Are there engineering opportunities in sporting infrastructure?

Posted by Design & Construct on 15-Dec-2015 07:20:25

Australia prides itself on success and achievements in the world of sport. With the country preparing to host major events in the next few years, Australians are preparing to take centre stage.

As the competition heats up in the engineering labour market, stadiums and constructing other venues could be key to employment opportunities. 

Engineering vacancies see stabilisation in October

Engineers Australia has released the most recent analysis of the Department of Labour job vacancy statistics, with signs that the trend of steady growth has tapered off. 

In October, there were a total of 2,359 vacancies for engineering roles, a slight increase from September 2014 figures. However, the numbers are still trailing behind the level of vacancies seen in the previous month by 0.9 per cent. 

Engineering vacancies stabilised in October.
Engineering vacancies stabilised in October.





Despite this flatter period, certain states faired better than others. Vacancies in NSW, the ACT and South Australia all saw an increase in October, with the latter state seeing a rise of 3.4 per cent. The organisation also stated that other areas could follow in the next few months. 

Opportunities open for Commonwealth Games infrastructure

The latest review of the planning process for the Commonwealth Games have shown positive progress towards the big event.

A grand total of 17 sporting facilities are in the pipeline, creating new opportunities for engineers to contribute their input into sporting history, as Queensland Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones explained. 

The Commonwealth Games will create 30,000 new jobs.

"GC2018 will be a once-in-lifetime event that will leave a lasting legacy for Queensland," she said.

"This review again highlights the strong collaboration between the Games organising committee and games delivery partners, who all share the same momentum, enthusiasm and commitment."

According to Ms Jones, the games will create 30,000 new jobs, including opportunities for engineering roles.

Stadium in Victoria on track for 2016 build 

The Commonwealth Games isn't the only focus. In Victoria, the long-awaited Eureka Stadium upgrade in Ballarat passed its final planning phase and construction is due to start in early 2016.

Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight stated that the project is a key priority for attracting businesses and hosting major local events. 

"We said we would get on with delivering this important project as soon as possible and we are keeping our word - that's why we're moving quickly to ensure the Bulldogs can host AFL games by 2017," she said.

If you think you have a sporting chance to add value to these type of projects, speak to the team at Design and Construct today.