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Degree qualified Engineer (mechanical/ automotive) can't find work. Help!

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Hi, I'm a degree qualified Engineer with 5 years experience in the heavy duty diesel industry working for Delphi. My roles were mainly development and test where I handled huge amounts of measurement data to find trends faults etc. I was also involved in designing and building the test rigs.

I can also machine and weld to a basic level, fabricate and design. Mechanics is also a hobby of mine so i'm pretty capable with most things with an engine. Spray painting and basic carpentry I can do too.

 

I like to think i'm a pretty useful bloke but I'm literally drawing blanks with everything!

I've applied to mining jobs, Cummins, boat services but still no joy.

 

If anyone out there knows someone or has some good advice I'm very eager to hear it.

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It is very tough on engineers at the moment due to the decline in mining. My own industry and engineers are suffering large amounts of unemployment at the moment

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Arrived here at the wrong time then!

How long have you been looking? It's very hard at the moment...

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Been here about a month now. I would actually be happy doing some handy man stuff on my own and a bit of buying and selling but I don't think I can on a 417. My partner has been offered sponsorship but that's a few months down the line yet!

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Been here about a month now. I would actually be happy doing some handy man stuff on my own and a bit of buying and selling but I don't think I can on a 417. My partner has been offered sponsorship but that's a few months down the line yet!

 

Your visa class is one of your major issues. Employers are not going to offer a permanent job to someone that can only work for them for 6 months.

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Yeah it's one of those situations where the only skilled jobs are permy / long term so they don't want to take me on even though they're the only ones with the ability to sponsor me (whether I need it or not) to stay. It's very annoying. I don't even mind being a temp if it was offered because I know they would want to keep me on

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Yeah it's one of those situations where the only skilled jobs are permy / long term so they don't want to take me on even though they're the only ones with the ability to sponsor me (whether I need it or not) to stay. It's very annoying. I don't even mind being a temp if it was offered because I know they would want to keep me on

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Given there are plenty of Ozzies looking for engineering work, it would raise eyebrows with immi if they were to sponsor you. Also, sponsorship costs several thousand and when there are local candidates....

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Yeah you're probably right about the sponsorship. I haven't registered with any temp agencies specifically, just agencies as I have applied to jobs. Can anyone recommend some good agencies?

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