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  1. 1. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA Chartered Status- a Handbook for Applicants
  2. 2. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIAChartered Status – A Handbook for ApplicantsSTATUS REVISION DATE AUTHORISATIONControlled Document 02/2011 February 2011 Director, Education and AssessmentNote:This Chartered Status Handbook for Applicants undergoes regular critical review and revision to reflectcontemporary Engineers competencies and how they are gained. Accordingly, Applicants for Chartered Statusshould refer to the current version of the Chartered Status Handbook for Applicants on the Engineers Australiawebsite at http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/professional-development© Copyright Engineers Australia 2011This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproducedby any process without prior written permission from Engineers Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning thereproduction and rights should be addressed to the Director Education and Assessment, Engineers Australia,11 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600.2
  3. 3. FOREWORDCongratulations on your decision to seek Chartered Status. In doing so, youhave acknowledged that academic qualifications are only the beginning ofa career in engineering and that continuing professional development isan essential component of maintaining your knowledge after initial formaleducation has been completed.Chartered Status is the next important goal in a career in engineering.Professional Engineers, Engineering Technologists and Engineering Officers(Associates) who attain Chartered Status represent the highest professionalstandards, expressing a commitment to keeping pace with the increasingexpectations and requirements of engineering in our modern world. CharteredStatus is a credential which affords you international recognition and mostimportantly, certification that you are competent to practise and exerciseleadership within the engineering team.Engineering employers, clients and governments are increasingly valuing thequality and professionalism that Chartered Status represents as insuranceagainst risk and uncertainty and to match expectations of value and safety.Additionally, Chartered Status is the linkage to registration, which is becomingmore important to governments and consumers of engineering services.Having met the additional requirements of Engineers Australia, Charteredpractitioners automatically qualify to join the National Professional EngineersRegister (NPER), the National Engineering Technologists Register (NETR) orthe National Engineering Associates Register (NEAR). Chartered Status willalso provide a pathway to registration in Queensland under that state’sProfessional Engineers Act.This handbook has been designed to assist you in preparing for thecompetency based assessment for Chartered Status in one of the threeoccupational categories: Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), CharteredEngineering Technologist (CEngT) and Chartered Engineering Officer (CEngO)and subsequent registration on the respective register.The achievement of Chartered Status and Registration will require effort anddetermination on your part. However, I can assure you that the benefits thatwill flow to you will make it well worth your while.We are here to support you throughout the whole process.Peter Taylor FIEAust CPEngChief Executive 3
  4. 4. CONTENTS4
  5. 5. IntroductionChartered Status Pathways ................................................................................................. 6Defining the Engineering Team .......................................................................................... 7Competency Terms ................................................................................................................10Professional Formation ........................................................................................................10Engineering Practice ReportPreparing your Engineering Practice Report.................................................................11Preparing for your Competency Based Assessment ..................................................11Mature Experienced Engineers Pathway to Chartered Status ...............................13Appendix AStage 2 Competency Units and Elements .....................................................................14Appendix BRegistration, Areas of Practice, Colleges and International Agreements ...........17Appendix CPart 1: Stage 2 Competency Units, Elements and Defining Activities ................22Part 2: Standards to which Stage 2 Competencies must be Demonstrated.....36Appendix DExample of a Career Episode Report ...............................................................................39Appendix ECode of Ethics...........................................................................................................................41Appendix FEngineers Australia Accredited Assessors .....................................................................44Appendix GApplication for Chartered Status of Engineers Australia .........................................45 5
  6. 6. INTRODUCTIONThe purpose of this handbook is to crystallise your understanding of engineering competencies and how they are gained.You will be able to apply this to preparing your Engineering Practice Report and successfully completing your application.Please follow the handbook carefully for the best results.To become a Chartered Engineer (CPEng), Technologist (CEngT) or Officer (Associate) (CEngO) you must be eligible formembership of Engineers Australia. Please visit www.engineersaustralia.org.au under Membership for information onbecoming a member.CHARTERED STATUS PATHWAYSThis diagram simplifies how to obtain and maintain Chartered Status for Engineers, Technologists and Officers (Associates): Eligibility The four ways Maintaining Requirements: to become Chartered: Chartered Status: 1. Membership of Engineers 1. Engineering Practice Report + • 150 hours of Continuing Australia or eligibility to become Professional Interview Professional Development a member required every 3 years • Submit one report for 2. Period of professional formation assessment • Subject to audit every 5 years representing 3+ years of engineering experience • Attend professional interview 2. Professional Development Program + Professional Interview • Submit continuous Career Episode Reports and be assessed for each • Attend professional interview 3. Mature Experienced Engineers Pathway • Submit Statement of Experience and Continuing Professional Development record • Attend professional interview • Requires 15+ years of experience including 5 in position(s) of responsibility • Must be an Engineers Australia member 4. Mutual Recognition Agreement • Recognised international qualification is checked and verified6
  7. 7. DEFINING THE ENGINEERING TEAMThe engineering team includes a variety of occupations and specialisations. This handbook coversthree occupational categories: Professional Engineer, Engineering Technologist and EngineeringOfficer (also known as Engineering Associate).PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERSThe benchmark Stage 1 qualification for Professional Engineers is the four-year Bachelor ofEngineering degree.Professional Engineers are responsible for interpreting technological possibilities to society,business and government. They are also responsible for ensuring, as far as possible, that policydecisions are properly informed, and that costs, risks and limitations are properly understood asthe desired outcomes. Professional Engineers are required to take responsibility for engineeringprojects and programs in the most far-reaching sense. They are responsible for the reliablefunctioning of all materials and technologies used; integration to form complete and self-consistent systems; and all interactions between the technical systems and the environment inwhich they function. The latter includes understanding the requirements of clients and of societyas a whole; working to optimise social, environmental and economic outcomes over the lifetime ofthe product or program; interacting effectively with the other disciplines, professions and peopleinvolved; and ensuring that the engineering contribution is properly integrated into the totality ofthe undertaking.Professional Engineers at the level of Stage 2 competency are expected to have demonstrated thepropensity to take charge of major projects or interactions in a work situation, even if they havenot actually done so.The work of Professional Engineers is predominately intellectual in nature. In the technicaldomain, they are primarily concerned with the advancement of technologies and with thedevelopment of new technologies and their applications through innovation, creativity andchange. They may conduct research concerned with advancing the science of engineering and withdeveloping new engineering principles and technologies. Alternatively, they may contribute tocontinual improvement in the practice of engineering, and to devising and updating the Codes andStandards that govern it.Professional Engineers have a particular responsibility for ensuring that all aspects of a projectare soundly based in theory and fundamental principle, and for understanding how newdevelopments relate to established practice and to other disciplines with which they may interact.One hallmark of a professional is the capacity to break new ground in an informed and responsibleway.Professional Engineers may lead or manage teams appropriate to these activities, may establishtheir own companies or move into senior management roles in engineering and relatedenterprises. 7
  8. 8. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGISTSThe benchmark Stage 1 qualification for Engineering Technologists is the three-year Bachelor of Engineeringdegree.Engineering Technologists normally operate within a relatively well-defined technical environment andundertake a wide range of functions and responsibilities. They are typically specialists in a particular fieldof engineering technology and their expertise lies in familiarity with its current state of development andits most recent applications. Within their specialist field, their expertise may be at a high level and fullyequivalent to that of a Professional Engineer. However, Engineering Technologists are not expected to exercisethe same breadth of perspective as a Professional Engineer nor carry the same responsibilities for stakeholderinteractions, for system integration and for synthesizing overall approaches to complex situations and complexengineering problems.The work of Engineering Technologists combines the need for a strong grasp of practical situations andapplications, with the intellectual challenge of keeping abreast of leading-edge developments in their particularfield. For this purpose they need a strong understanding of scientific and engineering principles and a well-developed capacity for analysis. The work of Engineering Technologists is mostly about applying current andemerging technologies, often in new contexts or to applying established principles in the development of newpractice. They may contribute to the advancement of particular technologies as well.Some Engineering Technologist qualifications include an emphasis on technical management as well asa grounding in a particular area of technology. Technical management is seen as an appropriate field ofspecialisation in itself and many Engineering Technologists build their own career paths in this direction.Examples of such specialisation include product development, mine management, and the management andmaintenance of processing plants, complex building services or testing laboratories.Persons may also be recognised as Engineering Technologists who hold degrees in fields related to engineeringand who have developed expertise and experience in applying their knowledge in conjunction with engineeringwork. Examples might be in geology and geotechnics, information technology and software development,mining, biomedical technology, optical communications, renewable energy systems and agriculture.The competencies of Engineering Technologists equip them to approve and certify many technical operationssuch as calibration and testing regimes, compliance with performance-based criteria for fire safety and thedesign of components and sub-systems and of installations such as building services that do not call forsignificant new development. Such certification should be fully acceptable in the public domain and should notrequire further endorsement by other practitioners perceived to be more highly qualified.Engineering Technologists may lead or manage teams appropriate to these activities. Some may establish theirown companies or may move into senior management roles in engineering and related enterprises, employingprofessional engineers and other specialists where appropriate.8
  9. 9. ENGINEERING OFFICERS (ASSOCIATES)The benchmark Stage 1 qualification for Engineering Officers is the two-year Advanced Diploma/Associate Degree in Engineering, classified at Level 6 (AQF-6) under the Australian QualificationsFramework.Engineering Officers focus mainly on practical applications. They may be expert in installing,testing and monitoring equipment and systems, in the operation and maintenance of advancedplant, and in managing or supervising tradespeople in these activities. They may be expert inselecting equipment and components to meet given specifications and in assembling these toform systems customised to particular projects.Engineering Officers are often required to be familiar with Standards and Codes of Practice andto become expert in the interpretation and application of such Standards in a wide variety ofsituations. Many develop very extensive experience of practical installations. In fact, they are oftenmore knowledgeable than a Professional Engineer or Engineering Technologist on detailed aspectsthat can contribute very greatly to safety, cost or effectiveness in operation.In other instances, Engineering Officers may develop high levels of expertise in aspects of designand development processes. These might include, for example, the use of advanced software toperform detailed design of structures, mechanical components and systems, manufacturing orprocess plants, electrical and electronic equipment, information and communications systems.Another example might be in the construction of experimental or prototype equipment. Again,experienced operators in these areas often develop detailed practical knowledge and experiencecomplementing the broader or more theoretical knowledge of others.Engineering Officers need a good grounding in engineering science and the principles underlyingtheir field of expertise to ensure that their knowledge is portable across different applicationsand situations. Context-specific training and experience in a particular job are not sufficient toguarantee generic competency. Given a good knowledge base however, Engineering Officersmay build further on this through high levels of training in particular contexts and in relation toparticular equipment. Aircraft maintenance is an excellent example.The competencies of Engineering Officers equip them to certify the quality of engineering workand the condition of equipment and systems in defined circumstances, laid down in recognisedStandards and Codes of Practice. Such certification should be fully acceptable in the public domainand should not require further endorsement by other practitioners who are perceived to be morehighly qualified.Engineering Officers may lead or manage teams appropriate to these activities. Some mayestablish their own companies or may move into senior management roles in engineeringand other related enterprises, employing Professional Engineers and other specialists whereappropriate. 9
  10. 10. COMPETENCY TERMS PROFESSIONAL FORMATIONCompetency is the ability to perform activities within The period during which a graduate engineer gains thean occupation to standards expected and recognised necessary professional engineering competencies inby employers and the community. Competencies are order to practice in an independent and ethical manner isexpressed in terms of Units and Elements and are known as Professional Formation. Professional Formationdemonstrated through the demonstration of the mainly takes place following the completion of a formalDefining Activities. The Unit title describes a particular engineering or technology degree or advanced diploma/area of performance, for example Engineering Practice. associate degree. Engineering experience gained priorThe Elements are the necessary components or activities to graduation may be admissible in cases where thewhich make up the Unit of Competency. Each Element experience meets Stage 2 competency standards.has a set of Defining Activities which provide a guide A minimum period of Professional Formation is notto the level of performance and allow a judgment to be generally stipulated as the assessment for the award ofmade on whether the element of competency has been Chartered Status is based on demonstrated competenciesachieved. rather than a period of time. However, in accordanceGraduates are Stage 1 Professional Engineers, with Engineers Australia Bye-Laws and MembershipEngineering Technologists or Engineering Officers, that Regulations, a graduate must have at least three years ofis, they have demonstrated the attainment of essential work experience at the level of their related occupationaleducational competencies through the completion of a category to achieve Chartered Status.recognised tertiary engineering qualification. Graduates The period for Professional Formation is usuallywork under guidance and supervision. minimised in cases where the enterprise you are workingThose with Chartered Status or Professional Engineers, for has partnered with Engineers Australia to provide itsEngineering Technologists or Engineering Officers employees with an approved Professional Development(Associates) who have demonstrated Stage 2 competence Program (PDP). Engineers can also join the PDP aswill have undertaken broad-based experience. They individual participants. Details about the PDP can behave the competencies to work independently and found on the Engineers Australia website atdisplay leadership in creating and applying new www.engineersaustralia.org.auengineering practices on a regular basis, that is; theyhave demonstrated engineering skills and judgment inaddition to educational competencies and can practice ina competent, independent and ethical manner.10
  11. 11. ENGINEERING PRACTICE REPORTPREPARING YOUR ENGINEERING PREPARING FOR YOUR COMPETENCYPRACTICE REPORT BASED ASSESSMENTYour Engineering Practice Report (EPR) consists of a STEP 1series of written Career Episode Reports (CERs) each To be eligible for Chartered Status you must:describing experience gained during your ProfessionalFormation. • be a financial member, or eligible to become a member, of Engineers Australia in one of the threeA Career Episode Report (CER) is a documented engineering occupational categories (for detailscomponent of your professional experience. It of how to apply, refer to the Engineers Australiaindicates the attainment of experience related to website www.engineersaustralia.org.au)relevant Elements of Competency. A career episodemay be made up of a number of related professional • have at least three years of engineering experienceexperiences over a continuous period. in the relevant occupational category.The significance of individual career episodes varies. STEP 2A minor career episode may cover a relatively short Determine in which occupational category you will beperiod of time (several months) and be advanced to applying for Chartered Status: Chartered Professionalclaim some Elements of Competency. A major career Engineer (CPEng), Chartered Engineering Technologistepisode (a large or lengthy project for example) (CEngT) or Chartered Engineering Officer (CEngO). Tocan be advanced to demonstrate an entire Unit of assist you, please refer to the previous section titledCompetency. “Defining the Engineering Team”.A collection of narratives relating to the careerepisodes forms the basis of your EPR. Each narrative STEP 3(report) should emphasise problems identified and the Write the CERs that, when assembled, will form yourproblem-solving techniques you utilised in overcoming EPR based on your professional experience in thethem. general area of practice in which you are seeking recognition. Should you be seeking registration onFull details of the Stage 2 Competencies and the the NPER/NETR/NEAR, browse through the sectionStandards by which they are measured are given at titled “Registration, Areas of Practice, Colleges andAppendix C. Of particular importance are the Standards International Agreements” in Appendix B. If you are(Part 2 of Appendix C). The Standards set the context seeking recognition in a specific area of practice, youagainst which a competency must be demonstrated need to seek further information as explained inwithin each occupational category. The notes provide Appendix B. Your report then needs to demonstrateessential guidance as to how you should interpret and that you have practised independently in the specificaddress the Unit. area.There are several steps you should follow when Reports should emphasise:preparing for the Competency Based Assessment.Follow the steps closely and contact the Engineers • your personal contribution and responsibilitiesAustralia Accredited Assessor identified at Appendix F if • the problems you facedyou have any queries. • the solution(s) you found • the engineering judgments you made • the impact your solution(s) and judgments generated. 11
  12. 12. An example of a Career Episode Report (CER) is shown d) A verified Curriculum Vitae (CV) covering yourin Appendix D. Your CER is to be printed on A4 sheets, employment experience since completing your firstin English, in narrative form and using the first person tertiary qualifications. The CV is to be verified bysingular, and should describe the specific contributions a responsible Engineer whose signature must beyou have made. accompanied by their printed name, address, email address, phone number and status or if verified bySTEP 4 a member of Engineers Australia, their membershipConsult the list of Units and Elements of Competency in number, printed name and signature. The CVAppendix A and make a selection of the Elements you verification should cover at least the last three yearsbelieve you have achieved. of engineering employment. The following statement is to be signed by the verifier:Review your selection against the respective Defining “I verify that this is a true statement of the careerActivities (Appendix C) and ensure that you have history of (candidate’s name) during the period (date)demonstrated most or all of the Defining Activities in to (date).”order to claim that you have demonstrated an element of If you cannot provide verification of employment forcompetence. Please note that only the Elements and not any of the last three year period, a properly witnessedthe Defining Activities are to be noted in the right hand Statutory Declaration stating why you have not beencolumn. able to have the information verified, what steps youWhen writing your CERs you will need to refer to took to locate the verifier and that the informationAppendix C both Part 1 and Part 2. Remember that contained in your CV is true and correct covering thatyour EPR must show that you have demonstrated your period must accompany your application. Refer tocompetency in all three Compulsory Units of Competency page 5 of the Application Form.(including all seventeen Elements) plus two of the ten e) Details of your Continuing Professional DevelopmentElective Units of Competency (including the specified (CPD) for example, formal education and training,number of Elements). seminars or conferences attended, presentations andIf you have not demonstrated the requisite Units and papers and private reading. For further details refer toElements, write further career episodes until you have the Engineers Australia website atsatisfied the requirement. Remember that the wording www.engineersaustralia.org.auof each CER should clearly indicate how these Elements f) Your Engineers Australia membership numberhave been demonstrated (refer to the CER example at (documented on the Application Form). If youAppendix D). are not a current member of Engineers AustraliaYour EPR can now be formed by linking all your CERs. and hold accredited Australian engineering qualifications (typically a four-year professionalSTEP 5 engineering qualification, a three-year engineeringEach of your CERs must be verified by a senior technology qualification or a two-year advancedexperienced engineer (preferably a Chartered Engineer) diploma/associate degree in engineering) you mustfrom at least the same occupational category in which provide a certified copy of your degree/diplomayou are seeking Chartered Status. Verifiers must be able testamur(s). If your qualifications are not accreditedto attest that you have performed the work you have by Engineers Australia or are from a country otherwritten about. In some cases this may not be possible than Australia, a certified copy of your assessmentand a Statutory Declaration (refer to the Application Form letter from Engineers Australia indicating thatin Appendix G) is required in lieu of attestation. you have qualifications which meet the academic requirements to confer recognition as a Stage 1STEP 6 Engineer must be provided. If you are applying underYou are now able to complete your application by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) please referproviding one original and two copies of the following to our website www.engineersaustralia.org.au underdocumentation: Membership for further information.a) Completed Application Form g) Payment of the Chartered assessment fee.b) A certified passport-style photo Please refer to the latest fee schedule at www.engineersaustralia.org.au under Membership.c) A certified true copy of your passport bio-data page or Australian Driver’s Licence (where this is not available, a certified copy of your Birth Certificate or Official Identity Document may be acceptable in lieu).12
  13. 13. STEP 7 MATURE EXPERIENCED ENGINEERSSubmit all of these documents and your payment PATHWAY TO CHARTERED STATUSto the Accredited Assessor located in your regionidentified at Appendix F. Mature and more experienced engineering participants with at least fifteen years of broad-based engineeringSTEP 8 experience since graduation and who have beenWhen your EPR is assessed as satisfactory, you will be responsible for substantial work in their occupationalinvited to attend a Professional Interview (PI). The PI is category may demonstrate their acquisition ofessentially a peer review of the competencies you have competencies by submission of a less voluminousclaimed. The PI will be conducted by a panel which Statement of Experience.includes Chartered Members of Engineers Australia in Potential applicants should download the “Matureyour chosen engineering discipline and area of practice. Experienced Engineers Pathway to Chartered Status”The Engineers Australia Accredited Assessor will also be document available at www.engineersaustralia.org.aupresent or linked by telephone to act as a facilitator and and read in conjunction with this Handbook.moderator at the interview. Applicant’s attention should be drawn to the EntryAt the start of the PI you will be asked to make an Requirements and Method of Application.uninterrupted fifteen-minute presentation in supportof your application. During the remainder of thePI you should be prepared to discuss the DefiningActivities pertaining to your selected Elements ofCompetency. Questions by the Assessment Panel ontechnical aspects of your career are anticipated totake approximately 30 minutes. This may be extendeddepending on the circumstances. The interview is notexpected to exceed 60 minutes.You should also be prepared to answer questions on theEngineers Australia Code of Ethics (refer to AppendixE) and contemporary engineering issues such as theenvironment and sustainability. If there are pointsthat require clarification, you may be requested toundertake a Technical Assignment at the completion ofyour PI.Unsuccessful applicants will receive counseling andadvice regarding future professional developmentrequirements they should seek in order to attainChartered Status.Applicants for registration in a specific area of practiceshould note that the Assessment Panel has to besatisfied that you have:• Met the Stage 2 competencies in a general area of practice; and• Provided evidence of your practice in the specific area.You should note that as a practicing engineer inAustralia you are expected to be able to communicateeffectively in the English language. Your competenciesin English will be assessed during the PI and in theassessment of the EPR. 13
  14. 14. APPENDIX ASTAGE 2 COMPETENCY UNITS AND ELEMENTSCOMPULSORY UNITS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE ELEMENTSFor competency demonstration requirements, refer to Step 4 of the previous section Engineering Practice Report.Fuller details of the Competencies are given in Appendix C (Part 1 and 2).When applying for Chartered Status and registration on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER) /National Engineering Technologists Register (NETR) / National Engineering Associates Register (NEAR) you need toaddress the following three Compulsory Units of Competency (UNIT C1, C2, C3). Note that all seventeen [17] Elementswithin the Units must be addressed. UNIT C1 ENGINEERING PRACTICE Your checklist ELEMENTS: C1.1 Presents and Develops a Professional Image YES NO C1.2 Pursues Continuing Professional Development YES NO C1.3 Integrates Engineering with Other Professional Input YES NO C1.4 Develops Engineering Solutions YES NO C1.5 Identifies Constraints on Potential Engineering Solutions YES NO UNIT C2 ENGINEERING PLANNING AND DESIGN Your checklist ELEMENTS: C2.1 Interprets and Scopes Design Requirements YES NO C2.2 Prepares Concept Proposal and Seeks Advice on Latest Technology YES NO C2.3 Implements Planning and Design Process YES NO C2.4 Reviews the Design to Achieve Acceptance YES NO C2.5 Prepares and Maintains Documentation During the Design Process YES NO C2.6 Validates Design YES NO UNIT C3 SELF MANAGEMENT IN THE ENGINEERING WORKPLACE Your checklist ELEMENTS: C3.1 Manages Self YES NO C3.2 Works Effectively with People YES NO C3.3 Facilitates and Capitalises on Change and Innovation YES NO C3.4 Plans and Manages Work Priorities and Resources YES NO C3.5 Maintains Customer Focus and Relationships with Clients/Stakeholders/ YES NO Suppliers/Regulators C3.6 Manages Information YES NO14
  15. 15. PlusYou need to address two of the ten Elective Units and the specified number of Elements stipulated within theUnits. Note that E1A and E1B are mutually exclusive, as are E4A and E4B.ELECTIVE UNITS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE ELEMENTSUNIT E1A ENGINEERING BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Your checklistELEMENTS: AT LEAST FIVE ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED FROM THE FOLLOWING:E1A.1 Contributes to Engineering Business Strategies YES NOE1A.2 Develops Client Relationships YES NOE1A.3 Manages the Implementation of Engineering Plans within the Business YES NOE1A.4 Manages Resources YES NOE1A.5 Manages People YES NOE1A.6 Manages Suppliers YES NOE1A.7 Manages Business Information YES NOE1A.8 Monitors Engineering Business Performance YES NOORUNIT E1B ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT Your checklistELEMENTS: AT LEAST FIVE ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED FROM THE FOLLOWING:E1B.1 Develops Project Integration YES NOE1B.2 Scopes the Project YES NOE1B.3 Manages People YES NOE1B.4 Manages the Physical Resources within the Project YES NOE1B.5 Manages Quality, Safety, Environment and Risk YES NOE1B.6 Manages Cost and Procurement YES NOE1B.7 Manages Time and Progress YES NOE1B.8 Finalises the Project YES NOUNIT E2 ENGINEERING OPERATIONS Your checklistELEMENTS: ELEMENT E2.2 AND AT LEAST FOUR OTHER ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED FROM THE FOLLOWING:E2.1 Plans Operations and Systems YES NOE2.2 Manages the Process with the Operation/System YES NOE2.3 Manages the Assets within the Operation/System YES NOE2.4 Manages People YES NOE2.5 Measures and Documents Engineering Operation/System YES NOE2.6 Management of Environmental Performance YES NOUNIT E3 MATERIALS/COMPONENTS/SYSTEMS Your checklistELEMENTS: ELEMENTS E3.1, E3.2 AND AT LEAST TWO OTHER ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED FROM THEFOLLOWING:E3.1 Determines Engineering Requirements YES NOE3.2 Designs/Develops Materials/Components/Systems YES NOE3.3 Defines Processes to Prepare Materials/Components/Systems YES NOE3.4 Manages the Uses of Materials/Components/Systems within the Project/ YES NO OperationE3.5 Manages the Recovery, Reuse and Disposal of Materials/Components/Systems YES NO 15
  16. 16. UNIT E4A ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Your checklist Please note: Applicants for NPER Environmental (general) MUST address this Unit and MUST also respond to the “Guideline for Environmental Engineering*”. ELEMENTS: ELEMENTS E4A.1, E4A.2, E4A.3 AND AT LEAST ONE OTHER ELEMENT MUST BE ADDRESSED FROM THE FOLLOWING: E4A.1 Determines the Existing Environmental Condition YES NO E4A.2 Establishes Stakeholders’ Expectations YES NO E4A.3 Reviews Existing Environmental Conditions Against Stakeholders’ Expectations YES NO E4A.4 Develops and Ranks Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Development YES NO E4A.5 Implements, Monitors and Evaluates Strategies YES NO*The “Guideline for Environmental Engineering” can be located on the National Engineering Registration Boardwebsite at www.engineersaustralia.org.au/nerb under Areas of Practice – General Areas – Environmental Engineering.OR UNIT E4B INVESTIGATION AND REPORTING Your checklist ELEMENTS: ALL ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED E4B.1 Responds to/Identifies Problems YES NO E4B.2 Plans the Investigation YES NO E4B.3 Carries out the Investigation YES NO E4B.4 Draws Conclusions and Makes Recommendations YES NO UNIT E5 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALISATION Your checklist ELEMENTS: ELEMENT E5.1, E5.2, E5.3, E5.4 AND AT LEAST ONE OTHER ELEMENT MUST BE ADDRESSED FROM THE FOLLOWING: E5.1 Identifies Opportunities for New or Improved Processes and/or Products YES NO E5.2 Identifies the Resources Required for the R&D YES NO E5.3 Initiates Concept Development YES NO E5.4 Gains Commitment to the R&D Proposal YES NO E5.5 Ensures Research is Undertaken YES NO E5.6 Collaborates in the Commercialisation of Research Outcomes YES NO UNIT E6 SOURCE AND ESTIMATE MATERIALS Your checklist ELEMENTS: ALL ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED E6.1 Defines Requirements and Sources for Materials YES NO E6.2 Estimates Materials YES NO E6.3 Procures Materials/Resources YES NO E6.4 Prepares Materials/Components/Systems for use in the Project/Operation YES NO UNIT E7 CHANGE AND TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT Your checklist ELEMENTS: ALL ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED E7.1 Participates in Planning the Introduction of Technical Change YES NO E7.2 Develops Technically Creative and Flexible Approaches and Solutions YES NO E7.3 Manages Emerging Technical Challenges and Opportunities YES NO UNIT E8 TECHNICAL SALES AND PROMOTION Your checklist ELEMENTS: ALL ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED E8.1 Identifies Sales Opportunities YES NO E8.2 Applies Product Knowledge to Client Requirements YES NO E8.3 Promotes Technical Capability of the Product/System YES NO E8.4 Seeks Client Feedback YES NO16
  17. 17. APPENDIX BREGISTRATION, AREAS OF PRACTICE, COLLEGES, AND INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTSINTRODUCTIONPublic Safety is protected when only competent practitioners are registered to provide engineering servicesin critical areas. Registered practitioners will be engaged to provide services in such areas only if stipulated byregulation or demanded by the market.Information imbalance is reduced when registration standards are made available. Published information mustexpress the observable functions that are necessary to practise competently in each area of the register in terms ofcompetency-based eligibility criteria.In some instances, Regulatory Schemes are used when governments find a need to place aspects of practiceunder the law. This is usually because the government has assessed that practice by unqualified or inadequatelyexperienced or uninsured practitioners in such areas puts the community at a greater risk than the constraints oncompetition associated with registration.The National Professional Engineers Register (NPER) was launched in 1994, the National Engineering TechnologistsRegister (NETR) was introduced in 1996 and the National Engineering Associates Register (NEAR) was launched in2008. Engineers Australia administers the three National Engineering Registers on advice from a board establishedto ensure the registers operate with integrity and in the public interest at no cost to the government, with aparticular emphasis on public safety and the risks associated with information imbalance in an engineer-clientrelationship.NATIONAL ENGINEERING REGISTRATION BOARDThe National Engineering Registration Board (the Board) was established jointly by Engineers Australia, theAssociation of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA) and Consult Australia(formerly ACEA). The Board, representing State and Territory Governments, Community Organisations andProfessional Associations, ensures that national registers are administered in the public interest. The Board, whichincludes a nominated Engineering Technologist and Engineering Associate, supervises the administration of theregisters. Engineers Australia administers NPER, NETR and NEAR as the service provider to the Board.REGULATORY SCHEMESThe Engineers Australia Professional Standards Scheme is a limitation of liability scheme approved under theprofessional standards legislation of each State and Territory. The scheme is designed to improve the occupationalstandards of the profession, protect consumers and put a cap on the amount of damages a court can awardagainst members covered by the scheme in legal actions for economic loss or property damage arising fromanything they did or did not do in carrying out their occupation.Engineers Australia is an approved assessment entity under the Professional Engineers Act 2002(QLD), approved toassess qualifications and competencies under Part 2 of the Act for persons wishing to apply for registration as aRegistered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ). Registration on NPER or CPEng provides sufficient evidencefor a successful assessment.Registration on NPER also provides evidence of technical competence required for accreditation as a certifier underthe Building Professionals Act 2005 (NSW). 17
  18. 18. REGISTRATION STANDARDS CURRENT GENERAL AREAS OF PRACTICEAssessment against Stage 2 Competency Standards The following descriptions are provided to help you(Appendix C Part 2) is necessarily related to the choose your general area of practice on a nationaloccupational roles in which the competencies have been Engineering Register. For further information andexercised, and to the scope offered by those roles – but guidelines on eligibility criteria, applicants should visitis not necessarily limited to them. A person employed in www.nerb.org.au/areas-of-practice.one occupational group may well demonstrate some ofthe attributes of another group; and different people may AEROSPACE ENGINEERINGperform the same role in different ways, for example, in Aerospace Engineering is concerned with aerodynamicsthe degree of initiative shown. and performance, aircraft stores, airports and ground systems, airways systems, cabin environment, cockpitThe integrity of the registration system is sustained ergonomics, communications systems, computer systemswhere applicants expect to be assessed against objective and avionics, crashworthiness, electrical systems,competency standards that take account of their electronic warfare, environmental effects, fire safety andknowledge and understanding as well as their workplace control, flight management systems, flight simulators,activities in a way that is both visible and defensible. flight navigation systems noise and acoustic effects, propulsions systems, radar systems, risk management,REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS satellite systems, software, structures, test flight control,Members of Engineers Australia and non-members who tracking systems, vehicle dynamics and vehicle launchregister on NPER/NETR/NEAR undertake to be bound by and recovery.Engineers Australia’s Code of Ethics and the DisciplinaryRegulations that underpin it. All registrants are required BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERINGto practise only within the limits of their competence Biomedical Engineering is concerned with research,and to maintain records of their Continuing Professional design, development, evaluation, manufacture,Development (CPD) for audit purposes. installation, operation, maintenance, management andChartered members and registered non-members, at control of biomedical devices, facilities and equipmentthe time of application, undertake to record a minimum designed to support and enhance human life and helpof 150 hours of CPD activities in any three-year period. individuals to overcome physical disabilities. It is alsoApplicants also must certify that they have spent a total concerned with the planning and assessment of medicalof at least one year during the last three years engaged procedures and the development of related data handlingin independent practice or working as an employee facilities. Applicants must have significant training inunder general direction or have been enrolled in a formal the life sciences, typically 80 hours of formal educationpostgraduate course directly related to their areas of or equivalent, and hold or have held a position ofpractice. Details of acceptable CPD activities, minimum professional responsibility in biomedical engineering.requirements and certain limitations can be found on the BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERINGEngineers Australia website at www.engineersaustralia.org.au/yourcpdaudit. Building Services Engineering is concerned with aspects of the built environment, involving air conditioningAREAS OF PRACTICE and mechanical ventilation, electrical light and power, fire services, Fire Safety Engineering, water and wasteTwelve general areas of practice are available for services, data and communications, security and accessregistration on the National Engineering Registers: control, vertical transportation, acoustics in buildings andAerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, energy management.Building Services Engineering, Chemical Engineering,Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental CHEMICAL ENGINEERINGEngineering, Information, Telecommunications, Chemical Engineering is concerned with research,Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, teaching, design, development, economics, manufacture,Structural Engineering, Naval Architecture and installation, operation, sales, maintenance andManagement. management of commercial scale chemical plants andFive specific areas of practice are currently available to process systems, industrial processing and fabrication ofpractitioners who are registered in an appropriate general products undergoing chemical and/or physical changesarea of practice on a National Engineering Register: being applied to materials for construction, processFire Safety Engineering, Heritage and Conservation systems and equipment for instrumentation and control,Engineering, In-service Inspection of Amusement Rides and protection of the environment. Applicants mustand Devices, Pressure Equipment Design Verification and have experience in the safety aspects of design and/orSubdivisional Geotechnics. operations. In addition, they must have experience in two of the following functions involving process systemsInformation on areas of practice can be found at and equipment: design, evaluation, operation, materialswww.nerb.org.au/areas-of-practice. selection and fabrication.18
  19. 19. CIVIL ENGINEERING Such managerial activities might typically includeCivil Engineering is concerned with materials such as general management in an engineering environment,steel, concrete, timber, earth and rock, and with their policy development, quality assurance and totalapplication in the research, design, development, quality management, design and delivery of trainingmanufacture, construction, operation, maintenance and programs, marketing of engineering products or services,management of hydraulic, structural, environmental financial or human resource management. You willand systems aspects of infrastructure works and services not normally be able to register in the managementsuch as water, sewerage, transport, urban development category unless you previously have gained sufficientand municipal services, and with building and experience in an engineering discipline and have metconstruction for other infrastructure industries. the requirements for registration in this engineering discipline. Subsequent to this experience you must haveELECTRICAL ENGINEERING acquired appropriate skills and knowledge in generalElectrical Engineering is concerned with research, design, management.development, manufacture, installation, operation, MECHANICAL ENGINEERINGmaintenance and management of equipment, plant andsystems within the electrical, electronic, communication Mechanical Engineering is concerned with design,and computers systems areas being applied to electrical development, research, evaluation, manufacture,power generation, transmission, distribution and installation, testing, operation, maintenance andutilization, manufacture, instrumentation and control management of machines, mechanical and mechatronicin industry, communications networks, electronic plant systems, automated systems and robotic devices,and equipment, integration and control of computer thermodynamic and combustion systems, fluid andsystems. thermal energy systems, materials and manufacturing equipment and process plant and materials handlingENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING systems. This is applied to manufacturing, land, seaEnvironmental Engineering is concerned with water and and air transportation, electricity generation, mining,waste water treatment and environmental management minerals and metals processing, food, agricultural and(including application or re-use and recycling), waste forest products processing, thermal and environmentalmanagement (including ecoefficiency and cleaner control systems in buildings and industry andproduction concepts, and life cycle assessment), refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Applicantssurface and ground water system environmental must have experience in the safety aspects of designmanagement (including water quality management), and/or operation of machines, plant, systems orcontaminated land assessment and remediation, processes and with noise, airborne and waterbornenatural resource management, environment protection, emission controls to reduce environmental impact.management and pollution control, environmental NAVAL ARCHITECTUREmanagement system design (including environmentalmanagement planning and auditing), environmental Naval Architecture is multidisciplinary in nature but,impact assessments and environmental information at its simplest: A Naval Architect is a Ship Designer.systems, natural systems accounting (including To expand on this: A Naval Architect is a Professionaleconomic evaluation), social impact analysis, community Engineer who is responsible for the safe design andconsultation and dispute resolution, sustainable specification of ships, boats and marine structure, bothassessment and management, and environmental policy civil and military, including merchant ships (cargo andformulation. passenger), warships, submarines and underwater vehicles, offshore structures (fixed and floating), highINFORMATION, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND speed craft, workboats and pleasure craft. The NavalELECTRONICS ENGINEERING Architect can also be involved in, or manage, theInformation, Telecommunications and Electronics construction, repair/refit or operation of such ships/Engineering is concerned with communications and marine structures.telecommunications systems and engineering, computer STRUCTURAL ENGINEERINGsystems engineering, software engineering, electronicsengineering, internet, microelectronics and optical fibre Structural Engineering is concerned with research,technology. planning, design, construction, inspection, monitoring, maintenance, rehabilitation and demolition ofMANAGEMENT permanent and temporary structures and structuralThis category is for practitioners who undertake systems and their components and with associatedfunctions recognised as being managerial rather than technical, economic, environmental, aesthetic andtechnical in content. Applicants seeking registration social aspects. Structures might include buildings,under the management category would be expected bridges, in-ground structures, footings, frameworks andto be undertaking activities which call upon their space frames, including those for motor vehicles, spaceengineering qualifications and experience. vehicles, ships, aeroplanes and cranes, composed of any structural material including composites and novel materials. 19
  20. 20. SPECIFIC AREAS OF PRACTICE consequences, with due regard for the safety, health andIf you also require registration in a specific area of welfare of the community.practice, you may apply for it concurrently with your The full range of engineering services demands a broadapplication for Chartered Status. However, you should spectrum of knowledge, skills and expertise fromnote that the evidence of competency you offer the engineering team which comprises Professionalin support of your application would then need to Engineers, Engineering Technologist and Engineeringdemonstrate that you have practiced independently Associates. The national engineering registration systemin the specific area and, in some cases, that you have provides guidance on the scope of practice withinundertaken certain required professional development its three occupational categories on the basis of theactivities. For further information applicants should refer following distinguishing attributes.to www.nerb.org.au/areas-of-practice.Alternatively, please contact an Engineers Australia office DISTINGUISHING ATTRIBUTESfor this information to be mailed to you. PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS Professional Engineers apply their lifelong learning,THE ENGINEERING REGISTRATION SYSTEM critical perception and engineering judgment to theGENERAL performance of engineering services. They challengeA registration system that distinguishes areas of current thinking and conceptualise alternativeengineering service and lists registered practitioners approaches, often engaging in research and developmentprovides a ready and reliable mean to confirm a of new engineering principles, technologies andpractitioner’s competence. Registration enables materials. Engineers apply their analytical skills and wellgovernment, industry and individual consumers to developed grasp of scientific principles and engineeringengage the appropriate professional person or team to theory to design original and novel solutions to complexperform the required engineering services. problems. Their disciplined and systematic approach to innovation and creativity, comprehension of risks andThere are three occupational categories in the benefits and informed professional judgment enablesengineering work force – Professional Engineer, them to select optimal solutions, justify and defend theEngineering Technologist and Engineering Officer selection to colleagues, clients and the community.(Associate). Members in these categories cooperatein various ways to perform engineering services. Their Registered Professional Engineers can be expected toactivities and competencies are often closely inter-related comprehend complexity, function independently andand it is difficult, and sometimes artificial, to say where display leadership within multi-disciplinary and cross-the responsibilities of one occupational category end and cultural teams. Within their engineering discipline, theythose of another begin. There are activities that could be will optimise costs and benefits to clients and communityundertaken in different circumstances by any member within identified constraints, while achieving desiredof the engineering team. Other activities are clearly the outcomes ethically, and within the context of a safeprovince of one occupational category and not of another and sustainable environment. They accept ultimate– for example, the province of a Professional Engineer responsibility for the selection and application of designbut not an Engineering Associate, or vice versa. This tools, implementation strategies and overall integrationdistinction will often be determined by the standard to and functionality of engineering projects and programs.which competency has been demonstrated against the ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGISTSAustralian Engineering Competency Standards Stage 2. Engineering Technologists exercise ingenuity,Some features of engineering are common to all three originality and understanding in adapting and applyingcategories. All engineering is about the application of a technologies, developing related new technologies ordistinctive body of knowledge, based on mathematics, applying scientific knowledge within their specialisedscience and technology. Engineering practice is integrated technical environment. Their education, expertise andwith business opportunity and risk management. Practice analytical skills equip them with a robust understandingcontinually evolves in the light of new theories, new of the theoretical and practical application of engineeringevidence and new experience, and specializes to a greater and technical principles. Within their branch ofor lesser extent in particular fields of application. technology, they contribute to the improvement ofAll registered engineering professionals observe standards and codes of practice, and the adaptation ofa common Code of Ethics, undertake to accept established technologies to new situations.responsibility for outcomes only within their area of Registered Engineering Technologists can be expectedcompetence and specifically commit to keeping up-to- to determine interactions between a technology and thedate through continuing professional development to system in which it operates, recognise and take accountsupport their engagement in delivering engineering of its suitability and manage associated technical risks.services. They deliver engineering outcomes thatminimise adverse social, economic and environmental20
  21. 21. Technologists accept responsibility for the detailed The Engineers Mobility Forum (EMF) has constituted antechnological requirements of their engineering International Recognition Agreement for Professionalservices with due regard to the fundamental properties Engineers. The International Register of Professionaland limitations of components and systems involved. Engineers is operated in Australia, Canada, ChineseThey may lead and manage teams engaged in the Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea,inspection, approval and certification of designs, tests, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Southinstallations and reliable operations. They identify Africa, the UK and the USA. Engineers registered on theproblematic circumstances, take remedial action and International Register may use the postnominal IntPEkeep colleagues, clients and community informed, (Aus).while ensuring performance-based criteria are satisfied A person who is registered on the National Professionalwithin a safe and sustainable environment. Engineers Register (NPER) has already met, to aENGINEERING OFFICERS (ASSOCIATES) significant extent, the requirements for enrolment on the APEC Engineer Register or on the IntPE (Aus)Engineering Associates apply their detailed knowledge Register. The APEC Handbook and Application Formof standards and codes of practice to selecting, can be found at www.nerb.org.au >Registers >specifying, installing, commissioning, monitoring, International.maintaining, repairing and modifying complex assetssuch as structures, plant, equipment, components COLLEGESand systems. Their education, training and experienceequip them with the necessary theoretical knowledge Colleges represent the learned-society functionand analytical skills for testing, fault diagnosis and of Engineers Australia. They are responsible forunderstanding the limitations of complex assets in maintaining, extending and promoting the body offamiliar operating situations. knowledge, formulating standards for accrediting university degree programs and practice competenciesRegistered Engineering Associates can be expected for admission to Chartered Status and Registration,to exercise engineering judgment within the scope of providing expert members of accreditation andaccepted standards and codes of practice to the design, assessment panels, promoting discipline-specificinspection, certification, safe operation and cost- continuing professional development, and mentoringeffectiveness of complex assets. They may supervise the development of graduate engineers.tradespeople, lead and manage teams and utiliseadvanced software and design aids to achieve practical There are currently eight Colleges of Engineersand reliable designs, installations and operations of Australia: Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical,complex assets. Environmental, Information Telecommunications and Electronics, Mechanical and Structural, which togetherINTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS broadly cover all areas of practice in engineering.Becoming a Chartered Member of Engineers Australia When you apply for Chartered Status (CPEng, CEngTmay allow you to join overseas institutions without or CEngO), you should also nominate a College. Thishaving to undertake further examination or interview. would indicate that you would be seeking CharteredEngineers Australia has negotiated mutual recognition Membership of this College, which covers your areaagreements with numerous overseas professional of engineering practice. For example, you may haveassociations that provide reciprocal membership. studied Mechanical Engineering but your work-This information can be found at related competencies could have been in Structuralwww.engineersaustralia.org.au Engineering. Your nominated College would therefore be “Structural”. You are able to nominate more than oneEngineers Australia is part of two multilateral College, however, your EPR must show that you haveinternational registers, the APEC Engineer Register gained experience in areas of practice covered by theand the EMF International Recognition agreement for College(s) you nominate.Professional Engineers – IntPE (Aus).The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) EngineerRegister is an initiative of the CommonwealthGovernment and Engineers Australia to facilitate crossborder mobility for Professional Engineers in the APECregion. An APEC Engineer Register has been establishedin Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China,Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, thePhilippines, Singapore, Thailand, the United States ofAmerica and Russia. 21
  22. 22. APPENDIX CPART 1 - STAGE 2 COMPETENCY UNITS, ELEMENTS AND DEFINING ACTIVITIES UNIT C1: Engineering Practice COMPULSORY DESCRIPTOR: This Unit requires members of the engineering team to apply a professional approach to a specific area of engineering practice. Element Defining Activities C1.1 Presents and develops a a. Practises in a field of engineering, in accordance with the code of ethics, as a professional image significant part of normal work duties b. Demonstrates use of appropriate engineering techniques and tools c. Produces outcomes that require innovative thought and intellectual rigour d. Publishes the outcomes of innovation in reports or professional papers e. Achieves recognition for engineering expertise from colleagues and clients f. Identifies opportunities to solve problems through applying engineering knowledge g. Demonstrates an awareness of environmental/community/political issues that would benefit from engineering input C1.2 Pursues continuing professional a. Reviews own strengths and determines areas for development development b. Plans for further professional development c. Undertakes engineering professional development activities d. Improves non engineering knowledge and skills to assist in achieving engineering outcomes C1.3 Integrates engineering with a. Interacts with appropriate professionals and specialists to achieve agreed other professional input outcomes and develop broader knowledge b. Seeks a range of information sources to develop and strengthen present engineering focus c. Challenges current practices to identify opportunities for improvement through a multi-disciplined, inter-cultural approach C1.4 Develops engineering solutions a. Identifies and proposes options to achieve engineering solutions b. Produces new concepts/design/solutions/methods c. Demonstrates the achievement of improvements in processes and outcomes d. Plans and manages the development of solutions e. Proposes means of testing, measuring and evaluating solutions f. Develops and applies new engineering practices on a regular basis C1.5 Identifies constraints on a. Identifies the interrelationship of social, physical, environmental, political, potential engineering solutions financial and cultural issues with the proposed engineering solutions b. Identifies professional risks, statutory responsibilities and liabilities c. Implements Occupational Health and Safety and other statutory requirements d. Identifies hazards and consequent risks, and initiates appropriate safety and disaster management measures e. Identifies long term environmental and sustainability issues associated with engineering activitiesNOTE: ALL ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED TO SATISFY THIS UNIT22
  23. 23. UNIT C2: Engineering Planning and Design COMPULSORYDESCRIPTOR: This Unit requires members of the engineering team to be involved in the interpretation ofrequirements, apply engineering principles, conceptualise options and apply creativity to development of plansand designs that meet the client’s requirements.Element Defining ActivitiesC2.1 Interprets and scopes design a. Negotiates and interprets the client’s requirementsrequirements b. Brings to the client’s attention the implications of sustainability and options for an improved environmental outcome c. Documents the requirements, negotiates and obtains agreement on acceptance criteria d. Analyses client requirements for the design criteria to ensure that all appropriate specification are included in the design requirements e. Reviews the design requirements by considering the impact of the plan/design of all development and implementation factors, including constraints and risks f. Selects and applies engineering standards and design specifications to write functional specifications which meet the requirements g. Defines and agrees the acceptance criteria with the clientC2.2 Prepares concept proposal and a. Applies innovative approaches to the development of possible designseeks advice on latest technology concepts, responding to imperatives such as sustainability b. Investigates and analyses the possible design concepts to achieve the design requirements c. Seeks advice from appropriate personnel and sources where the concept proposal has non standard engineering requirements d. Collaborates with the client to adapt the plan/design brief/concept to improve outcomes and overcome possible problems e. Advises the client of the likely impacts on the community f. Seeks advice on the latest technologiesC2.3 Implements planning and a. Arranges design tasks to meet the agreed outcomes and costdesign process structure b. Analyses and selects resources/processes/systems to develop the plan or design c. Develops and checks the design solution using the engineering specification d. Creates (when appropriate) a demonstration model of the design e. Establishes documentation management processC2.4 Reviews the design to achieve a. Reviews the design to ensure that user requirements are metacceptance b. Informs the user of the likely impact on the user’s lifestyle c. Incorporates corrections and makes improvements to the design ensuring social responsibilities, such as sustainability, are met d. Reviews the design with the client to gain documented acceptanceC2.5 Prepares and maintains a. Ensures that the supporting documentation required to implementdocumentation during the design the design is accurate, concise, complete and clearprocess b. Ensures that the designed item is identified by agreed design documentation/records c. Applies the agreed documentation control process when making changes to the design d. Ensures that the documentation for the design remains accurate and current during the design developmentC2.6 Validates design a. Prepares and implements plans to verify that completed physical work meets clients’ requirements b. Develops periodic test schedules to monitor performance and enable others to take any corrective action necessary c. Seeks feedback from the commissioning process to facilitate corrective actions or improvements d. Evaluates the performance of the design outcome in the user’s environment using appropriate tools e. Evaluates community reaction to the design outcomeNOTE: ALL ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED TO SATISFY THIS UNIT 23
  24. 24. UNIT C3: Self-Management in the Engineering Workplace COMPULSORY DESCRIPTOR: This Unit requires members of the engineering team to perform work competently, making judgments about work priorities and information requirements to achieve effective working relationships and engineering outcomes. Element Defining Activities C3.1 Manages self a. Manages own time and own processes b. Exercises initiative in the workplace c. Completes tasks in a competent and timely manner d. Demonstrates professional ethics as the opportunity occurs e. Copes with change C3.2 Works effectively with people a. Communicates effectively with others b. Recognises the value of cultural diversity and applies appropriate workplace practices for a viable workplace ecology c. Develops and maintains trust and confidence of colleagues, clients and suppliers through competent performance d. Seeks and values input from internal and external sources to enhance communication e. Mentors others in specific areas of engineering focus f. Builds and maintains network relationships that value and sustain a team ethic C3.3 Facilitates and capiltalises on a. Initiates opportunities to introduce change change and innovation b. Works with others to introduce change c. Develops creative and flexible approaches and solutions d. Manages emerging challenges and opportunities e. Manages in a manner to advance sustainability C3.4 Plans and manages work a. Prioritises competing demands to achieve personal, team and the priorities and resources organisation’s goals and objectives b. Prepares, monitors and reviews work plans, programs and budgets c. Plans resource use to achieve profit/productivity/sustainability/ environmental impact minimisation targets C3.5 Maintains customer focus a. Identifies client needs and relationships with clients/ b. Works in collaborative relationships with clients/suppliers in the planning stakeholders/suppliers/regulators and implementation of the project c. Demonstrates commercial awareness d. Manages the procurement process e. Negotiates to ensure that available capability meets requirements f. Provides regular and complete progress reports C3.6 Manages information a. Locates and reviews relevant information b. Applies relevant legislation, statutory requirements and standards c. Manages information relating to insurances, indemnities, and commercial instruments d. Documents processes and outcomes e. Analyses informationNOTE: ALL ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED TO SATISFY THIS UNIT24
  25. 25. UNIT E1A: Engineering Business Management ELECTIVEDESCRIPTOR: This Unit requires members of the engineering team to contribute to business strategies throughthe provision of specialist engineering knowledge and experience.Element Defining ActivitiesE1A.1 Contributes to a. Provides engineering analysis to contribute to the development of strategicengineering business plans and sustainabilitystrategies b. Integrates engineering objectives into business planning c. Seeks emergent business opportunities based upon engineering initiatives to create opportunities d. Works with others to develop engineering performance targets and financial plans e. Provides advice on engineering related costs and risks f. Implements processes to monitor and adjust team performance within the organisation’s continuous improvement policies g. Undertakes risk assessment within organisational guidelines h. Develops quality plans for engineering operations i. Applies whole of life costingE1A.2 Develops client a. Plans to meet internal and external clients’ engineering requirementsrelationships b. Ensures delivery of quality engineering products and services c. Seeks client feedback on the delivery of engineering products and services d. Monitors, adjusts and reports on the client service received e. Assists customers to identify sustainable options and implicationsE1A.3 Manages the a. Allocates roles and responsibilities to staff to achieve engineering plansimplementation of b. Provides engineering leadershipengineering plans within the c. Manages performance and standardsbusiness d. Contributes to the solution of engineering problems e. Monitors strategic engineering plans, goals and targets f. Manages costs g. Manages safety and quality h. Manages environmental issues i. Manages risks and contingenciesE1A.4 Manages resources a. Implements resources management plans b. Procures resources c. Manages asset maintenance d. Manages disposal, waste management and recycling plans e. Provides advice on engineering costs f. Contributes to the innovative management of resourcesE1A.5 Manages people a. Implements people management plans b. Monitors team and individual performance targets c. Participates in the selection of staff d. Ensures the provision of skills and competencies requested to meet business targets e. Manages the workplace culture so that staff work in a continual learning environment f. Ensures the adherence to ethical, OH&S and quality standards g. Provides performance feedbackE1A.6 Manages suppliers a. Participates supplier selection b. Prepares documents for engagement of suppliers c. Plans and implements monitoring of suppliersE1A.7 Manages business a. Indentifies and complies with all statutory reporting requirementsinformation b. Uses management information systems effectively to store and retrieve data for decision making c. Prepares and presents business plans/budgets in accordance with the organisation’s guidelines and requirementsE1A.8 Monitors engineering a. Establishes monitoring processes and feedback systems to ensure agreedbusiness performance targets are met b. Establishes monitoring and reporting processes to ensure statutory requirements are met c. Establishes and monitors processes so that continuous improvement is achieved at all levels of the businessNOTE: AT LEAST FIVE ELEMENTS MUST BE ADDRESSED TO SATISFY THIS UNITThe nature of this elective Unit, referring to the Descriptor above, requires that normally 5 out of 8 elements aredemonstrated and claimed in one CER to fulfill the essential requirement of this Unit. 25

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