Engineering faculties in developing and assessing professional competencies for engineers in Australia

Goh, Steven and Bullen, Frank (2011) Engineering faculties in developing and assessing professional competencies for engineers in Australia. In: 39th SEFI Annual Conference: Global Engineering Recognition, Sustainability and Mobility (SEFI 2011), 27-30 Sep 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.

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The paper argues for Australian engineering faculties to develop a structured mechanism that supports the current drive towards chartered (professional) status and national registration system in Australia. This paper outlines the initial proposition for a postgraduate program at the Master level to achieve chartered status for engineers and engineering managers. A roundtable gathering of representatives from industry, academia, and profession was organized and provided input in the form a SWOT analysis on the concept and rationale behind the proposition, and is presented in this paper. A refined model is then presented in this paper that outline pathways for achieving chartered status (stage 2 competencies) via an Engineering Master program. But also pathways via an Engineering Doctorate program to achieve Engineering Executive (EngExe) status, recognition for achieving stage 3 competencies for senior engineering managers; and potentially the proposed EngExe (Technical), recognition for achieving stage 3 competencies for technical specialist. This paper argues the case for engineering faculties to be active in the development and assessment of engineers and engineering managers as part of the life-long learning approach that is demanded of modern professionals.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Society for European Engineering Education.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2012 04:11
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 00:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: postgraduate engineering education; engineering professional development; life-long learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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