Engineering professionals in a range of occupations may be eligible for a skilled visa to Australia. These include professional engineers in the areas of chemical and materials, civil engineering, electrical, electronics, industrial, mechanical, production and mining engineering. Engineering technologists, associates (including in building, electrical, mechanical and telecommunications) and managers may also qualify for a skilled visa.

In this article, we outline the skilled visas options that are available to applicants who have the requisite skills in the engineering occupations. You may also like to refer to our earlier article in this series, where we provide more information on the various skilled visa options, including their features and requirements.

Before we commence our analysis, we make an important point about skill assessments, which may be required to qualify for a skilled visa. A specific skill assessing authority is prescribed to conduct skill assessments for each nominated occupation. In some cases, more than one assessment body is prescribed. The Institution of Engineers Australia (Engineers Australia) is responsible for conducting skills assessments for the majority of engineering occupations that will be discussed in this article. Skill assessing bodies that are prescribed for the remaining engineering occupations are listed below:

In our discussion below, we identify the prescribed skill assessing body for each occupation and, being the most widely used assessment body for this purpose, we provide further information about Engineers Australia requirements later in this article.

Which engineering occupations may qualify for an Australia skilled visa?

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classifies all occupations for migration purposes. ANZSCO sets out a general description, skill level, registration and/or licensing requirements and tasks and duties that apply to each occupation.

There are several ANZSCO occupational categories for engineers (classified as minor groups) that are relevant for skilled migration purposes, comprising:

  • Construction, Distribution and Production Managers (minor group 133);
  • Air and Marine Transport Professionals (minor group 231);
  • Engineering Professionals (minor group 233);
  • ICT Network and Support Professionals (minor group 263);
  • Building and Engineering Technicians (minor group 312);
  • ICT and telecommunications technicians (minor group 313); and
  • Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers (minor group 323).

Each minor category contains unit groups of occupations, which are then broken down further into a listing of specific occupations. Each occupation is assigned an ANZSCO code. To be eligible for a skilled visa, your occupation must be included on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) (as identified by its ANZCO code) which applies to the relevant skilled visa for which you seek to apply. 

In our discussion, we will look at each of the minor groups listed above. We then delve into the unit groups that make up each minor group, before arriving at the most important aspect, being the specific occupations, which may be nominated for a skilled visa to Australia.

ANZSCO Minor Group 133 – Construction, Distribution and Production Managers

We begin our analysis with ANZSCO minor group 133 for Construction, Distribution and Production Managers.

ANZSCO General Description: Construction, Distribution and Production Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate building and construction, engineering, importing, exporting and wholesaling, manufacturing, production, supply and distribution activities within organisations.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks include:

  • identifying business opportunities, and developing and implementing business plans and marketing, operating, human resource, pricing and credit policies and procedures;
  • establishing project schedules and budgets;
  • coordinating labour resources and procurement and delivery of materials, plant and equipment;
  • negotiating contracts with suppliers and customers to meet resource, cost and quality requirements;
  • monitoring costs and work progress and performance, and adjusting processes and resources to ensure goals are met; and
  • directing the preparation of production records and reports.

The 133 minor group comprises several unit groups, with the relevant unit group for engineers being 1332 Engineering Managers.

We now turn our attention to the specific engineering manager occupation, the sole occupation in this unit group which may be nominated for a skilled visa to Australia.

ANZSCO General Description: Engineering Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the engineering and technical operations of organisations.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks include:

  • determining, implementing and monitoring engineering strategies, policies and plans;
  • interpreting plans, drawings and specifications, and providing advice on engineering methods and procedures to achieve construction and production requirements;
  • establishing project schedules and budgets;
  • ensuring conformity with specifications and plans, and with laws, regulations and safety standards;
  • ensuring engineering standards of quality, cost, safety, timeliness and performance are observed;
  • overseeing maintenance requirements to optimise efficiency;
  • liaising with marketing, research and manufacturing managers regarding engineering aspects of new construction and product design; and
  • may contribute to research and development projects.

Skill assessing authority: Engineers Australia and AIM

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of the occupation in the Engineering Manager ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Engineering Manager

133211

Plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates the engineering and technical operations of an organisation.

ANZSCO Minor Group 231 – Air and Marine Transport Professionals

The ANZSCO minor group 231 for Air and Marine Transport Professionals includes one relevant unit group for engineers, namely, 2312 Marine Transport Professionals.

UNIT GROUP 2312 – MARINE TRANSPORT PROFESSIONALS

ANZSCO General Description: Controls and manages the operation and maintenance of a ship’s plant and equipment. Registration or licensing is required.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks include:

  • directing fishing operations by using knowledge about the species sought, fishing areas, seasons and the capabilities of the vessel and crew
  • directing crew in catching fish, molluscs and crustacea at varying depths using nets, lines, poles, pots and traps
  • planning, controlling and coordinating the operational and maintenance requirements of a ship’s propulsion and domestic plant and equipment
  • operating plant and equipment and performing routine maintenance on ship’s systems including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, steam generating, and fire prevention and control systems
  • controlling and directing shipping operations to ensure the safe and efficient loading and transport of cargo and passengers
  • ensuring compliance with regulations pertaining to safety at sea and protection of the marine environment
  • directing the activities of the deck crew for navigational support tasks, berthing and unberthing, maintenance, cleaning and painting of superstructures, and repair and replacement of defective deck gear and equipment
  • navigating a ship by supervising the ship’s course and speed according to predetermined passage plans and safety procedures
  • examining and approving design plans of hulls and equipment such as main propulsion engines, auxiliary boilers and turbines, electrical power generating plant, refrigeration and air conditioning plant and pumping systems
  • conducting periodic surveys throughout a ship’s life to ensure standards are maintained

Skill assessing authority: Engineers Australia and VETASSESS

Skilled Occupation List: Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) ROL List.

Skilled Visa options:

  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa

A description of the relevant occupation in the Marine Transport Professionals ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Ship’s Engineer

Alternative Title:

Marine Engineer

231212

Controls and manages the operation and maintenance of a ship’s plant and equipment. Registration or licensing is required.

ANZSCO Minor Group 233 – Engineering Professionals

Next we look at the ANZSCO minor group 233 for Engineering Professionals.

ANZSCO General Description: Engineering Professionals design, plan and organise the testing, construction, installation and maintenance of structures, machines and their components, and production systems and plants, and plan production schedules and work procedures to ensure engineering projects are undertaken efficiently and in a cost effective manner.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks include:

  • planning and designing chemical process systems, civil engineering projects, electrical power equipment and facilities, electronic components used in computer and industrial applications, mechanical equipment and systems, mining and drilling operations, and other engineering projects;
  • drafting and interpreting specifications, drawings and plans, and determining construction methods;
  • supervising the construction of structures, water and gas supply and transportation systems, and the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment, machines and plant;
  • organising and managing project labour and the delivery of materials, plant and equipment;
  • estimating total costs and preparing detailed cost plans and estimates as tools for budgetary control; and
  • resolving design and operational problems in the various fields of engineering through the application of engineering technology.

Skill assessing authority: Engineers Australia for all occupations in this minor group, with the exception of Quantity Surveyor (ANZSCO 233213), for which the prescribed skill assessing body is AIQS.

The ANZSCO minor group 233 comprises the following unit groups:

  • Unit Group 2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers
  • Unit Group 2332 Civil Engineering Professionals
  • Unit Group 2333 Electrical Engineers
  • Unit Group 2334 Electronics Engineers
  • Unit Group 2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
  • Unit Group 2336 Mining Engineers
  • Unit Group 2339 Other Engineering Professionals

Next, we discuss the specific engineering occupations that may be nominated in each of the above unit groups.

UNIT GROUP 2331 – CHEMICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERS

There are two occupations included in the Chemical and Materials Engineers ANZSCO unit group, which share the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Chemical and Materials Engineers design and prepare specifications for chemical process systems and the construction and operation of commercial-scale chemical plants, supervise industrial processing and fabrication of products undergoing physical and chemical change, and investigate the properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials and assess and develop their engineering and commercial applications.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • preparing designs for chemical process systems and planning control systems for processes such as those used to remove and separate components, effect chemical changes, test and evaluate fuels, transfer heat, and control the storing and handling of solids, liquids and gases;
  • monitoring the operation and maintenance of equipment to achieve maximum efficiency under safe operating conditions;
  • ensuring correct materials and equipment are used and that they conform to specifications;
  • diagnosing malfunctions in chemical plants and instituting remedial action;
  • studying product utilisation and pollution control problems;
  • reviewing plans for new products and submitting material selection recommendations in accordance with design specifications and factors such as strength, weight and cost;
  • planning and implementing laboratory operations to develop new materials and fabrication procedures for new materials to fulfil production cost and performance standards;
  • conferring with producers of materials, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, cements and elastomers, during the investigation and evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications; and
  • reviewing product failure data and implementing laboratory tests to establish or reject possible causes and advising on ways to overcome any problems.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Chemical and Materials Engineers ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Chemical Engineer

233111

Designs and prepares specifications for chemical process systems and the construction and operation of commercial-scale chemical plants and supervises industrial processing and fabrication of products undergoing physical and chemical changes.

Materials Engineer

233112

Investigates the properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials and assesses and develops their engineering and commercial applications.

UNIT GROUP 2332 – CIVIL ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS

There are several occupations included in the Civil Engineering Professionals ANZSCO unit group, with the following common elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Civil Engineering Professionals design, plan, organise and oversee the construction of civil engineering projects such as dams, bridges, pipelines, gas and water supply schemes, sewerage systems, roads, airports and other structures; analyse the likely behaviour of soil and rock when placed under pressure by proposed structures and design structural foundations; analyse the statical properties of all types of structures and test the behaviour and durability of materials used in their construction; plan and develop transportation systems; and estimate and monitor the construction costs of projects.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree xaor higher qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • determining construction methods, materials and quality standards, and drafting and interpreting specifications, drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures;
  • organising and directing site labour and the delivery of construction materials, plant and equipment, and establishing detailed programs for the coordination of site activities;
  • obtaining soil and rock samples at different depths across sites and testing samples to determine strength, compressibility and other factors that affect the behaviour of soil and rock when a structure is imposed and determining the safe loading for the soil;
  • studying architectural and engineering drawings and specifications to estimate total costs, and preparing detailed cost plans and estimates as tools to assist in budgetary control;
  • monitoring changes to designs, assessing effects on cost, and measuring, valuing and negotiating variations to designs;
  • analysing structural systems for both static and dynamic loads;
  • designing structures to ensure they do not collapse, bend, twist or vibrate in undesirable ways;
  • assessing present and future travel flow patterns taking into account population increase and needs change; and
  • designing the physical aspects of transportation systems such as highways, railroads, urban transit, air transportation, logistical supply systems and their terminals.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Civil Engineering Professionals ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Civil Engineer

233211

Plans, designs, organises and oversees the construction and operation of dams, bridges, pipelines, gas and water supply schemes, sewerage systems, airports and other civil engineering projects.

Geotechnical Engineer

233212

Plans, directs and conducts survey work to analyse the likely behaviour of soil and rock when placed under pressure by proposed structures, and designs above and below ground foundations.

Quantity Surveyor

Alternative Titles:

Building Economist

Construction Economist

233213

Estimates and monitors construction costs from the project feasibility stage, through tender preparation, to the construction period and beyond.

Structural Engineer

233214

Analyses the statical properties of all types of structures, tests the behaviour and durability of materials used in their construction, and designs and supervises the construction of all types of structures.

Transport Engineer

233215

Plans and develops transport systems to improve infrastructure efficiency and the cost effectiveness of moving people and freight.

UNIT GROUP 2333 – ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS

There is one occupation included in the Electrical Engineers ANZSCO unit group, with the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Electrical Engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment, machines and systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • planning and designing power stations and power generation equipment;
  • determining the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and other equipment;
  • developing products such as electric motors, components, equipment and appliances;
  • interpreting specifications, drawings, standards and regulations relating to electric power equipment and use;
  • organising and managing resources used in the supply of electrical components, machines, appliances and equipment;
  • establishing delivery and installation schedules for machines, switchgear, cables and fittings;
  • supervising the operation and maintenance of power stations, transmission and distribution systems and industrial plants;
  • designing and installing control and signalling equipment for road, rail and air traffic; and
  • may specialise in research in areas such as power generation and transmission systems, transformers, switchgear and electric motors, telemetry and control systems.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of the occupation in the Electrical Engineers ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Electrical Engineer

233311

Designs, develops and supervises the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment, machines and systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power.

UNIT GROUP 2334 – ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS

There is one occupation included in the Electronics Engineers ANZSCO unit group, with the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Electronics Engineers design, develop, adapt, install, test and maintain electronic components, circuits and systems used for computer systems, communication systems, entertainment, transport and other industrial applications.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • designing electronic components, circuits and systems used for computer, communication and control systems, and other industrial applications;
  • designing software, especially embedded software, to be used within such systems;
  • developing apparatus and procedures to test electronic components, circuits and systems;
  • supervising installation and commissioning of computer, communication and control systems, and ensuring proper control and protection methods;
  • establishing and monitoring performance and safety standards and procedures for operation, modification, maintenance and repair of such systems;
  • designing communications bearers based on wired, optical fibre and wireless communication media;
  • analysing communications traffic and level of service, and determining the type of installation, location, layout and transmission medium for communication systems; and
  • designing and developing signal processing algorithms and implementing these through appropriate choice of hardware and software.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of the occupation in the Electronics Engineer ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Electronics Engineer

233411

Designs, develops, adapts, installs, tests and maintains electronic components, circuits and systems used for computer systems, communication systems, entertainment, transport and other industrial applications.

UNIT GROUP 2335 – INDUSTRIAL, MECHANICAL AND PRODUCTION ENGINEERS

There are three occupations included in the Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers ANZSCO unit group, with the following common elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers design, organise and oversee the construction, operation and maintenance of mechanical and process plant and installations, establish programs for the coordination of manufacturing activities, and ensure usage of resources is cost effective.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • studying functional statements, organisational charts and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication;
  • establishing work measurement programs and analysing work samples to develop standards for labour utilisation;
  • analysing workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies;
  • designing mechanical equipment, machines, components, products for manufacture, and plant and systems for construction;
  • developing specifications for manufacture, and determining materials, equipment, piping, material flows, capacities and layout of plant and systems;
  • organising and managing project labour and the delivery of materials, plant and equipment;
  • establishing standards and policies for installation, modification, quality control, testing, inspection and maintenance according to engineering principles and safety regulations;
  • inspecting plant to ensure optimum performance is maintained; and
  • directing the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and coordinating the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Industrial Engineer

233511

Investigates and reviews the utilisation of personnel, facilities, equipment and materials, current operational processes and established practices, to recommend improvement in the efficiency of operations in a variety of commercial, industrial and production environments.

Mechanical Engineer

233512

Plans, designs, organises and oversees the assembly, erection, commissioning, operation and maintenance of mechanical and process plant and installations. Registration or licensing may be required.

Production or Plant Engineer

233513

Plans, directs and coordinates the design, construction, modification, continued performance and maintenance of equipment and machines in industrial plants, and the management and planning of manufacturing activities.

UNIT GROUP 2336 – MINING ENGINEERS

There are two occupations included in the Mining Engineers ANZSCO unit group, with the following common elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Mining Engineers plan and direct the engineering aspects of locating and extracting minerals, petroleum and natural gas from the earth.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • conducting preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits with prospectors, Geologists, Geophysicists, other mineral scientists and other engineers to determine the resources present, the feasibility of extracting the reserves, and the design and development of the extraction process;
  • preparing operation and project cost estimates and production schedules, and reporting progress, production and costs compared to budget;
  • determining the most suitable methods of ore extraction taking account of such factors as depth of overburden, and attitude and physical characteristics of deposits and surrounding strata;
  • preparing plans for tunnels and chambers, location and construction of mine shafts, layout of mine development and the application of appropriate mining techniques, often using computer modelling;
  • assessing the natural, technical, financial and safety risks associated with the phases of the project development, construction and operations;
  • determining the safety of processes, order of extraction and safety of mine walls, evaluating the risk of slippage and advising on the prevention of slippage and rock falls;
  • planning and coordinating the utilisation of labour and equipment consistent with efficiency targets, statutes, safety guidelines and environmental conditions;
  • planning and conducting research and providing advice on engineering operations for the exploration, location and extraction of petroleum and natural gas;
  • determining location for drilling;
  • deciding on types of derrick and equipment including seabed platforms; and
  • devising methods of controlling the flow of oil and gas from wells.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Mining Engineers ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)

233611

Plans and directs the engineering aspects of locating and extracting minerals from the earth.

Petroleum Engineer

233612

Plans and directs the engineering aspects of locating and extracting petroleum or natural gas from the earth. Registration or licensing may be required.

UNIT GROUP 2339 OTHER ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS

There are several occupations included in the Other Engineering Professionals ANZSCO unit group, with the following common elements:

ANZSCO General Description: This unit group covers Engineering Professionals not elsewhere classified. It includes Aeronautical Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, Biomedical Engineers, Engineering Technologists, Environmental Engineers and Naval Architects (Aus) / Marine Designers (NZ).

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks: There is no list of tasks for this occupational group listed in ANZSCO.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Other Engineering Professionals ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Aeronautical Engineer

233911

Performs and supervises engineering work concerned with the design, development, manufacture, maintenance and modification of aircraft for flight.

Agricultural Engineer

Alternative Title:

Natural Resources Engineer

233912

Performs and supervises engineering work related to the use and development of agricultural land, buildings, machines and equipment.

Biomedical Engineer

233913

Applies knowledge and methodology of physics, engineering, mathematics, computing, physical chemistry and materials science to problems in biology and the treatment and prevention of human disease.

Engineering Technologist

233914

Analyses and modifies new and existing engineering technologies and applies them in the testing and implementation of engineering projects.

Environmental Engineer

233915

Assesses the impact on air, water, soil and noise levels in the vicinity of engineering projects, plans and designs equipment and processes for the treatment and safe disposal of waste material, and assesses what may cause problems for the environment in the long-term.

Naval Architect (AUS) / Marine Designer (NZ)

233916

Designs and oversees the construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures. Registration or licensing may be required.

Engineering Professionals Nec*

233999

This occupation group covers Engineering Professionals not elsewhere classified.

* Occupations in this group include:

  • Acoustic Engineer
  • Mechatronics Engineer
  • Product Design Engineer

ANZSCO Minor Group 263 – ICT Network and Support Professionals

The ANZSCO minor group 263 for ICT Network and Support Professionals is classified as set out below.

ANZSCO General Description: ICT Network and Support Professionals research, analyse, plan, design, install, monitor and maintain ICT systems to support the business needs of organisations and individuals.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks include:

  • planning, designing, developing, configuring and commissioning networks and systems;
  • analysing, evaluating and monitoring network infrastructure to ensure networks are configured to operate at optimal performance;
  • troubleshooting and diagnosing network and system problems, and determining the most appropriate means of resolving problems and issues to improve system performance;
  • monitoring the overall performance of systems to assess the need for updates, upgrades, enhancements, preventive maintenance and new systems, and recommending options for upgrading and improving the performance of systems; and
  • scheduling and conducting quality audit inspections.

The 263 minor group comprises several unit groups, with the relevant unit group for engineers being 2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals.

There are two occupations included in the Telecommunications Engineering Professionals ANZSCO unit group, which share the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Telecommunications Engineering Professionals design, construct, install, service and support telecommunications equipment, systems and facilities.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks include:

  • planning, designing, building, configuring and commissioning telecommunications devices, networks and systems, such as voice, radio, two-way, data, microwave, satellite and digital data systems, and ensuring telecommunications systems interconnect with equipment from different manufacturers, service providers and users;
  • compiling engineering project proposals to define goals, identify scope, background and need, and ascertain cost of equipment, parts and services;
  • evaluating and procuring new products and services from vendors;
  • ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures in the provision of telecommunications systems;
  • selecting and developing new telecommunications sites by locating sites, filing documents, drawing up documents for approval, drafting construction drawings and following through to approval;
  • determining appropriate configurations of telecommunications hardware and software, ensuring desired performance of telecommunications equipment;
  • preparing and interpreting specifications, drawings and regulations for the use of telecommunications equipment;
  • determining the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and equipment;
  • identifying and analysing problems and needs of existing telecommunications systems, such as interference, intelligibility and clarity, to determine the most appropriate means of reducing, eliminating and avoiding current and future problems and improve communications;
  • monitoring telecommunications systems to assess need for updates, upgrades, enhancements, preventive maintenance and new systems; and
  • assessing performance levels of system hardware and software to project future needs and developing short- and long-terms plans for updating equipment, adding capabilities, enhancing existing systems and providing improved telecommunications.

Skill assessing authority: Engineers Australia

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Telecommunications Engineering Professionals ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Telecommunications Engineer

263311

Designs and develops telecommunications systems, devices and products.

Telecommunications Network Engineer

Alternative Titles:

Communications Consultant

Communications Specialist (ICT)

Telecommunications Consultant

Telecommunications Specialist

263312

Plans, designs, and monitors complex telecommunications networks and associated broadcasting equipment.

ANZSCO Minor Group 312 – Building and Engineering Technicians

The following information is provided for ANZSCO minor group 312 for Building and Engineering Technicians.

ANZSCO General Description: Building and Engineering Technicians perform tests and provide technical support to Construction Managers, Architects and Engineering Professionals in research, design, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, distribution systems and installations, and resource estimation and site inspection.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks include:

  • preparing, interpreting, inspecting and revising drawings, plans, diagrams, designs, maps and charts;
  • performing complex computations and field and laboratory tests, and recording the results;
  • installing, testing, repairing and modifying electrical, electronic and mechanical equipment;
  • estimating quantities and costs of materials;
  • inspecting buildings, plumbing work, machines, equipment, working conditions and public places to ensure compliance with relevant laws, standards and regulations;
  • planning, scheduling, coordinating and monitoring maintenance of plant equipment;
  • testing materials; and
  • overseeing the safety of mining operations and supervising Miners.

The 312 minor group comprises several unit groups, with the following relevant to engineers.

  • Unit Group 3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • Unit Group 3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • Unit Group 3124 Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • Unit Group 3125 Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
  • Unit Group 3129 Other Building and Engineering Technicians

Next, we discuss the specific engineering occupations in this minor group that may be nominated for a skilled visa to Australia.

UNIT GROUP 3122 – CIVIL ENGINEERING DRAFTSPERSONS AND TECHNICIANS

There are two occupations included in the Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians ANZSCO unit group, which share the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in civil engineering research, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • preparing sketches, charts, tabulations, plans and designs for civil engineering works such as drainage, water supply, sewerage reticulation systems, roads, airports, dams, bridges and other structures;
  • performing and directing fieldwork and laboratory testing;
  • interpreting work assignment instructions, applying appropriate procedures and selecting equipment;
  • collecting and analysing data, and carrying out computations;
  • estimating material costs and ensuring finished works are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions;
  • inspecting civil engineering works, and organising and supervising maintenance and repair work; and
  • conducting field and laboratory tests of construction materials and soils and collecting data for traffic surveys.

Skill assessing authority: Engineers Australia and VETASSESS are each prescribed for the occupation of Civil Engineering Draftsperson (ANZSCO 312211).

For the occupation of Civil Engineering Technician (ANZSCO 312212), the prescribed authority is VETASSESS.

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Civil Engineering Draftsperson

312211

Prepares detailed drawings and plans for civil engineering work in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

Civil Engineering Technician

312212

Conducts tests of construction materials, prepares sketches and tabulations, and assists in estimating costs in support of Civil Engineering Professionals and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

UNIT GROUP 3123 – ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DRAFTSPERSONS AND TECHNICIANS

There are two occupations included in the Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians ANZSCO unit group, which share the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electrical engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • preparing drawings, plans and diagrams of electrical installations and circuitry;
  • assisting Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in design and layout of electrical installations and circuitry on substations, switchgear, cabling systems and motor control systems;
  • collecting data, performing tests and complex calculations, graphing results, and preparing charts and tabulations;
  • estimating materials costs and quantities;
  • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications and regulations;
  • assembling, installing, testing, calibrating, modifying and repairing electrical equipment and installations to conform with regulations and safety requirements;
  • undertaking electrical workshop functions such as installing assemblies for protection relays, metering and indicating devices; and
  • assisting with research and experimentation programs.

Skill assessing authority: For the occupation of Electrical Engineering Draftsperson (ANZSCO 312311), the prescribed authority is Engineers Australia.

TRA is the assessing body prescribed for the occupation of Electrical Engineering Technician (ANZSCO 312312).

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each occupation in the Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Electrical Engineering Draftsperson

312311

Prepares detailed drawings and plans of electrical installations and circuitry in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

Electrical Engineering Technician

Alternative Title:

Electrical Engineering Technical Officer

312312

Conducts tests of electrical systems, prepares charts and tabulations, and assists in estimating costs in support of Electrical Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

UNIT GROUP 3124 – ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING DRAFTSPERSONS AND TECHNICIANS

There are two occupations included in the Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians ANZSCO unit group, which share the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in electronic engineering research, design, manufacture, assembly, construction, operation and maintenance of equipment, facilities and distribution systems.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • preparing drawings, plans and diagrams for electronic engineering work;
  • developing, constructing and testing electronic equipment and associated circuitry in accordance with technical manuals and instructions of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists;
  • performing tests, graphing results, preparing charts and tabulations;
  • estimating material costs and quantities;
  • evaluating performance of equipment;
  • inspecting designs and finished products for compliance with specifications, drawings, contracts and regulations; and
  • installing, testing, repairing and modifying electronic equipment.

Skill assessing authority: No skill assessing authority is prescribed for occupations in this unit group.

Skilled Occupation List: Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) ROL List.

Skilled Visa options:

  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa

A description of each occupation in the Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Electronic Engineering Draftsperson

312411

Prepares detailed drawings and plans of electronic engineering work in support of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

Electronic Engineering Technician

312412

Conducts tests of electronic systems, collects and analyses data, and assembles circuitry in support of Electronics Engineers and Engineering Technologists. Registration or licensing may be required.

UNIT GROUP 3125 – MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DRAFTSPERSONS AND TECHNICIANS

There are two occupations included in the Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians ANZSCO unit group, which share the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians assist in mechanical engineering research, design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance of machines, manufacturing equipment, mechanical installations and facilities.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks include:

  • preparing drawings, plans and designs for mechanical engineering work under the direction of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists;
  • assisting Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists in the design of mechanical equipment and plant;
  • selecting tools and equipment;
  • assembling and installing new and modified mechanical assemblies, components, machine tools and controls, and hydraulic power systems;
  • estimating material costs and quantities, and machine requirements;
  • performing and directing field and laboratory tests;
  • collecting and analysing data, carrying out complex computations and preparing diagrams;
  • organising and supervising inspection and maintenance of machines and plant; and
  • ensuring that designs and finished work are within specifications, regulations and contract provisions.

Skill assessing authority: For the occupation of Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson (ANZSCO 312511), the prescribed authority is Engineers Australia.

TRA is the assessing body prescribed for the occupation of Mechanical Engineering Technician (ANZSCO 312512).

A description of each occupation in the Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians ANZSCO unit group is listed below. Note that the SOL and skilled visa options are not the same for these two occupations.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Skilled Occupation List

Skilled Visa options

Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson

312511

Prepares detailed drawings and plans of mechanical engineering work in support of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

Regional Occupation List (ROL)

Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)

Training subclass 407 visa

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)*

Mechanical Engineering Technician

312512

Conducts tests of mechanical systems, collects and analyses data, and assembles and installs mechanical assemblies in support of Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Technologists.

Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa

Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)

Training subclass 407 visa

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Short Term Stream)**

* Subject to caveat: Regional only – Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia

** Subject to caveat: Low skilled tasks – Excludes positions that relate to mobile phone repairs.

UNIT GROUP 3129 – OTHER BUILDING AND ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS

There is one relevant occupation included in the Other Building and Engineering Technicians ANZSCO unit group, with the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: This unit group covers Building and Engineering Technicians not elsewhere classified.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include: There are no tasks listed for this unit group.

Skill assessing authority: Engineers Australia and VETASSESS

Skilled Occupation List: Regional Occupation List (ROL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)*

* Subject to caveats:
(1) Regional only – Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia
(2) Salary – Excludes positions that have nominated annual earnings of less than AUD $90,000

A description of the relevant occupation in the Other Building and Engineering Technicians ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Building and Engineering Technicians Nec*

312999

This occupation group covers Building and Engineering Technicians not elsewhere classified.

* Occupations in this group include:

  • Aircraft Detail Draftsperson
  • Aircraft Systems Technician (Air Force)
  • Airframe Technical Officer
  • Avionics Systems Technician (Air Force)
  • Biomedical Technician
  • Corrosion Technician
  • Mining Detail Draftsperson
  • Shipbuilding Draftsperson

ANZSCO Minor Group 313 – ICT and Telecommunications Technicians

The following ANZSCO data is provided for minor group 313 for ICT and Telecommunications Technicians.

ANZSCO General Description: ICT and Telecommunications Technicians provide support to the development and maintenance of computer infrastructure, web technology and telecommunications networks, and the diagnosis and resolution of technical problems.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2). At least three years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks include:

  • determining software and hardware requirements to provide solutions for problems;
  • responding to inquiries about software and hardware problems;
  • repairing and replacing peripheral equipment such as terminals, printers and modems;
  • installing and downloading appropriate software, and adapting existing programs to meet users’ requirements;
  • implementing computer networks, and ensuring efficient use of applications and equipment;
  • designing and maintaining websites;
  • installing and maintaining microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems;
  • configuring and integrating network and telecommunications technology with computer software, hardware, peripherals and operating systems; and
  • planning the development of customer access telecommunications network infrastructure.

The ANZSCO minor group 133 comprises two unit groups, with the relevant unit group for engineers being 3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists.

UNIT GROUP 3132 – TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNICAL SPECIALISTS

There are three relevant occupations included in the Telecommunications Technical Specialists ANZSCO unit group, which share the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Telecommunications Technical Specialists develop, monitor and carry out technical support functions for telecommunications networks and install computer equipment, computer systems and microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma (ANZSCO Skill Level 2). At least three years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks include:

  • installing, maintaining, repairing and diagnosing malfunctions of microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems
  • configuring and integrating network and telecommunications technology with computer software, hardware, desktops, peripherals, databases and operating systems
  • developing and recording logs of the details, locations and status of inventories, parts, equipment and instruments and maintaining the documentation of communication policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations, and quality standards
  • providing technical advice and information, and monitoring the performance of complex telecommunications networks and equipment
  • planning the development of customer access telecommunications network infrastructure
  • liaising with vendors, suppliers, service providers and external resources and monitoring contractual obligations and performance delivery
  • providing ongoing operational support in designing, optimising, troubleshooting, diagnosing, repairing and resolving of telecommunications network performance malfunctions, defects and faults.

Skill assessing authority: Engineers Australia

Skilled Occupation List: Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (Independent) subclass 189 visa
  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (Family Sponsored)
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Medium Term Stream)
  • Temporary Graduate subclass 485 visa (Graduate Work Stream)*

* Potential applicants may also qualify under the Post-Study Work Stream, which does not apply a Skilled Occupation List.

A description of each relevant occupation in the Telecommunications Technical Specialists ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Telecommunications Field Engineer

313212

Plans, designs, commissions and monitors complex telecommunications networks and associated equipment, provides technical advice and information, and identifies complex problems and initiates action to resolve them.

Telecommunications Network Planner

313213

Plans the development of customer access telecommunications network infrastructure.

Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist

313214

Carries out specialised design and support functions in telecommunications engineering including optimisation and performance monitoring of telecommunications networks, diagnosis and repair of faults, and the selection and installation of equipment.

ANZSCO Minor Group 323 – Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers

The ANZSCO minor group 323 for Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers is classified as follows.

ANZSCO General Description: Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers machine and prepare aircraft systems, metal parts, subassemblies and precision instruments.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks include:

  • forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machine tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal;
  • checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for fit;
  • fitting parts into machines using hand tools;
  • dismantling, repairing and replacing defective parts, and testing and reassembling aircraft.
  • assembling parts and subassemblies of precision implements, locks, timepieces and firearms;
  • testing circuits in electronic timepieces and manufactured articles; and
  • making and repairing tools, equipment and engineering patterns.

The ANZSCO minor group 323 comprises of several unit groups, with the following relevant unit groups for engineers:

  • 3231 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers; and
  • 3234 Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers.

UNIT GROUP 3231 – AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERS

There are three relevant occupations included in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers ANZSCO unit group, which share the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Aircraft Maintenance Engineers maintain and repair aircraft structures, and avionic and mechanical systems.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks include:

  • dismantling, inspecting, testing, repairing and reassembling aircraft engines, ancillary motors and engine accessories, electrical systems, and subassemblies of aircraft frames
  • installing electrical circuits and equipment
  • testing aircraft communication equipment, aircraft instrumentation and electronic systems using electronic testing equipment and specialised test apparatus
  • replacing and testing aircraft oxygen system components
  • assembling parts and subassemblies of aircraft frames
  • conducting routine pre-flight inspections of engines, aircraft frames and mechanical systems
  • maintaining records of action taken
  • may manufacture aircraft electrical, instrument and radio hardware components.

Skill assessing authority: TRA

Skilled Occupation List: Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)

Skilled Visa options:

  • Skilled (State Sponsored) subclass 190 visa
  • Skilled (Regional) subclass 489 visa (State or Territory Nominated)
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa
  • Training subclass 407 visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa (Short Term Stream)

A description of each relevant occupation in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

323111

Inspects, tests, aligns, repairs and installs aircraft electrical and avionic system components.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

323112

Inspects, tests, repairs and installs aircraft hydromechanical and flight system components and aircraft engines, subassemblies and components. Registration or licensing may be required.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)

323113

Inspects, dismantles and reassembles aircraft structures, and repairs and replaces components of aircraft frames. Works with both metal and carbon fibre composite materials. Registration or licensing may be required.

UNIT GROUP 3234 – TOOLMAKERS AND ENGINEERING PATTERNMAKERS

There is one relevant occupations included in the Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers ANZSCO unit group, with the following elements:

ANZSCO General Description: Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers make and repair tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances for machine tools and other production machinery, and construct full-size engineering, visual and experimental models and models for the manufacture of prototype developmental products.

ANZSCO Skill level: Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with an AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3). At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks include:

  • studying drawings and specifications to determine dimensions and tolerances of articles to be manufactured and models to be constructed
  • measuring and marking out metal stock and castings using various gauges
  • shaping metal and wood stock using machine tools
  • checking accuracy of manufactured articles and finished patterns to fine tolerances, using precision measuring instruments
  • testing and modifying manufactured articles
  • applying protective finishes to patterns and painting pattern sections to indicate method of assembly
  • assembling pattern sections and shaping work pieces to specified finish
  • pouring and spreading materials into moulds and over models of patterns, and building laminations of fibreglass cloth and plastic resin to fabricate patterns
  • repairing broken and damaged patterns and correcting patterns to compensate for defects in casting
  • constructing templates for layout and inspection

Skill assessing authority: TRA

Skilled Occupation List: Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) ROL List

Skilled Visa options:

  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 visa

A description of the relevant occupation in the Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers ANZSCO unit group is listed below.

ANZSCO Occupation

ANZSCO code

ANZSCO Description

Engineering Patternmaker

323411

Constructs full-size engineering models usually made out of timber, which are used in manufacturing to produce metal castings, copy models, vacuum form tooling and tooling for the automotive, aircraft or fibreglass industries.

Skill Assessments for Engineers

As noted in our discussion above, there are several prescribed skills assessing bodies for engineers, depending on the nominated occupation selected. For the remainder of our discussion, we provide further details about the skill assessment process and requirements for Engineers Australia, as it is the most widely used authority for this purpose. If you would like further information about the other skill assessing bodies, please contact us.

Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia recognises the following occupational categories in the engineering profession in Australia for migration purposes:

  • Professional Engineer
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Associate
  • Engineering Manager

Each Engineers Australia assessed occupation is classified under one of the above categories. Units and elements of competency are also specified for each of these occupational categories for skill assessment purposes.

There are five assessment pathways available, depending on your qualification and educational background. As a pre-requisite to apply, you must meet the minimum academic requirement of a 2-year Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in engineering following 12 years of schooling or equivalent.

Accredited qualifications

  1. Australian Qualification pathway – if your qualification is accredited by Engineers Australia;
  2. Washington Accord pathway – if qualification is from a country which is a full signatory to the Washington Accord;
  3. Sydney Accord pathway – if your qualification is from a country which is a full signatory to the Sydney Accord; or
  4. Dublin Accord pathway – if your qualification is from a country which is a full signatory to the Dublin Accord.

This assessment pathway is used to assess occupations in the Professional Engineers, Engineering Technologists and Engineering Associates categories.

Non-Accredited qualifications

  1. Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) pathway – if your qualification is either not accredited or it is from a non-Accord listed country. This assessment pathway is also required if you are applying in the occupation of Engineering Manager (ANZSCO 133211).

A minimum English language competency must also be demonstrated to meet assessment requirements for all Engineers Australia occupations. Exemptions apply in certain circumstances.

Skill assessment applications must be submitted online with all required documents to be attached (in the correct form).

Australia’s migrations laws are complex, and each case is different. There are also several terms which are defined in the migration provisions (and whose meanings may differ from their ordinary usage). We recommend that you seek professional advice if you are seeking to apply for a skilled visa to Australia, as being fully informed about the process and requirements that apply will give you the best chance of achieving a successful outcome on your application, and thus lessen the chance that it will be refused. A migration professional can help you to do this.

For up to date advice on the Australian visa options for engineers, book your confidential consultation with a migration agent in Adelaide. PAX Migration Australia is a leading immigration advice service based in Adelaide.

References/Links:

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

https://www.abs.gov.au/ANZSCO

ANZSCO Minor Group 133 – Construction, Distribution and Production Managers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/FED5941AE3B4E133CA257B950013103C?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 1332 – Engineering Managers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/AD2585427C08C166CA257B95001311B1?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 2312 – Marine Transport Professionals

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Product+Lookup/1220.0~2013,+Version+1.2~Chapter~UNIT+GROUP+2312+Marine+Transport+Professionals

ANZSCO Minor Group 233 – Engineering Professionals

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/E70A5F6F30030A20CA257B9D0009C46B?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 2331 – Chemical and Materials Engineers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/F18D37270689F781CA257B9D0009C46F?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 2332 – Civil Engineering Professionals

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/5D6F5EB5D406FBCACA257B9D0009C46C?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 2333 – Electrical Engineers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/F9C78D7738EBCFCFCA257B9D0009C472?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 2334 – Electronics Engineers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/A391EDF9883EE717CA257B9D0009C46D?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/5B767779E09CD6A3CA257B9D0009C471?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 2336 – Mining Engineers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/DE47924203E2300CCA257B9D0009C46E?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 2339 – Other Engineering Professionals

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/B90B223246D7D73DCA257B9D0009C470?opendocument

ANZSCO Minor Group 263 – ICT Network and Support Professionals

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/1ED0FA66C898973ACA257B9500131095?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 2633 – Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/569570B1AE0A46E5CA257B950013114E?opendocument

ANZSCO Minor Group 312 – Building and Engineering Technicians

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/42791C7A55494D66CA257B9500131084?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 3122 – Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/45F700CE8A48431CCA257B9500131085?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 3123 – Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/67CFD7358DFD24DACA257B95001310E6?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 3124 – Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Product+Lookup/1220.0~2013,+Version+1.2~Chapter~UNIT+GROUP+3124+Electronic+Engineering+Draftspersons+and+Technicians

ANZSCO Unit Group 3125 – Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Product+Lookup/6F0B969E8709D79FCA257B950013111F?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 3129 – Other Building and Engineering Technicians

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Product+Lookup/3819C8BF3C627164CA257B95001311BC?opendocument

ANZSCO Minor Group 313 – ICT and telecommunications technicians (minor group 313).

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/58C899F4CE97D232CA257B9500131164?opendocument

ANZSCO Unit Group 3132 – Telecommunications Technical Specialists

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/55C714FCBE173BF2CA257B9500131165?opendocument

ANZSCO Minor Group 323 – Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Product+Lookup/B5E02EC3DCF59B27CA257B9500131028?opendocument

ANZSCO Minor Group 3231 – Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Product+Lookup/07ADC0C42AEFF92DCA257B950013118F?opendocument

ANZSCO Minor Group 3234 – Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers

https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Product+Lookup/5F06748296B2BBAECA257B9500131029?opendocument

The Institution of Engineers Australia (Engineers Australia)

https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/

Engineers Australia – Migration Skills Assessment step-by-step guide

https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/For-Migrants/Migration-Skills-Assessment/MSA-StepByStep-Guide

Engineers Australia – Choosing your assessment pathway

https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/For-Migrants/Migration-Skills-Assessment/Choosing-Your-Pathway

Engineers Australia – Accreditation of Engineering Education Programs

https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/About-Us/Accreditation#AP2

International Engineering Alliance – Washington Accord

http://www.ieagreements.org/accords/washington/signatories/

International Engineering Alliance – Sydney Accord

http://www.ieagreements.org/accords/sydney/signatories/

International Engineering Alliance – Dublin Accord

http://www.ieagreements.org/accords/dublin/signatories/

Engineers Australia – MSA Booklet May 2019

https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/MSA%20Booklet%2020190528.pdf

The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)

https://www.aiqs.com.au/IMIS/AIQS_Website/Home.aspx?hkey=f53725f0-08c3-4217-b156-e8ba64a0c52e&WebsiteKey=28979776-1c14-4b3c-a806-02054cef0de4

Australian Institute of Management (AIM) / Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia New Zealand

https://managersandleaders.com.au/

The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)

https://www.aiqs.com.au/IMIS/AIQS_Website/Home.aspx?hkey=f53725f0-08c3-4217-b156-e8ba64a0c52e&WebsiteKey=28979776-1c14-4b3c-a806-02054cef0de4

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)

https://www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/

Vocational Education and Training Assessment Services (VETASSESS)

https://www.vetassess.com.au/