Course Title: Develop an individual career plan for the engineering industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: OENG7310

Course Title: Develop an individual career plan for the engineering industry

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Co-ordinator: Leon Mattatia
Phone 9925 4668
Mark Burns (99254604);
Kah Soo (9925-4019)
Yadana Wai (9925-4461)
Fax: 9925 4377

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to research careers and training opportunities in the Manufacturing and Engineering Industry and develop an individual career path plan. This involves examining the range of activities the industry covers, the types of occupations that are available and the training pathways that can lead to those occupations.

Application of Unit:
This unit of competency is intended to apply to any recognised development program that leads to the acquisition of a formal award at AQF level 3 or higher.
The skills and knowledge described in this unit do not require a licence to practice in the workplace. However, practice in this unit is subject to regulations directly related to occupational health and safety and where applicable contracts of training such as apprenticeships and traineeships

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBN768 Develop an individual career plan for the engineering industry


Develop a career path plan.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The individual’s own skills and interests are assessed and described.
2.2 The training pathways for entering a suitable occupational area are identified.
2.3 A strategy for gaining access to a suitable occupational area is developed.


Gather information about the engineering and manufacturing industry.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The role, diversity and structure of the engineering and manufacturing industry are identified.
1.2 The major types of occupations within the industry are identified and described.
1.3 The major career paths available in the industry are identified and described.


Review plan.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Feedback on the career path plan is obtained from appropriate personnel.
3.2 The career path plan is amended as necessary.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and associated skills required: 
Evidence shall show that knowledge has been acquired in researching the industry and
developing an individual career path plan. The extent of the essential knowledge and skills
required is given below:
1. Major sectors of the industry
Fine Trades
Heavy Engineering
Production manufacturing
Maintenance & installation
Mineral Products
Plastics, Rubber, Cables
Textiles, Clothing & Footwear
2. Industry structure
Largest employer in Victoria
Predominantly small business
Located mainly in outer suburban Melbourne and
large regional centres
Mainly full time employment
3. Pathways to occupations
VET in schools
• traineeships
• apprenticeships
• diploma/advanced diploma
• apprenticeships
• production
• technicians
• paraprofessionals
• diploma/advanced diploma
• apprenticeships trades
• technicians
• para-professionals
• degrees
• professionals
4. Career path plan
Assessment of own skills and interests
Relevant pathways
Entry requirements for training
Appropriate subjects if still at school
Work experience/placement strategy

Details of Learning Activities

You will:

  • Research the engineering and manufacturing sectors in Australia
  • Research the specific industry that you wish to start your career in (both Nationally and at the State level)
  • Identify and describe the major occupations and career paths within your target industry
  • Assess and describe your own skills and interests
  • Identify your preferred entry occupational area (i.e. goal) and the training pathways for entering it
  • Develop a strategy for achieving your career entry goal
  • Obtain feedback from suitable people on your career path plan and update your plan (as needed).

The total number of scheduled hours of teaching, learning and assessment involved in this course includes face to face classes, lectures, workshops and seminars; workplace visits, online learning and other forms of structured teaching and learning. It also covers the amount of effort necessary to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, observation of work performance, discussions with supervisors and others persons and one on one and group assessment sessions with students.

Teaching Schedule

Session No (SN). Topic Content Delivery (Including Learning Activities);  [Performance Criteria] & Assessment task(s)
SN 1 World big picture issues, Interrelationships between issues, Australia’s big picture issues. [PC 1.1-1.3]
SN 2 Review of advanced search skills (Google advanced search). Research industry reviews of Engineering & manufacturing sectors at Australian and State levels. [PC 1.1-1.3]
SN 3 Review Australian Sector reports: National & State. Use spreadsheet template provided to specify target goal (job entry position and industry); develop draft strategy and action plan to achieve goal. List own skills, interests, etc on separate worksheet. [PC 2.1 & 2.3]
SN 4 Read and make own summary of National and State Engineering and Manufacturing sector reports (for test). [PC 1.1-1.3]

Identify and describe [PC :1.1-1.3]
• major types of occupations in target industry;
• major career paths in target industry
Continue completion of SS plan. [PC 2.1-2.3].

SN 5 Refine occupational strategy/action plan. [PC 1.1-1.3]
Identify and secure suitable persons to provide career plan feedback [PC 2.1-2.3; 3.1];  AT1 test (Element 1) 25%.
SN 6 Finalise career strategy and action plan. [PC 2.1-2.3]
Confirm suitable person(s) to provide career plan feedback. [PC 3.1]
SN 7 Finalise career strategy & action plan
Interview and obtain career plan feedback from appropriate person(s). Amend career plan (if needed). 2.1-2.3
SN 8 Obtain career plan feedback from appropriate persons. Amend career plan (if needed). 3.1-3.2
SN 9 Finalise career strategy & action plan (including final Career plan feedback and revisions).
SN 11 AT2 (75%) due: [Pt A: Career plan 60%; Pt B: Feedback and action 15%]

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts




Other Resources

Some notes and files will be provided. Remainder will be located on WWW.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task (AT) No.

AT1 – 25% Test on:
• Element 1 (National and State sector reports), plus

• the major types of occupations within your target industry are identified and described
• major career paths available in your target industry are identified and described
AT2 – 75%
Pt A: (Element 2) Career strategy and action plan, plus personal profile and work preferences (Excel workbook). Provide evidence of related search alerts, job notification searches plus jobs found (Word document) 60%
Pt B: (Element 3) Career Plan (CP) feedback from appropriate person(s) in Excel Workbook, plus Career Plan updates/changes. 15%

Assessment Matrix

As above.

Other Information

Other Information
Please note: while your teacher will cover all the material in the above schedule, the weekly teaching and assessment order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources.

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