Monash University is offering a new Resources Engineering program designed to address the expansion of the renewable energy sector and meet the needs of the wider resource industry.
The undergraduate degrees offered include Renewable Energy Engineering, Oil and Gas Engineering, Geological Engineering, and Mining Engineering.
Associate professor and founding director of the program, Bre-Anne Sainsbury, said, “There are always going to be jobs in the resources sector, and our new program covers the full spectrum. We’re never going to stop needing minerals – for technology and almost everything we use every day.”
She added that although the use of renewable and alternative energy is growing, coal and hydrocarbon energy will still be required to meet energy demands.
The program involves partnerships with industry that will provide professional practicing engineers to further assist students.
Companies including MMG, Newcrest Mining, and CSIRO, as well as renewable energy companies, were involved in developing the content for the program.
Sainsbury went on to say, “It’s a new way of teaching, in that we’re embracing and including all engineering and STEM disciplines.”
“We’re delivering course content from each engineering department at Monash, and across several other faculties, dipping into their science and business expertise.”
Debra Stirling, chair of the Mining and Resources Advisory Board and former Newcrest Mining executive, said one of the main objectives of the program is give students the opportunity to foster professional networks and secure jobs before they graduate.
“We’re definitely giving the students a practical skill set so that they can hit the ground running,” she said.
“Essentially, we want to ensure they’re job ready, with a real understanding of operating in a global environment with multiple factors to consider. That’s what industry is looking for.”