Manufacturing is the process of converting raw materials, components, or parts into finished goods that meet a customer's expectations or specifications. Automation is changing how we can manufacture. We define automation as "the creation and application of technology to monitor and control the production and delivery of products and services".
Creativity and design are at the forefront of a rapidly changing world with creativity being highly valued by individuals, society and employers. Creative workers play an important role in driving economic, social and cultural development. Creative Industries focus on linking creativity with commercial markets. These industries use creativity as their source of value, generating ideas into new intellectual property (IP) and then using and commercialising that IP in innovative ways - often through industry interaction on a project-by-project basis.
Food and fibre
This sector includes industries and services that support agriculture, fishers and forestry industries. It is what we eat, what we drink, what we wear and what our homes are made of. Technology is improving the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of these industries. Locally, Ballarat is part of a growing regional food bowl.
Involves the delivery of health care to humans and animals through the application of science, engineering, mathematics and technology. In this industry, knowledge is taken from pure science and applied to practical and clinical practices to maintain and improve the health of living beings.
Includes the use of physical devices (inc. computers), storage, networking, infrastructure and processes to create, process, store, secure and exchange all forms of electronic data. Real-time data (RTD), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are all changing the way in which we work, innovate and collaborate.
New energy technologies
This rapidly growing area develops technologies that capture energy from the natural sources around us that are continuously replenished – solar energy, wind energy, hydropower and bioenergy from biomass.
'Students seeing the connection between their learning and the world in which they live with the opportunity to use cutting edge technology and work alongside industry experts within an enriching learning environment will create new opportunities.'
'Industry exposure and real time problem solving have been the key piece in the puzzle to bring reality into the scientific principles I learnt during study and assists in encouraging innovation that builds a better future.'
'STEM skills include ingenuity, reasoning, practical intelligence, systematic thinking, problem solving and the ability to communicate. Such skills are highly sought after by employers, including IBM, and therefore, developing them should be first and foremost for every young Australian today.'
'Engaging with industry shows students how the skills they are learning are used in the real world, as well as forming important networks and opportunities for their future careers.'
'An entrepreneurial mindset, one that embraces problem solving, perseverance, creativity and resilience will be the key to employ-ability as all industries evolve and adapt to a digital future.'