Industrial Engineer

Industrial Engineer

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Industrial Engineer Skills Assessment

  • Are you a qualified Industrial Engineer?
  • Under 45 years of age?
  • Fluent in English and in good health?

Then emigrating to Australia may be an option for you! Continue reading to discover:

  • How to emigrate as an Industrial Engineer.
  • If you meet the qualifying critieria.
  • The process you must follow.


Introducing ANZSCO

ANZSCO is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations and its where we are going to start our emigration explanation.

ANZSCO publish the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List ( MLTSSL). This is the list of occupations that Australia needs to fill market labour gaps. In other words these featured occupations are the ones that Australia want to attract from abroad as they do not have enough Australians to fill all the vacancies.

It’s an exclusive club with just over 200 occupations currently listed on it. If yours is not one of these occupations then skilled independent skilled migration to Australia is not going to be an option for you.

The good news is that industrial engineers are on the MLTSSL!

This means industrial engineers are therefore in an eligible occupation. But… not all industrial engineers are the same and Australia want to ensure that as an industrial engineer from abroad you meet the same standards as Australian industrial engineers. Australia does this by assigning each occupation a code, a skill level and also an assessing authority. In short – don’t assume you qualify to work in Australia based only on your job title.


Let’s now go into more detail to ensure you meet the ANZSCO criteria.



The ANZSCO code assigned to industrial engineers is 233511. This code carries provides us with further details as to the criteria industrial engineers must meet in order to qualify to emigrate to Australia.


The first thing we look at is the group that industrial engineers fall under. In this case:


Major Group: 2 – Professionals | Sub-Major Group: 23 – Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals | Minor Group: 233 – Engineering Professionals | Unit Group: 2335 – Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers.


As you can see there are four groups showing how the code is made up – we are mostly interested in the code 233511 which is specific to industrial engineers.


Description of Role


This part of the ANZSCO criteria lays out a broad description of what an industrial engineer is supposed to be able to do:


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.


Required Skill Level


Industrial engineers must 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).




When an application for emigration is made, the candidate, in this case as a Social Worker must be able to demonstrate / prove that they can carry out the majority of the below tasks:


  • 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.
  • Directing the maintenance of plant buildings and equipment, and coordinating the requirements for new designs, surveys and maintenance schedules.


Important to Note


  1. Unless (and as your reading this it is pretty unlikely) you qualified in New Zealand or Australia your qualification means nothing at this stage.
  2. Registration or licensing is required – in other words you can’t just arrive in Australia and start working.
  3. The Australian emigration authorities will require that you get formally assessed to ensure that you meet all the qualifying criteria for skilled migration.


Job First?


Many people want to start their emigration by finding a job. This is understandable – the process of emigration seem less daunting when you’ve already secured a job.


Finding a job is not the place to start though.


Applying for jobs without first getting assessed means you’re applying to jobs as an ‘unqualified’ applicant who is not licensed in Australia to carry out the role you’re applying for.


This does not make you a very attractive proposition to any Australian employer.


The golden rule? Start your emigration by getting your qualification assessed.