What is Engineering?

"From designing programs at a computer terminal, to overseeing maintenance operations for major structures like aircraft, ships, heavy earth moving equipment, mobile cranes and offshore oil platforms – there are many ways to be an engineer.

A great deal of engineering work is done with the aid of computers. This can range from design, testing, the control of systems, the direction of equipment and the analysis of the properties of materials.

Historically, mainstream engineering was divided into the four broad disciplines of chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, with several branches within each discipline covering an enormous range of fields." Souce Engineers Australia


What is Advanced Manufacturing?

There are many definitions of Advanced Manufacturing. However to provide scope for students to learn and explore a broad range of industries NAMIG uses the following definition:

  • The utilisation of enabling technologies, incorporating design and business process innovation to deliver high value-added processes and products in ways that are novel and competitive.

While C2C students will have the opportunity to visit NAMIG's industry partners and see examples of Advanced Manufacturing first hand, the following Powerpoint presentation has been produced to introduce the concept of Advanced Manufacturing to students in the classroom. This presentation is intended as a simple outline that teachers can build upon. Click to download So...what IS advanced manufacturing?


Real World Examples of Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Achievements

  • View advanced manufacturing in action at GM Holden's manufacturing plant in Elizabeth, South Australia. GM Holden's video "Steel To Road - The Building of the Holden Commodore" has been split into 6 bite-sized video clips and can be found at the foot of this page.
  • Article on the City of Salisbury's storm water treatment project
  • Powerpoint presentation showing German company, Manitowac's, telescopic crane The innovative design and mobility of the crane enables the company to win work where height and access is an issues, such as on wind turbines and city construction sites. Powerpoint (large document 4.2mb) GTK1100.ppt or PDF version GTK1100.pdf
  • Presentation on Innovations for Sustainable Living by Wasim Saman of the University of South Australia.
  • Powerpoint presentation on Biomimicry - developing sustainable tecnologies inspired by nature.
  • The Falkirk Wheel - a rotating boat lift located in Scotland, UK, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal (pdf document)
  • Space Shuttle Powerpoint presentation (large 3.72mb)

The power of hydraulics

This tower was specifically built to show off the physical power of the excavator. What ever the operator of this machine gets paid, it's not enough!


Would you feel a little nervous driving over this bridge?

The Millau Viaduct is part of the E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona and features the highest bridge piers ever constructed. The tallest  is 240 metres (787 feet) high and the overall height is an impressive 336 metres (1102 feet), making this the highest bridge in the world. It's taller than the Eiffel Tower. 

Interestingly, the Millau Viaduct is not straight. Why?

It's because a straight road could induce a floating sensation as you drive across it. So, a slight curve remedies that feeling. The curve is 20km in range. Moreover, the road has a light incline of 3% to improve the visibility and reassure the driver.

An amazing engineering feat!



Thought Starters

Looking for inspiration to promote creativity, then visit our Thought Starters page for a selection of links and short video clips.


Holden Steel To Road Video

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