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Industry profile – Electronics and advanced manufacturing


In our industry profile series, we ask South Australian industry leaders to share their knowledge and views about their sector.

Our first profile is with Dr Ronald Grill (BSc MSc PhD), Managing Director of Technology Management Pty Ltd/Information and Communication Officer, Electronics Industry Development Adelaide Inc.

Sector: Advanced manufacturing, electronics design and manufacturing industry, including defence applications

What disciplines are in demand in your sectors? 
Electronic engineering, mechatronics, physics, computer science, software engineering

Discipline level: Graduates and postgraduates in the above fields. Positions are also available for holders of Associate Degrees or Advanced Diplomas in electronic engineering. Unskilled applicants can be trained on-the-job for product assembly, test and production machine operation.

What excites you about advanced manufacturing, the electronics industry and the defence sector in South Australia?

The incorporation of controlled intellectual property in the design, in the manufacturing processes and in the products of the high technology electronics industry that provide superior returns and allows significant investment by companies in further research and development.

How do you think the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for SA will support your sector?

Embedding students in industry during their training years provides them with an understanding of how industry works. This combines with their training which achieves an understanding of why systems work. Students with meaningful work experience are generally preferred by electronics industry employers.

What advice would you give to someone studying for a career in electronics?

Ensure that you select the appropriate secondary school subjects, including physical science and mathematics.

What’s your favourite thing about South Australia?

The collaborative interconnection between companies in the electronics industry and the consequently low level of firm-to-firm competition.

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$24 million in scholarships announced for South Australians to re-skill

Today Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham has announced details of the $24 million scheme that will fund 1200 scholarships for study, training and internships in areas such as the defence industry, advanced manufacturing and health.


“There’s a range of industries across our state where people may be interested in pursuing job opportunities but don’t necessarily have the right skills. These 1200 scholarships will back students doing the study, training and internships in South Australia that they need to take advantage of areas like defence industry, advanced manufacturing and health services.


The scholarships will support students at any level from a Certificate III through to a PhD in areas that will lead to employment in South Australia’s growth sectors. The scholarships include a component of work based learning, helping to ensure students are truly job ready when they complete their qualification.


“These scholarships will help South Australians to up-skill or, in some cases, to re-skill,” Minister Birmingham said.


The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia will offer scholarships to students participating in an approved program of study in one of the following priority industries in the state:

  • Defence Industry (including naval shipbuilding)
  • Advanced manufacturing, health services and medical research, wine and food, resources and energy, tourism and hospitality. Applications will also be accepted from students who intend to study in a field that is relevant to, and are currently employed by, businesses with innovative practices that result in economic growth.
  • South Australian State-based skills needs. Any occupation listed on the Australian Government Department of Employment’s Skills Shortage List for South Australia will be eligible.

Students must be living in South Australia for the duration of the scholarship and intend to accept employment in South Australia at the end of their studies or training.


The program will be delivered by Scope Global, which is headquartered in Adelaide.


More information about the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia, including eligibility criteria, can be found in the Program Guidelines and applications close on 25 October 2017.


Read the full media release.