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  1. The DJing Engineer

    Any fellow Engineers in here?

    Hi, I'm currently a commissioning engineer for a large gas turbine OEM (supplying mainly oil & gas and energy sectors) and looking to find out more about the industry in Australia, in particular the best areas for my type of work, and what sort of salary I could expect? I have already realised employer sponsorship would be nigh-on impossible. Perth seems an obvious choice for the oil & gas jobs, and my own company have offices in both Melbourne and Sydney (so could be a possibility of employer sponsorship if I'm still working for them at the time) - add in the fact we are childless (and intend on being) and very social then we are very much looking for that "city life". I've had a quick look at visas and would both be looking at skilled visas (missus is in mental health nursing) as both our occupations are on the SOL (I believe I would be eligible for state sponsorship too) - I have 21 years experience in engineering in various roles, and I have a bachelor degree which I have confirmed is accredited. Only thing against me is my age (will be 40-44 when we intend on moving). I guess I could take one of the English proficiency tests if i needed the extra 10 points? Skill-wise, my degree is in Mechanical Engineering, as is my apprenticeship, but currently working in controls (PLCs) and electrical (instrumentation) with limited exposure to valves, compressors etc. Anyway, look forward to hearing the thoughts of any fellow professional engineers
  2. Hi guys, I have been thinking about this for a while and i was just wondering if there was/is anyone out here who might be able to provide some advise on what might be a good strategy. Background: Bachelors of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Masters of Electronic Engineering, MBA. I have worked 100% as an electrical engineer in the rail manufacture and coal mining industries. I have a total of about 5 years of work experience, mostly Design, Reliability and maintenance. I would like to make a shift to the Oil and Gas industry, but most of the jobs i see want experience in O&G already. I have toyed with taking some sort of short course in an oil and gas related field to give myself a leg up... This might be a long shot but does anyone have any suggestions as to what else i could do, or where i could look for a leg in the door? Cheers.
  3. I have occasionally been working on and off in Australia for the last 10 years, I am a freelance offshore supervisor(O&G) and nearly all of my work is carried out on offshore on vessels, I have never spent more than 100 days in Australia in any given year. My line of work is highly specialised and I am guessing there is only about 20 other people in the whole world with similar skills and experience still willing to go offshore and work. 90% of the jobs I do are less than 6 weeks duration(most are 5 week duration which is the standard length of an offshore swing for Aussie mariners). Originally for the first couple of years I was able to work on a 456 visa because of the specialist nature of the work and the short job durations, however for the last 2 years I have had to get a 457 visa and to get this I need to be sponsored by a company. The 457 however causes me great problems as the agency who sponsor the 457 do not have sufficient work for me to only work for them. I am often offered other work with other companies but have not be able to take it on as the whole visa issue cannot be sorted in a timely manner (lead in time for my projects is typically only about 2 weeks). Thee Agency has offered to subcontract me to these other companies so that the 457 can stay in place, however their mark-up is in the region of $500 per day(even though they claim this is a zero profit markup) and this makes it uneconomic for companies to then hire me. Is there any way I could hold my own 457 rater than be tied to a sponsor? I am 45 years old and operate my own UK Ltd company but fall well short of the turn over requirement to establish a branch office in Australia. I have no plans to permanently migrate to Australia. I don't mind paying tax either.
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