Department of Engineering student experience

The Department of Engineering prides itself on its supportive, industry-engaged learning environment.

Our students benefit from experiential learning in engineering practice including Work Integrated Learning, industry projects and regular contact with industry leaders.

Diversity and inclusion

At La Trobe University, we have a longstanding commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice; our students are amongst the most diverse of all Australian universities, and we are committed to providing a learning environment and workplace where all students and staff feel valued, respected and supported to achieve their full potential.

We care about building a connected community that actively champions diversity and inclusion to help people thrive. We achieve this by supporting our people, valuing diverse thinking as a key driver of innovation, and holding ourselves to account in delivering a culture where equity is a way of life.

La Trobe is committed to promoting equal opportunities and support for all students and staff, with a focus on six key pillars: cultural, disability, gender equality, indigenous, LGBTIQA and life stages.

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Student support

We support our students to have an excellent experience, stay motivated and inspired, and get the necessary industry experience critical to their future careers in engineering.

We listen to our students to ensure their experience meets their needs, and prepares them for life and a good career. We have an anonymous student feedback system and student representatives who are active members of the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences’ Executive Board.

Our course offerings, together with our strong Work Integrated Learning program, positions our students to get the experience they need to join the engineering workforce following graduation.

Student associations and extensive support services also optimise success and the overall student experience. Find out more.

Work Integrated Learning

Our Work Integrated Learning program is sector-leading and embedded in our engineering degrees. Students undertake a six-month placement with a company, learning on the job while simultaneously completing a capstone project.

We partner closely with industry, training a future engineering workforce in a range of areas including manufacturing, defence, food, agriculture and water, and on iconic projects such as Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel. Watch our 2018 and 2019 Engineering and IT Showcases to learn more about our student projects.

Our program provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain experience by working in a genuine industry setting, among professional peers and under the guidance of current industry leaders.

Placement within the industry allows students to extend their skills with real work, and apply their theory and knowledge to benefit the community. They also experience the realities of professional engineering work including ethics, requirements, imperatives and the business context.

Read what our students say about their Work Integrated Learning experience. Hear from a student on their Work Integrated Learning experience in Bendigo.

Global experiences

The Department of Engineering offers students opportunities to become globally connected, growing engineering science and scholarship through academic exchanges.

We have several international academic and industry partnerships through course articulations, student exchange and research projects that offer our students deeper engagement with and understanding of global issues.

We offer an international Work Integrated Learning program and study tour to destinations all over the world. Some of these trips are sponsored by New Colombo Plan grants or partially sponsored by the international host institute.

Find out more about what our students say about their global experiences, including working on autonomous vehicles and Industry 4.0.