About Young Engineers Australia
Young Engineers Australia (YEA) is currently the single largest sub group within Engineers Australia, with a membership base comprising over 40,000 young engineers. The group has now been established for over 25 years, with with local committees on most of Engineer's Australia's divisions.
A young engineer is considered to be any member of Engineers Australia that is currently completing or has completed a tertiary (university or TAFE) engineering qualification, and is between the ages of 18 and 35.
To be an influential voice in our profession and the leader among young professional bodies.
YEA exists to represent, support and provide a voice for the young engineering team. Through a culture of innovation, integrity, and the pursuit of excellence, YEA facilitates the professional and personal development of our membership. This establishes engineers as highly respected members of the community.
Benefits for members
YEA groups Australia-wide provide a range of programs and services that enhance the value of membership for young engineers.
- Professional and personal development presentations, workshops and seminars.
- Generational exchange activities (senior professionals networking with young engineers).
- Joint technical presentations with groups within Engineers Australia and other professional associations.
- Networking and social events.
- Regional events/ programs.
- Young Engineers Australia National Summit - YEA's major event, providing young engineers with unique professional development and networking opportunities.
- Opportunities for young engineers to have a voice in their professional association.
- Opportunity to benefit from the YEA connections with other young professional groups in Australia and overseas.
History of YEA
Young Engineers Australia had its beginnings in 1987 under the leadership of Murray Purkiss. A national network of young members within Engineers Australia was set up with the aim of increasing student and graduate involvement in the organisation's activities.
A task force on Young Engineers was convened in late 1987 and concluded that Engineers Australia's membership was aging and that immediate and ongoing efforts were needed to recruit more young members.
To coordinate this recruitment and to ensure the provision of better, more relevant Engineers Australia services to young members all over Australia, the National Young Engineers Australia Standing Committee was established. Its first meeting was in February 1988 at the Bicentennial Engineering Conference in Sydney.
Today, young engineers represent over 50% of Engineers Australia's membership. YEA has developed their own strategy in line with that of Engineers Australia's to meet the growing needs of these members.
With new programs, the continuation of successful initiatives from "2005: The Year of the Young Engineer" and relationships rapidly developing with other associations both locally and overseas, YEA is really showing its commitment to enhancing the value of membership for young engineers.
- 2005 Sydney
- 2006 Canberra
- 2008 Perth
- 2010 Brisbane
Young Engineers Australia Awards
Each year Engineers Australia, in partnership with YEA, presents three national awards for young engineers:
- Young Professional Engineer of the Year
- Young Engineering Technologist of the Year
- Young Engineering Associate of the Year
About the Awards
These are both Division and overarching national awards. National nominations may only come from the winners of the equivalent state and territory awards made by divisions in concert with Young Engineers Australia (YEA) unit.
The awards apply to practising engineers under the age of 35. They seek to acknowledge and reward young professional engineers and young engineering technologists and officers who have:
- realised competence and significant achievement in community affairs;
- a demonstrated understanding of the role and purpose of the engineering profession in society;
- proficiency in the use of communication skills in engineering projects;
- effective communication with public media.
Each Division of Engineers Australia, in partnership with the local YEA group may run its own competitions to nominate a single finalist from each occupational category for the national award.
The awards are presented at state and territory levels by the divisions of Engineers Australia. Winners go on to vie for the national title. The national winner is announced at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA), which is usually held in Canberra during November.
For full details about the awards available in your area and how to enter, please visit the Awards section.
YEA National Committee
Ryan Eales MIEAust CPEng NER
John Smith GradIEAust