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Excerpted from the Austria Career Guide

Promising growth areas in Austria’s engineering sector include:

Mechanical Engineering: Austria boasts a long-standing tradition in the field of mechanical engineering. The mechanical engineering sector is one of the most active industries, with annual R&D expenditures of 483 million EUR.

Electrical Engineering and Electronics: The electrical engineering and electronic industry plays a key role in the Austrian economy. There are about 300 companies in this sector, with production worth more than 11 billion EUR and a workforce of nearly 60,000. These businesses are renowned for their reliability and product quality. Around two-thirds of production is exported to 150 countries world-wide.

Areas of Job Promise

Demand for engineers has declined in some areas, according to ComputerWorld in Austria, including automation technicians, simulation engineers, production engineers, designers, project managers, quality managers, and process and test engineers.

However, in spite of declines in those areas, Austria faces a critical shortage of skilled engineers. Austria needs engineers and technicians for the energy and construction sectors as well as the automotive industry. Geotechnical specialists are especially needed among civil engineers.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Österreichischer Ingenieurs und Architekten Verein (OIAV) 
Society of Austrian Engineers and Architects
http://www.oiav.at (German)
ÖIAV, the Society of Austrian Engineers and Architects (Österreichischer Ingenieurs und Architekten Verein), was founded in 1848. It is Austria’s oldest union of engineers. The ÖIAV is a non-profit organization without compulsory membership (unlike the professional chambers for engineers and architects). It is home not only to the classical engineering branches such as architecture, civil engineering and mechanical engineering, but also to specialized disciplines such as energy engineering, automotive engineering, process engineering and environmental protection, as well as the Austrian Member Society of the ISSMGE (International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering). It offers support to its members, promotes young engineers and works to create a positive public image of engineering.

Society of Austrian Engineers and Architects
Eschenbachgasse 9
A-1010 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 587 35 36
Fax: +43 1 370 58 06 333
Email: office@oiav.at

Labor Unions

Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten / Druck-Journalismus-Papier (GPA-djp)
Union of Salaried Employees / Print – Journalism - Paper

http://www.gpa-djp.at/ (German)
Engineers are represented by the GPA-djp, a merger of the Union of Salaried Employees (Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten) and the Union for Printers (Gewerkschaft für Druck, Journalismus und Papier). It is responsible for handling trade union issues and concerns about the workplace. GPA-djp is the trade union with the most members within the ÖGB (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund/Austrian Trade Union Confederation). GPA-djp represents many different economic sectors such as commerce, financial and economic services, social insurance and services, the manufacturing industries, research, education, culture, charitable societies and interest groups, as well as the gambling, tourism and leisure industries.

Alfred-Dallinger-Platz 1
A-1034 Vienna
Tel: +43 5 03 01 301
Fax: +43 5 03 01 300
Email: service@gpa-djp.at

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Austria Guide.

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