Four specialisations within the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics’ Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) have received full accreditation from Engineers Australia, the peak body representing professional engineering education and training.
The Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic and Mechanical Engineering specialisations are now fully accredited. The Software, Environmental and Mining Engineering specialisations remain provisionally accredited until the required number of students graduate.
Accreditation ensures academic institutions consistently meet national and international benchmarks, and engineering graduates of an accredited program are assured membership with Engineers Australia at the relevant career grade. They are entitled to reciprocal privileges by equivalent professional bodies overseas.
As part of its application for accreditation, a panel of representatives from Engineers Australia visited the Faculty in August 2015 and March 2016 to assess the course structure, teaching and learning spaces, research laboratory facilities and experience of students.
“I am delighted that the Faculty’s specialisations have been given full accreditation. Engineering is a diverse profession and this endorsement strengthens employability of our graduates and recognises qualified engineer status at a postgraduate level,” said Professor John Dell, the Faculty’s Dean.
With the introduction of a new course structure in 2012, accreditation recognises that our engineering pathway prepares graduates for entry to the profession and admission to membership of Engineers Australia,” said Professor Dell.
Professor Dell said accreditation is extremely important to students and our industry partners.
“Accreditation provides the evidence to prospective employers and partners that our graduates have achieved an internationally agreed standard of proficiency in engineering,” said Professor Dell.
Through Engineers Australia, the MPE is professionally recognised under the Washington Accord. Graduates can work as chartered professional engineers throughout Europe, and as professional engineers in the 17 countries of the Washington Accord.
Mary Schultz (Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics) (+61 8) 6488 1868