Engineers Australia has introduced a new Construction Engineering Area of Practice (AoP) which will help maintain a high-quality construction engineering skills pipeline needed to meet the demands of the nation’s construction sector.
The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) has been leading the charge for an AoP, working closely with Engineers Australia since 2020. It is this collaborative effort over the past two years that sets the Construction Engineering AoP apart from others says Engineers Australia’s Chief Engineer Jane MacMaster FIEAust CPEng.
“[This AoP] has brought together a lot of hard-working people, which has culminated in an Area of Practice that’s really well supported. One of the key products that’s come out of that has been the Construction Engineering Learning and Development Guide,” said MacMaster
This guide and Engineers Australia’s Chartered credential competencies will serve as guidance for the engineering practitioners in Construction Engineering.
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.
The construction industry makes a significant contribution to the growth and development of every economy. It’s an industry that generates more than $360 billion in revenue, produces 9 per cent of Australia’s GDP and has a projected annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent in the next five years (Australian Industry & Skills Committee, January 2022). It is the construction industry that will help drive the post-COVID-19 recovery both in Australia and globally.
Professional Engineers, Engineering Technologists and Engineering Associates can now seek membership and Chartership in this new Construction Engineering AoP.
“The Construction Engineering AoP ensures Engineers Australia continues to lead the way in raising industry standards, regulation and the standing of our profession,” MacMaster said.