Publication Details

Robinson, D. A. & Gosbell, V. J. (2004). Issues affecting power engineering undergraduate education in Australia. Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 1 (3), 143-150.


Recent changes to the electric power industry through deregulation and restructuring have had a considerable effect on power engineering education internationally. A number of Australian universities have also noticed a decline in the number of students interested in power engineering subjects, leading to the fewer graduates with power engineering knowledge. With a reduction in graduates and a perception of an aging workforce a shortage of suitably qualified power engineers for industry may be imminent. This paper provides discussion on the current status of university power engineering education within Australia and includes results from a recent Australia-wide survey of the university and industry sectors of electric power engineering.