USQ lecturer Jessica Smith is teaching surveying at USQ Springfield this year.
USQ lecturer Jessica Smith is teaching surveying at USQ Springfield this year. Contributed

USQ plugs a skills gap

THE University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is breaking new ground and offering aspiring surveyors the chance to make an impact in one of the most rapidly developing industries.

As the nation faces a critical shortage of qualified surveyors caused by skilled workers retiring quicker than they can be replaced, USQ welcomed its first student surveyors to the University's Springfield campus this week.

USQ is offering three surveying programs at USQ Springfield this year; a Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology, an Associate Degree in Spatial Science and a Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours).

USQ is Queensland's only provider of surveying degrees and has the largest number of surveying students in Australia.

USQ Senior Lecturer (Surveying) Glenn Campbell said anyone pursuing a career in the surveying industry would place themselves in an ideal position to secure employment.

"The surveying industry is undergoing a skills shortage and even though USQ saw a big jump in the number of students studying surveying at Toowoomba a few years ago, the industry needed a metropolitan presence to attract more potential students," he said.

"It's a great time to be part of the industry and USQ is excited by the opportunity to bring our programs to Springfield and teach and prepare the next generation of surveyors.

"Qualified surveyors provide a vital service for the civil construction, mining and gas and property development industries, and play a key role in the planning and construction of all major infrastructure projects.

"Most of our students get into the profession because they don't want to be stuck in the office all day, but they still want the intellectual stimulation that comes with being part of a diverse and rewarding career."

Nineteen first-year students will be studying surveying at USQ Springfield in 2016, and Joshua Egan was among those who started university this week.

"I am looking forward to learning the basics of surveying and all the general fundamentals before moving into more specific areas and applications that the surveying industry is involved in," he said.

"By studying surveying at USQ, my future is clearly visible and accessible after the completion of my course."

For details, visit usq.edu.au



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