Expertise is sought far afield
Job prospects in the Hong Kong engineering industry should remain positive. Ten mega-infrastructure projects are being rolled out in phases, providing many job opportunities for university graduates. Apart from working locally, Hong Kong engineers are also exporting their services to neighbouring regions, with the mainland being the largest market.
In fact, Hong Kong's advanced engineering technology is always in demand, with hi-tech equipment and engineering services particularly welcome. The MTR Corporation is a case in point. It has been working closely with Beijing to help the capital design, build and run a railway. There is no doubt that local engineers certainly have lots of job opportunities, even outside Hong Kong.
The industry also provides a clear career path. After students graduate from related degree courses, undergo training and acquire working experience, they are eligible to apply for professional qualifications. They must be evaluated by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.
They will then gain mutual recognition from many countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK and the US. They will also be eligible to work in these countries.
Legislative Councillor Dr Lo Wai-kwok
As told to Chiu Po-sze