Post-graduate engineering experience report

Apart from your qualification and level of experience, this report is the most important part of your application so due care and attention must be directed to it. You should take this as your interview or examination for admittance into the professional category. Please do give it the time it deserves.

Whenever you decide to write the required report on post-graduate engineering experience, please ensure you observe the following:

  1. Always write in the first person in order to highlight your involvement in the activities (i.e. use instead of we). For example: I constructed the proposed work breakdown structure and distributed it to my team to give feedback on through … 
  2. Address all the areas of competence according to your level
    1. If you are applying for Professional Technician credentials, please go here. (Appendix C of the Professional Application form)
    2. For Professional Technologist credentials, go here. (Appendix B of the Professional Application form)
    3. For Professional Engineer credentials, please go here. (Appendix A of the Professional Application form)
  3. Always pay special attention to address HOW you performed the tasks you are writing about
  4. Please consult Part 4 and Appendices A to D of the application form for detailed information. You can download it here or under the Downloads section on the site menu.

 Checklist for Professional Assessment of Engineers

Competence Element/Performance Indicators

  1. Problem Analysis – PRO: Define, investigate, and analyse engineering problems
    • Identifies and defines the scope of the problem
    • Investigates and analyses relevant information, products, projects, processes or systems using appropriate tools and techniques
    • Tests analysis for correctness of results
    • Conducts any necessary research and reaches substantiated conclusions
  2. Design or Development of Solutions – DDS: Design or develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems
    • Identifies needs, requirements, constraints and performance criteria
    • Develops concepts and recommendations that were tested against engineering principles
    • Consults with stakeholders to determine their expectations
    • Evaluates options and selects solution that best matched needs, requirements and criteria
    • Plans and implements effective, efficient and practical systems or solutions
  3. Evaluation – EVA: Evaluate the outcomes and impacts of engineering activities
    • Monitor and evaluate products, projects, processes or systems against set criteria
    • Determine criteria for verification, evaluation and review of engineering solutions, activities and programs
    • Evaluates outcomes to ensure decisions are based on sound evidence
  4. Responsibility for Decisions – RFD: Display a personal sense of responsibility for making decisions on part or all of engineering activities
    • Takes accountability for his decisions and for those for whom he is responsible
    • Accepts responsibility for his work and provides platform to assist others improve their work
    • Authorise engineering outputs based on due consideration and understanding of impact Seeks advise on matters falling outside his scope of education and experience
  5.  Manage Engineering Activities – MEA: Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
    • Contribute to successful proposals, bids, technical qualifications and tender documents for engineering activities.
    • Provide initiative and leadership in coordinating technical, commercial, social and environmental aspects of engineering activities implementation
    • Plans, schedules and organises projects effectively to deliver specified outcomes
    • Applies appropriate quality assurance, project management, production management, information management, maintenance management, planning systems techniques
    • Reports progress relative to agreed schedules, cost, deliverables and outstanding issues
    • Manages resources, including personnel, finance and physical resources
    • Manages conflicting demands and expectations
    • Keep and manage records to comply with set requirements
  6. Judgment – JUD: Exercise sound judgment in the course of his/ her engineering work
    • Demonstrates the ability to identify alternative options
    • Demonstrates the ability to choose between options and justify decisions
    • Supervise, monitor and evaluate the progress of technical work performed by others, diagnose deficiencies and negotiate appropriate remedial measures
    • Gains peers recognition for his ability to exercise sound engineering judgment
    • Seeks advice and decide on progression of work when faced with unexpected obstacles, performance deficiencies, impending or actual failure
  7. Communication – COM: Communicate efficiently, honestly and effectively with others in the course of his engineering work
    • Respect confidentiality obligations
    • Uses oral and written communication to meet the needs and expectations of his audience
    • Communicates using a range of media suitable to the audience and context to convey technical and non-technical concepts and ideas.
    • Operates effectively as a team member within multi-disciplinary teams (including other professions) and as a team leader
    • Build and maintain collaborative relationships with others gaining their respect, trust, confidence and willingness.
    • Lead and sustain discussions with others to coordinate and integrate their view to improve deliverables
    • Develops empathy and uses active listening skills when communicating with others
    • Operates effectively as a team member within multi-disciplinary teams (including other professions) and as a team leader
    • Provide feedback, suggestions and technical advice on relevant practical issues
  8. Identify, assess and manage risks – RISK: Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework to evaluate outcomes and impacts of engineering activities
    • Identify and assess risks
    • Establish and maintain a documented audit trail of technical and operational issues
    • Develops and implements risk management policies, procedures and protocols to manage safety and hazards
    • Devise ways to influence management of risks through appropriate risk management techniques (elimination, minimisation and avoidance)

 Checklist for Professional Assessment of Engineering Technologists

Competence Element/Performance Indicators

  1. Problem Analysis – PRO: Define, investigate, and analyse engineering problems
    • Identifies and defines the scope of the problem
    • Investigates and analyses relevant information, products, projects, processes or systems using appropriate tools and techniques
    • Tests analysis for correctness of results and trends leading to system improvements
    • Identifies opportunities to improve outcomes based on sound evidence
  2. Design and Development of Solutions – DDS: Develop and use technological solutions to address engineering problems
    • Develop and analyse alternative approaches to do engineering work
    • Choose appropriate technologies and equipment to deal with engineering problems
    • Develops concepts and recommendations that were tested against engineering principles
    • Consults with stakeholders on use and improvement of applications and systems
    • Evaluates options and selects solution that best matched needs, requirements and criteria
    • Implements effective, efficient and practical systems or solutions
    • Review opportunities to enhance products, processes, systems and services, assess viability and initiate action
  3. Evaluation – EVA: Evaluate the outcomes and impacts of engineering activities
    • Monitor and evaluate product, project or system against engineering criteria, specifications and impacts
    • Determine, clarify or adopt criteria for verification, evaluation and review of engineering solutions, activities and programs
    • Evaluates outcomes to ensure decisions are based on sound evidence
  4. Responsibility for Decisions – RFD: Adopt a personal sense of responsibility for your work
    • Takes accountability for his decisions and for those for whom he is responsible
    • Understand and interpret relevant standards and codes; statutory and regulatory frameworks governing your area of responsibility
    • Accepts responsibility for his work and utilise feedback from others
    • Authorise engineering outputs based on relevant standards and codes
  5. Manage Engineering Activities – MEA: Manage part or all of one or more engineering activities
    • Plan, manage, monitor and report progress on engineering activities to deliver specified plans and outcomes
    • Follow quality processes and procedures to achieve outcomes with minimal supervision
    • Reports progress relative to agreed schedules, cost, deliverables and outstanding issues
    • Manages resources, including personnel, finance and physical resources
    • Manage demands and expectations
  6.  Judgment – JUD : Exercise sound judgment in the course of his/ her engineering work 
    • Demonstrates the ability to identify alternative technologies to deal with engineering problems
    • Demonstrates the ability to choose between options and justify decisions
    • Gains peers recognition for his ability to exercise sound engineering judgment
    • Seeks appropriate advice and exercise sound engineering judgment when faced with unexpected events
  7. Communication – COM: Communicate clearly with others in the course of his engineering work
    • Respect confidentiality obligations
    • Uses oral and written communication to meet the needs and expectations of his audience
    • Communicates using a range of media suitable to the audience and context
    • Exercise informal leadership in coordinating the activities of diverse people who contribute to engineering activities
    • Treats people with respect
    • Develops empathy and uses active listening skills when communicating with others
    • Operates effectively as a team member within multi-disciplinary teams (including other professions) and as a team leader
    • Provide feedback, suggestions and technical advice on relevant practical issues
  8. Identify, assess and manage risks – RISK: Understand and can analyse risks within a hazard and risk framework to evaluate outcomes and impacts of engineering activities
    • Identify and classify risks
    • Maintain a documented audit trail of technical and operational issues
    • Follows and implements risk management policies, procedures and protocols to identify risks in order manage safety and hazards
    • Manage risks through appropriate risk management techniques (elimination, minimisation and avoidance)

Checklist for Professional Assessment of Engineering Technicians

Competence Element/Performance Indicators
  1. Problem Analysis – PRO: Identify, state and analyse engineering problems
    • Identifies and defines the scope of the problem
    • Analyses relevant information to determine expectations from stakeholders
    • Tests analysis for correctness of results and trends leading to system improvements
  2. Design or Development of Solutions – DDS: Use technological solutions to address engineering problems
    • Choose appropriate technologies and equipment to deal with engineering problems
    • Use new and emerging technological equipment, applications and systems
    • Operate and maintain engineering processes concepts and recommendations that were tested against engineering principles
    • Consults with stakeholders on use and improvement of applications and systems
    • Evaluates and selects solutions that best matched needs, requirements and criteria
  3. Evaluation – EVA: Evaluate the outcomes and impact of engineering activities
    • Monitor and evaluate products, projects, processes or systems against set criteria
    • Review and evaluate effectiveness of engineering activities
    • Determine, clarify or adopt criteria for verification, evaluation and review of engineering solutions, activities and programs
    • Use relevant information to ensure that engineering outcomes and decisions are based on sound evidence
  4. Responsibility for Decisions – RFD: Adopt a personal sense of responsibility for your work
    • Takes accountability for his decisions and for those for whom he is responsible
    • Understand relevant standards and codes; statutory and regulatory frameworks governing your area of responsibility
    • Accepts responsibility for his work and utilise feedback from others
    • Authorise engineering outputs based on relevant standards and codes
  5. Manage Engineering Activities – MEA: Manage part or all of one or more engineering activities
    • Provides leadership in coordinating technical aspects of engineering activities
    • Plans, manages, monitors and reports progress on engineering activities to deliver specified plans and outcomes
    • Follow quality processes and procedures to achieve outcomes with minimal supervision
    • Reports progress relative to agreed schedules, cost, deliverables and outstanding issues
    • Manages resources, including personnel, finance and physical resources
    • Manages conflicting demands and expectations
  6. Judgment – JUD: Exercise sound judgment in the course of his/ her engineering work
    • Demonstrates the ability to identify alternative options to deal with well-defined problems
    • Demonstrates the ability advise client or employer of limit of personal knowledge
    • Seek appropriate advice and exercise sound engineering judgment when faced with unexpected events
  7. Communication – COM: Communicate efficiently, honestly and effectively with others in the course of his work
    • Respect confidentiality obligations
    • Treats people with respect
    • Develops empathy and uses active listening skills when communicating with others
    • Operates effectively as a team member within multi-disciplinary teams (including other professions) and as a team leader
    • Interpret engineering requirements from drawings, specifications or codes to technical and non-technical personnel
    • Provide feedback, suggestions and technical advice on relevant practical issue
    • Operates effectively as a team member within engineering teams
  8. Identify, assess and manage risks – RISK: Understand and can analyse risks within a hazard and risk framework to evaluate outcomes and impacts of engineering activities
    • Identify and classify technical, safety and commercial risks
    • Record an audit trail of technical and operational issues
    • Follows and implements risk management policies, procedures and protocols to identify risks in order manage safety and hazards
    • Manage risks through appropriate risk management techniques (elimination, minimisation and avoidance)