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UNSW Co-op Scholarship Program

The Co-op Program
Career Opportunities
How to Apply
Important Dates

The Co-op Program in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

The Co-operative Scholarship Program is a partnership between UNSW and sponsoring companies. It combines the formal education of a full academic program in Electrical Engineering or Telecommunications with training provided through carefully planned industrial experience. Students spend approximately one-third of their total degree program working in industry.

The industry placements are organised with the participation of scholar representatives, taking account of scholars' preferences. On completion of a period of industrial training, scholars present seminars attended by colleagues, and industry and UNSW representatives. In addition to providing scholars with the opportunity to practice oral presentations, the seminars are a good opportunity to exchange views on industrial training. There are also functions at which scholars and sponsors have the opportunity to meet socially, and a program of industry visits to let scholars see the workings of sponsors' operations.

Scholars make a commitment to participate in the following co-operative educational program:

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5

Career Opportunities

A major part of the work of engineers concerns industrial productivity. The sponsorship offered to the Co-op Program reflects the needs in Australian industry for graduates who can provide technical know-how and leadership in projects and in management. Engineering graduates are in increasing demand where innovative solutions are needed and where rapid changes in technology are taking place.

Communication systems; satellite, microwave, optical
Broadcasting; television and radio
Solar energy conversion
Electric power generation and transmission
Computer networks
Microprocessors, instrumentation and consumer devices
Automatic control systems and robotics
Electronic and integrated circuits
Image processing systems
Electrical machines
Electromedical equipment

Additionally, engineers are sought after to complete examinations and assessments on behalf of financial or regulatory bodies of technical projects and technology-based commercial activities.

Through the Industrial Training component, Co-op scholars have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals to develop skills and experience in technical and general engineering management. All graduates find immediate employment. Those finishing between 1997-99 have found work with Alcatel, Alstom, Arthur Andersen Consulting, BAE Systems, Canon Information Systems Research, Cochlear, CiTech, Dancrai, Defence Department, Energy Australia, Jtec, Lake DSP, Macquarie Bank, Motorola, Pacific Power, Pacific Solar, Price Waterhouse and Telstra. By now, some have taken the opportunity to transfer overseas.

How To Apply and Important Dates

Prospective scholars must apply to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for admission to the BE in Electrical Engineering or Telecommunications courses in the normal way. In addition, a separate application must be lodged with the University for admission to the Co-op Program in Electrical Engineering. Application forms should be available from the careers advisers at all high schools, or may be obtained from the addresses below.
The normal requirements for admission to the BE in Electrical Engineering or BE in Telecommunications courses must be satisfied by Co-op scholars, as for any other entrant.

NOTE: Selection is based on an application and interview process. For Engineering, interviews will be held at the end of November. To be considered for a scholarship, students must be available for interview at this time. Alternative arrangements are not possible.

Co-op Applications Close: End September

Engineering Open Day: End November

Engineering Co-op Interviews: End November


The UNSW Co-op Program
The University Of New South Wales
Tel: (02) 9385 5116
Fax: (02) 9313 6774

Dr Iain Skinner
Co-op Program Co-ordinator
School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
The University of New South Wales
Tel: (02) 9385 4064
Fax: (02) 9385 5993





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