This week, we complete the first of the three parts of the (Professional Engineer) Summary Statement document for the Engineers Australia Migration Assessment, with the sixth element of competency.
Section 1.6: “Understanding the scope principles, norms, account abilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the engineering discipline.”
As always, let's analyze the title of this section first so that we know what we need to focus on for this part. The sixth section calls for the highlighting of the applicant's understanding around standards, norms, code sets, and globally established engineering methods of practice in the engineering discipline. To remind, engineering disciplines are: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering etc.
What this means is that the applicant has to demonstrate the knowledge of engineering standards that are applicable in several different aspects of a project such as work safety, environmental protection, legislative requirements and limitations, engineering design methodology and common practice. The applicant must also showcase basic project management activities, as well as the capacity to manage resources effectively.
There are six indicators that can be referred to fill the sixth element and those are:
a.) Applies systematic principles of engineering design relevant to the engineering discipline.
Example: I performed the embodiment design before proceeding to detailed drawings to determine if the draft concept was efficient enough.
Example: I used different design layers for the HVAC and the electric circuitry network in AutoCAD. This helped the printing of independent schematics for their distribution to different teams of technicians.
b.) Appreciates the basis and relevance of standards and codes of practice, as well as legislative and statutory requirements applicable to the engineering discipline.
Example: For the design of the new communications antenna, I considered the suggested specifications provided by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 145-2013 standards.
Example: I designed and commissioned the new turning machine production line in full accordance with the ISO (International Standards Organization) 23125:2015 standards.
c.) Appreciates the principles of safety engineering, risk management and the health and safety responsibilities of the professional engineer, including legislative requirements applicable to the engineering discipline.
Example: During the project works, I ensured that all procedures respected the limitations set by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) international regulations.
Example: As the hauling trucks were old and didn't feature any protective equipment, I designed, manufactured and installed steel rollover bars to protect the drivers in case of a road accident.
d.) Appreciates the social, environmental and economic principles of sustainable engineering practice.
Example: I designed a filtering system that purified the toxic air that was generated during the plastic molding stage, so it could be deposited into the environment without the company having to pay the environmental encumbrance fees.
Example: I modified the piping system in such a way that the previously discharged hot water from the production line would be re-circulated once more through the offices, thus lowering the heating costs for the company.
e.) Understands the fundamental principles of engineering project management as a basis for planning, organizing and managing resources.
Example: During our meetings, I distributed work tasks equally to all participants. This helped finish the project in time.
Example: I used Microsoft Primavera to plan the project activities and develop the most efficient schedule based on the available resources.
f.) Appreciates the formal structures and methodologies of systems engineering as a holistic basis for managing complexity and sustainability in engineering practice.
I followed engineering design change methodology in all of my projects, to manage work efficiently and keep track for future reference.
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