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Talent List - This week's Selection from our global network of engineering skills

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Engineers; Engineering Technologists; Engineering Associates - All Industries BEng; Diploma; BTech - (all disciplines) Worldwide JSM Appointments invests a significant amount of time and effort on developing enduring professional relationships with current and potential engineering job applicants across the all disciplines, industries and job functions. The above list represents a small selection of the engineering talent in our global network. 15/Aug/2012 Submit Enquiry

Find Engineers


Your enquiry with JSM Appointments is the first step in opening up a new way to find engineers. With the right information we can kick start your engineering recruitment campaign with our current knowledge in terms of skills availability and engineering employment mobility relevant to your needs. In fact it may result in us immediately identifying potential candidates from our active skills network.


  • Access our active global network of skilled engineering professionals carefully categorised according to four main classifications that define an engineering career
  • Leverage off our ability to quickly assimilate your engineering recruitment needs.
  • When using JSM Appointments to search engineers you get the benefit of our extensive knowledge and experience of the skills and attributes associated with a successful engineering career.



Simply complete our online enquiry form and one of our consultants will contact you to discuss which engineering recruitment service will best serve your specific needs. Our free no obligation client consultation gives you the opportunity to find out who we are and what we offer.



In the meantime we invite you to consider your engineering employment needs against four main classifications that define the capabilities of individual engineering professionals. Detailed and accurate information about your engineering job will allow us to review our skills network and thoroughly prepare for our first briefing. Below is a summary of the elements that make up each classification.



Occupational category

- Which category will best suit the role. ENQUIRE NOW to find out how to increase the pool of available talent to fill your engineering vacancies.



In Australia and most other countries the Engineering Team is made up of three distinct occupational categories which are broadly defined by type qualification and the level of application that their knowledge and experiences is applied in industry. At JSM Appointments we use these occupational categories to enhance our success when we search engineers against your selection criteria.


The following table is intended as a guide to help better understand how engineering professionals fit into their respective categories. Elements that make up an engineering career are broad and diverse and we encourage you to visit the Engineers Australia web site or that of the institute relevant to your particular region.


 Occupational  Category  Typical Qualification  Professional  Accreditation  International  recognition  Some examples of  job titles
Professional Engineer BE or BEng EA* Member / Chartered status CPEng Washington Accord Engineer – Principal Engineer / Lead Engineer / Design Engineer / Project Manager / Engineering Manager
Engineering Technologist BTech, BEngTech or BEngSc EA* Engineering Technologist Member / CEngT Sydney Accord Engineering Technologist – Principal Engineering Technologist / Team Leader / Design Manager
Engineering Officer Diploma / Advanced Diploma EA* Engineering Officer Member / CEngO Dublin Accord Engineering Officer – Principal Engineering Officer / Engineering Designer / Engineering Drafter


Professional Engineer: According to Engineers Australia the Professional Engineer applies "advanced skills in the analysis and knowledge of science, engineering, technology, management and social responsibility to problem solving and synthesis in new and existing fields. This encompasses advanced design and research, development of systems and products, manufacturing and field engineering and, with further professional formation, in specialist practice or supervision and management." A Professional Engineer typically leads teams or works in them and often holds positions that require them "to make balanced judgements between design refinement, cost, risk and environmental impact."


Engineering Technologists: According to Engineers Australia "Engineering technologists apply skills in analysis and knowledge of scientific and technological principles, management and social responsibility to new and existing technologies in standard design, testing, inspection plant operation, manufacturing or field work and, with advanced expertise, adapt standard practices to particular applications and supervise and manage such work."


Engineering Officers (also referred to engineering technicians or engineering associates): According to Engineers Australia "Engineering Associates generally apply engineering principles and practices in support of, or to supplement, the work of professional engineers, technologists or other professional officers." Engineering associates are often "known as Technical Officers and prepare drawings and specifications that provide the details of design to those who manufacture or construct an item. Engineering Associates may also undertake design tasks under the supervision of senior technical officers or engineering professionals. A technical officer in electronics could, for example, be involved in writing computer programs or in aspects of designing electronic systems."


Some points to consider: A common mistake that employers make when selecting an appropriate level (occupational category) for a particular engineering job vacancy is that they tend to limit their options by specifying qualification and accreditation requirements higher than is required the type of role in question.


JSM Appointments’ knowledge of the engineering career can help you to find ways of increasing the pool of available engineering professionals to select from by introducing flexibility into the job description without compromising standards.


  • Before recruiting engineers consider the level of technical analysis likely to be applied by the incumbent. Perhaps the level of engineering required in the role can be competently done by a technologist or even an engineering officer?
  • Take into account level of responsibility and type of accountability when planning an engineering recruitment campaign. A senior engineering manager may require alternative qualifications, business acumen and leadership skills, but does he or she need to be a chartered professional engineer?
  • If necessary review your organisational structure to optimise use of available skills according to their occupational categories. This improves opportunity for succession planning and encourages self development (for example and engineering technologist can undertake studies to articulate to professional engineer level to become eligible for promotion). Significantly this also reduces the reliance on engineering recruitment in the future.
  • Regularity and legal requirements may restrict the extent to which you can open up particular roles to different occupational categories. Once again there may be opportunity to restructure so that only certain team members are required to have authority to sign-off on designs for instance.



The Engineering Discipline

- Optimising the selection criteria relating to engineering disciplines can increase the pool of talent available to fill your vacancies. ENQUIRE NOW


A candidate's engineering career is characterised by his/her particular branch of field of study. Broadly speaking engineering professionals can be divided into the four main disciplines of chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, with several branches within each discipline covering a wide range of fields.


For successful engineer recruiting, job specifications need to reflect the importance of qualifications and experience in relation to engineering discipline and field of expertise as applies to particular engineering job functions (see below). The relevance of a candidate's branch or field of engineering may diminish as a position becomes more supervisory or management focused. This can be illustrated by the analogy of a conductor of an orchestra who may only have the ability to play one particular musical instrument, but he directs and coordinates an entire performance requiring many instruments.


Senior technical specialist on the other hand should possess resumes that show evidence of consistent experience and ongoing education in a particular field.


JSM Appointments' consultants apply their knowledge of the engineering career and its respective disciplines to help you to find ways of increasing the pool of available engineering professionals when we search engineers. When planning for engineering recruitment we can help to assess where there may be opportunity to adapt the selection criteria for certain engineering disciplines.



Job Function

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By this we refer to the way in which engineering professionals apply his or her field of expertise, or at least what engineering employment activities have made up a large part of their engineering career. Typical job functions include: design; maintenance; research and development; project management; asset management; supervisory; line management; commissioning; OHS; executive management


For any engineering recruitment campaign it is important to recognise when we search engineers the significance in experience gained in different job functions, especially when industry and technical knowledge is a match. Applicants for an engineering job with a maintenance focus may be able to draw from extensive design experience on similar plant and in a similar industry, but transferring behaviours adopted in an organised and highly resourced design office to the deadline driven and unpredictable nature of a maintenance shutdown need to be taken into account when recruiting engineers.


JSM Appointments' knowledge of the engineering career and how it is impacted by experience in different job functions can help you to find ways of increasing the pool of available engineering professionals that have the particular skill sets your vacancy requires.



Industry Experience

- Broaden the scope of acceptable industry experience in your selection criteria to make the role accessible to a larger number of engineering professionals. ENQUIRE NOW to find out how.


Industry background can affect a range of capabilities in engineering professionals. The most obvious being the relevance of their technical experience. However there are many other factors than can affect the relevance and nature of an applicant’s industry background, and these will be considered by our engineering recruitment consultants when you search engineers.


The oil and gas industry for example demands an almost zero risk tolerance for many of the job functions, while the nature of hazards associated with materials handling in the iron ore industry may allow for more flexibility in managing risk. In other words a design engineer in one industry could be too pedantic for another and vice versa, with huge cost implications.


JSM Appointments’ knowledge of the engineering career extends to how it is impacted by experience in different industries. If you decide to broaden the scope of acceptable industry experience in your selection criteria to make the role accessible to a larger number of engineering professionals, then JSM Appointments’ extensive experience in different industries will help to ensure that referred applicants have the most important and relevant attributes.