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Engineering Disciplines Key Concepts Web links and Resource Sites Story Resources
Aerospace and aviation Design and operation of aircraft, propulsion systems, efficiency, spend and strength


Acoustics How sound generated and propagated Ben Lange Ausgrid Engineer.
Email: blange at


Preparation for growing foods,

harvesting, preserving

Bruce Pascoe Bruce.Pascoe at

Construction Material and construction techniques

Chemical engineering Convert raw materials into useable products

Civil Physical infrastructures urban/living environments

Aboriginal Housing Coop

lan at

Electrical Electrical energy generation and usage At the time of European arrival in Australia there was also no electrical engineering in Europe

Electrical flow can link to water and the way the communiites lieve off the life blood of the river

Phil Duncan Cultural Advisor Macquarie University

phil.duncan at

Network engineering Protocols for linking knowledge packets  

Networking and governance structures in Aboriginal society suggest a more trusted networking system

Bruce Pascoe?

Bruce.Pascoe at

Telecommunications Communication Message sticks Michael West
Mechanical Force and energy


Mining Extraction
Materials Strength and other features, production
Naval architecture Construction and propulsion

Water and waste management


Physical, chemical, and biological treatment of water,_New_South_Wales

Bradley Moggridge ANU Hydro Geologist

bradley.moggridge at

Phil Duncan Cultural Advisor Macquarie University Water management and fisheries

phil.duncan at

Project Management Sustainability  Every project should involve students across disciplines so that the understanding of how component parts link can be assessed.

The way that we consult and work in teams is crucial for the future success of designs

Ben Lange Ausgrid Engineer.
Email: blange at

Phil Duncan Cultural Advisor Macquarie University Water management and fisheries

phil.duncan at

Information Technology Teaching knowledge http:://

Use of technology to link video and other material to art works to augment behind material and the providence and artist’s  story

Mikaela Jade Mikaela Jade  mik at
Computer Engineering Programming Languages, whether computing or human, are ways of communicating in that culture Terrie Lowe Bundjalung speaker and teacher

terrie.lowe at

Fish traps

There are a wide variety of fish traps around Australia, the Gunditjatmara eel traps at Budj Bim, the Brewarrina Fish traps of the The town is located amid the traditional lands of the Ngemba, Muruwari and Yualwarri peoples and many up the coast of north eastern australia, as shown in this paper

Aligning Western and Aboriginal knowledges

Using existing resources we will provide specific physical examples of Aboriginal engineering that highlight the cultural influence on engineering. These examples will be linked to communities engaged with this engineering still, in some form.

Together these resources will provide a way for teachers and community to learn about this knowledge in a practical environment. It will also provide an in depth knowledge of the different approaches to engineering and engineering thinking that reflect the sustainable and holistic approach of Aboriginal cultures, as well as assist people to learn in an environment that emulates as much as possible the Aboriginal techniques of knowledge sharing.

Economic enablers

What are the enablers of economic participation in remote and very remote Australia, and how can we identify them?

Eva McRaeWilliarns, John Guenlher, Damien Jacobsen & Judith LoveII


In this paper we discuss some of the key learnings from the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC REP), Remote Economic Participation, Pathways to Employment and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Product research projects.

Involving students

AAEE Paper 2015 from project


Histories of Engineering make little mention of the engineering activities of the Australian Aboriginal civilisation either before – or after – the arrival of European influences. Until Blainey’s most recent volume Australian history (Blainey, 2015) texts also make no mention of engineering activities in the era prior to the arrival of European residents. Exploring why this is so is the province of History, Sociology, Anthropology and Archaeology, not Engineering. However, in the context of Engineering Education the issue came into focus as team members worked on developing a model for embedding Indigenous (see afterword for comment regarding terminology) perspectives into engineering curricula. The goal is to encourage educators and students to collaborate in building more inclusive learning spaces.

Underground water Management

Aboriginal people built water tunnels

ABC Science Online
Wednesday, 15 March 2006


Rainbow serpent
The rainbow serpent, a key Aboriginal Dreamtime creation symbol, is closely connected with Indigenous knowledge of groundwater systems (Image: Reuters)

Indigenous Australians dug underground water reservoirs that helped them live on one of the world’s driest continents for tens of thousands of years, new research shows.

The study, which is the first of its kind, indicates Aboriginal people had extensive knowledge of the groundwater system, says hydrogeologist Brad Moggridge, knowledge that is still held today.