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Construction engineers get recognition

Engineers Australia has established a new Engineering Area of Practice for Construction Engineers.

Engineers working in the construction industry will soon be able to register as a Chartered Construction Engineer, following a decision by professional body Engineers Australia.

The body has introduced Construction Engineering as an Area of Practice (AoP) within its National Engineering Register – setting out to help build a construction engineering skills pipeline to help meet the future needs of the sector.

Other AoPs include Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Fire Safety, Building Services and Structural Engineering.

Professional engineers, engineering technologists and engineering associates can seek to become registered in one or more areas of practice.

Being a Chartered Engineer in construction engineering recognises an engineer as having the necessary skills and knowledge, based on international benchmarks for engineering competencies, to practice independently in construction engineering.

Engineers Australia’s Chief Engineer Jane MacMaster says Engineers Australia has been working with closely with the Australian Constructors Association (ACA) for the past two years to build the AoP, saying this collaborative effort sets it apart.

“[This AoP] has brought together a lot of hard-working people, which has culminated in an Area of Practice that’s really well supported,” she says.

The Construction Engineering Learning and Development Guide, developed by both groups as a guide to career progression for those in Construction Engineering was one of the best things to come out of the discussions, she added.

MacMaster added that the guide, paired with Engineers Australia’s Chartered credential competencies, would serve as guidance for the engineering practitioners in Construction Engineering.

“The Construction Engineering AoP ensures Engineers Australia continues to lead the way in raising industry standards, regulation and the standing of our profession,” she says.

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