The engineering sector in Australia is facing turbulent times on a number of fronts amid not only the transition away from resource sector work but also political developments impacting the immediate future of public sector infrastructure projects.

As is well known, the sector is facing a broad general transition as resource related work winds back. Already, the impact of this is becoming apparent. Both Worley Parsons and construction and engineering outfit McMahon slashed around 4,000 jobs each throughout calendar 2014 – the latter being forced into a…