Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia is the professional body and not-for-profit organisation dedicated to being the national body for Engineers and the advancement of Engineering in Australia. It holds a national register of engineers and provides a criteria of competency standards all engineers must demonstrate for membership.

 

These competency standards express the knowledge, skill base, engineering application abilities, professional skills, values and attitudes to practice as an engineer independently or unsupervised.

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Competency Standards

Professional Standards are important. Outlining the standards of practice make clear what society and peers hold deer in values and expectations of me as I practice as an Engineer. Engineering competencies are broken down into 4 main. My goal in my engineering practice it to is to uphold these elements of competency with continual review and self reflection to continued attainment of these elements of competency.

Personal Commitment

Deal with Ethical Issues

means you anticipate the consequences of your intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team; and means you demonstrate an ability to identify ethical issues when they arise and to act appropriately.

In my practice I reflect on the situations presented to me making decisions on the audience of the software I am developing. In collecting data I ensure the highest security protocols are used and ensure any persons personal detail are held with the highest of confidence. When in the process of development new challenges arise it is common to stop and reflect upon the impacts of the implementation.

 

At Jehbco I am currently building software that has the implication of process automation. I would not want the result of my software to replace skilled workers and provide sufficient consultation with stakeholders to ensure the software legacy will evolve with them and their practices. Although under confidentiality you can view the project brief here.

Practise Competently

means you assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to engineering activities

In my practise I do like o push boundaries and grow as an engineer. I do however remain mindful of the area I am competent in prior to my practise. I carry out my practice within the areas I am confident and qualified in. I won’t be building too many bridges for public use but I may be able to build you software to monitor its behaviour from sensor nodes nad analyse that data with ease and precision.

Responsibility for engineering activities

means you display a personal sense of responsibility for your work; and

 

means you clearly acknowledge your own contributions and the contributions from others and distinguish contributions you may have made as a result of discussions or collaboration with other people

I enjoy documenting my work while I the process and post process. This gives me the opportunity to refine my practice and think about what went well and what didn’t.

 

In doing this reflective activity I keep notes of who contributed what and how. This gives me a means of identifying value in contributions which one day I may need again. I also review the work of others in this practise which I find interesting to see how other approach and resolve problems and difficulties. This website is a testament to theism reflective process.

 

The IoT Summer Studio was a perfect example of documenting and reflecting the processes undertaken, click here to see how.

Obligation to community

Develop safe and sustainable solutions

means that you apply and implement current workplace health and safety requirements; and

means that you identify the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities; and

means that you anticipate and manage the short and long-term effects of engineering activities

I review the impacts of my engineering practice and asses what environmental, social and economic impacts it has. In work such as the project undertaken for The Wine Boutique and Maclean Water and Wine all governmental warnings and gateways are in place to protect those vulnerable in the community.

 

I try to design with purpose and manage projects for positive future impact.

Value In the Workplace

Communication

means you can communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate;

means you can speak and write, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience

I strongly believe communication is core to any team or individual practice. Currently my practice is under confidentiality obligations for particular projects. This confidence is extended to confidential credentials for company and business sensitive digital assets. I have upheld the trust those have in my confidentiality to those assets.

 

Keeping confidentiality proves leadership through trust. Communication in leadership is paramount to sucess. I have led many projects maintain strong communication skills through various channel including Trello, Git, Email or other digital team management software such as MS Teams or Zoom. This has been utilised for file sharing, division of labour and team/individual meetings.

 

Client communication not only builds trust but relationships. Assessing weather a clients enjoy being a part of the process or kept involved passively through periodic updates need establishment from that project start.

Taking Action

means that you initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities

Throughout my studies and professional practice, taking action has been my focus. I enjoy working with other and seeing the way a client or fellow team mate articulates a solution then being about to add to that. Bouncing ideas and finding intelligent innovative ways to overcome problems.

 

While working with McLean Water and Wine the client had an idea of what was wanted. I was able to work with the client to show innovatve ways of communicating their ideas.

 

I find sitting down with an idea, finding a clear direction the implementing it satisfying. While developing solutions for IoT devices at University we sat down and found the most appropriate available technology and subdivided modules for each team member to solve. Where one team member had finished their module they would help others with their area. This helped the entire team implement their solutions with Arduinos. All solutions were varied and innovative. They can be found here.

Technical Proficiency

Problem Analysis

means that you define, investigate and analyse engineering problems and opportunities

Listening is key, when you obtain your brief you ask questions of various stakeholders and distil the meaning behind their words to define your solution. Documenting your research throughout the process while showing your engagement in the stakeholders and problems will continually help review and refine your solution.

 

I am a firm believer that self education through rigorous research and analysis will continually grow and inform your engineering practice and decision making.

 

Sometimes the solution lies in something less obvious. When working with Dr Rodanski on Canopify we identified the need of the output of the algorithm and model being implemented to find a solution not previously explored. This solution gave us direct identification of problem subjects of the analysis. this would fulfil the brief in deployment and practise.

When working with The Wine Boutique, bulk database manipulation was required to populate saleable items. this was not initially seen as a solution but individually making edits to each item in the database would not be an efficient means of getting the online store available fast.

Creativity & Innovation

means that you develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

Think outside the box, don’t discredit solutions that are straight forward and work but I do love to build something “new”.

 

A perfect example of this was enterprise software developed for Jehbco manufacturing. Their systems hinged from masses of excel documents in some cases manual data transfer was needed between existing solutions and paper systems that persevered to stay in production. My brief was to automate some of these processes. Through investigation I found an appropriate programming language to satisfy the requirements of the existing software and continued to design and develop my solution away from programming in Visual Basic, copying and pasting data and spreadsheets. I proceeded to take the excel based system, porting it to an SQL database with various tables with my software interfacing between the factory paper based checklists, the existing software and management. This has minimised errors in data handling making the process more secure and efficient.

 

I also showed this through my Capstone Research project looking at predefined notions and implementations of existing solutions and integrating them for a real world business solution.

Becoming a Chartered Engineer shows recognition from the Engineering Industry Internationally that you are competent in your practice. There are 6 steps to becoming chartered and a minimum of 5 years experience. I am excited to attainment and share these competencies with you.