This tracer study focused on Trinidad and Tobago nationals who graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, The University of the West Indies (UWI), over the period 1995-1999. The study was undertaken to assess the current status of the stock of engineers who graduated from the institution over this five (5) year period.
Summary of Main Findings
- The total number of Trinidad and Tobago nationals who graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, UWI, over the period 1995-1999 was 638, of which 482 of 75% were males and 156 or 25% females. The ratio of male to female graduates was 3:1.
- Of the population of graduates (638) surveyed, 411 or 64% responded, of which 317 (77%) were males and 94 (23%) were females, also representing a ratio of 3 males to 1 female.
- By area of specialisation, males out-numbered their female counterparts significantly in the areas of Mechanical Engineering (9:1) and in each of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Surveying (4:1). A considerably smaller gender disparity, however, was observed in Chemical and Process, Civil and Industrial Engineering (2:1).
- A significant percentage of the engineers (86%) was between 20-29 years old. This suggests that most engineers, both male and female, read for their first degree soon after their A'Level examination.
- Almost all of the engineers (97%) who responded to the survey was employed as at 15th January, 2001. However, only 2% were self-employed.
- The most popular areas of specialisation among the engineers were Mechanical and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
- Based on the number of jobs held, employment opportunities were more prevalent in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical and Computer, and Chemical and Process Engineering.
- A substantial percentage (70% and over) of the engineers obtained employment within the same year of graduation.
- The majority of graduates in Civil Engineering (52%), Industrial Engineering (41%), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (30%) earned a higher monthly income ($4000-$5999) in their first job, compared with their counterparts in the other areas of specialisation.
- The income distribution, by area of specialisation, was similar for both male and female engineers.
- Of the engineers who responded to the survey, 293 (71%) obtained their first job in the Private Enterprises sector. Further, over 50% of the engineers in each area of specialisation were employed in this sector.
- Of the response from the 411 engineers who graduated with a first degree between 1995-1999, only 5% (22) obtained post-graduate qualifications. By field of study, 14 engineers or 64% obtained a master's level qualification in engineering while 5 or 23% received a similar qualification in business.
- As at 15th January, 2001, 134 engineers (33%) were pursuing a master's level qualification mainly in the in the field of engineering.