the 2011 floods in Brisbane and Ipswich. APESMA CEO Chris Walton welcomed Seqwater's statement, saying that it was another important step forward for the engineers who had operated with the highest levels of professionalism throughout the event and during…

Pay inequity needs fixing

The gender pay gap in male-oriented sectors such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics needs to be addressed to increase female participation from 10% and overcome the skills shortage. Marking National Equal Pay Day, Chris Walton CEO of APESMA said fixing pay inequity was an important way to encourage more young women into engineering and…

Queensland budget threatens capacity

With the Queensland Budget due tomorrow, APESMA has been actively lobbying on the impact of cutting public sector engineering, science and management jobs. Michelle Rae, Queensland Director of APESMA said she wanted  to make it very clear that cuts to engineering capacity have a direct impact on the community. “With fewer technical professionals bridges and…