Demonstrating experience and competence

To be considered eligible, you must have completed at least five years of relevant work experience in the area relevant to the discipline in which you seek registration. This experience must have been gained within the last five to seven years.

When submitting your application, you’ll be required to upload a detailed Curriculum Vitae. This document will need to be detailed enough for our assessors to make informed decisions about your eligibility.

Your CV should provide:

  • Names of your Employers/Organisation;
  • Summary of the services/products provided by each employer/organisation;
  • Job titles;
  • Length of employment;
  • Brief description of your roles;
  • And examples of your work activities at each employer/organisation.

Your work experience should outline your use of theories, concepts, and practices to solve real world problems related to your discipline.

If you need to start a new CV, you can download our CV template here.

Disciplines

Civil engineers are fundamental to the planning, designing, construction, operation and maintenance of key infrastructure such as buildings, airports, factories, roads, bridges, railways, transportation systems, dams, sewerage, harbours, canals and dockyards (DEEWR 2013).

Work Experience

Applicants shall have a minimum of five years’ work experience, as a civil engineer, in areas such as:

  • Plan, design and supervise the building of roads, bridges and railways to ensure vital transportation infrastructure.
  • Adhere to applicable processes and practices to ensure realisation of civil infrastructure and services.
  • Evaluate civil design solutions against the requirements of original specifications.
  • Interpret and apply Australian Building Codes and relevant Australian Standards during the design of civil infrastructure.
  • Participate in detailed engineering design involving mathematical calculations, writing of specifications and drafting of drawings specific to major civil infrastructure.
  • Plan, design and oversee the construction of high-rise buildings, apartments, stadiums, shopping complexes, airports, hospitals and entertainment centres.
  • Maintenance management of existing harbours, canals, dockyards and airports.
  • Perform computer-simulated modelling and analyse resultant data on behaviour of key components and systems used in civil works.
  • Supervise para-professionals, technicians and construction workers during the implementation of civil engineering projects.
  • Assess condition of existing civil infrastructure and write reports highlighting recommendations on safety, maintenance, refurbishment, remaining life expectancy and demolition.
  • Write plans, standards, procedures, work instructions and forms.
  • Plan and carry out demolition of old buildings using implosion.
  • Review and propose amendments to Australian Building Codes and relevant Australian Standards.
  • Specify, evaluate and purchase engineering products and services.
  • Improve existing engineering products, processes and services.
  • Create an awareness of new civil technology and where applicable, attain intellectual property rights.
  • Liaise with mechanical, structural and electrical engineers to ensure optimum integration of civil infrastructure with other services.
  • Liaise with project stakeholders such as clients, end-users, contractors, suppliers and government agencies to facilitate effective and efficient communications.
  • Listen carefully to project clients and sponsors in order to gain an understanding of requirements that feed into the engineering design process.

(AusIMM 2013, DEEWR 2013, Engineers Australia 2013, IBISWorld 2012, IET 2013).

Electrical engineers are professionals that undertake design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of electrical systems and machines used in power generation, electricity distribution, communications, process control, manufacturing and lighting applications (DEEWR 2013).

Work Experience

Applicants shall have a minimum of five years’ work experience, as an electrical engineer, in areas such as:

  • Design, install, maintain and operate equipment and systems used in large electrical power generation plant in connection with coal-fired and hydro-type power stations.
  • Manage the processes applicable to ensure the safe, stable, reliable and economic generation of electrical energy using conventional and/or renewable methods.
  • Design, install, maintain and operate equipment and systems used in the transmission and distribution of electricity across Australia’s electricity network.
  • Manage the processes applicable to ensure the safe, reliable and economic transmission and distribution of electrical energy across Australia’s electricity network.
  • Interpret and apply relevant Australian Standards and international standards during the design of electrical systems and components.
  • Review and propose amendments to relevant Australian Standards and international standards.
  • Oversee the installation, commissioning and maintenance of generators, turbines, electrical drives, motors, transformers, bus bars, switchboards and control systems.
  • Design electrical systems consisting of main switchboards, distribution boards and electrical cabling.
  • Design and maintain lighting systems for office complexes, shopping centres, hospitals, stadiums, train stations, roadways, airfields and tunnels.
  • Design and maintain electrical signalling for railways.
  • Design and oversee the manufacture of electrical components and electronic systems.
  • Installation and programming of SCADA and PLC systems to ensure control of process plant and assembly lines.
  • Participate in detailed engineering design involving application of theory, mathematical calculations, writing of specifications and drafting of drawings specific to electrical components, cables, systems and major electrical engineering infrastructure.
  • Adhere to applicable electrical engineering processes and practices to ensure realisation of products and services.
  • Evaluate electrical design solutions against the requirements of original specifications.
  • Write plans, standards, procedures, work instructions and forms.
  • Investigate and document the causes of major electrical failure, and provide subsequent recommendations on how to eliminate future occurrences of failure.
  • Specify, evaluate and purchase engineering products and services.
  • Improve existing engineering products, processes and services.
  • Create an awareness of new electrical and electronic technology and where applicable, attain intellectual property rights.
  • Liaise with civil, mechanical and structural engineers to ensure optimum integration of electrical systems with other services.

(AusIMM 2013, DEEWR 2013, Engineers Australia 2013, IBISWorld 2012, IET 2013).

Information/Telecommunications professionals develop, modify, test and support computer software, hardware and communication technologies. Their work may encompass software applications, databases, websites, mission critical systems, networks, servers, personal computers and peripheral devices (IBISWorld 2013). A vast number of roles are covered by RPEng accreditation in information and telecommunications. These include communications engineer, network engineer, software engineer, computer systems engineer, systems engineer, analyst programmer and software architect.

Work Experience

Applicants shall have a minimum of five years’ work experience, as an information technology/telecommunications professional, in areas such as:

  • Research and develop antennas, waveguides and satellite dishes.
  • Research and develop wireless and cable communications systems.
  • Research and develop digital signal processing technologies ensuring faster data transfer rates and higher quality voice communications.
  • Review existing wireless and cable communications services used by business and draft reports recommending alternate products in order to improve the level of service at a lower cost.
  • Interpret client documentation and prepare hardware requirements specifications for use by hardware engineers.
  • Design computer and communications systems based on the functional requirements detailed in hardware requirements specifications.
  • Review existing computer hardware and software infrastructure within companies and propose new systems in order to gain competitive advantages through automation, productivity and process streamlining.
  • Develop and test mission-critical systems composed of hardware and software.
  • Interpret client documentation and prepare software requirements specifications for use by software engineers.
  • Draft and apply waterfall models, spiral models, Nassi-Schneiderman models, use case diagrams and activity flow diagrams in the development of software applications.
  • Design software applications based on the functional requirements in software requirements specifications.
  • Install, configure and develop database systems and front end applications to satisfy the information management needs of businesses.
  • Adhere to applicable processes and practices to ensure realisation of information technology products and services.
  • Evaluate information technology and telecommunications design solutions against the requirements of original specifications.
  • Specify, evaluate and purchase information technology and telecommunications products and services.
  • Improve existing information technology and telecommunications products, processes and services.
  • Create an awareness of new technology and where applicable, attain intellectual property rights.
  • Analyse and automate paper-based business processes in order to achieve increases in productivity and reductions in costs.

(AusIMM 2013, DEEWR 2013, Engineers Australia 2013, IBISWorld 2012, IET 2013).

The Management discipline of RPEng accreditation is available to those with qualifications in any field of engineering who satisfy the additional requirements listed for RPEng (Mgt). Typically, as a result of their career progression, these engineers may be less involved in the technicalities of their original discipline and more involved in staff management, strategy and business operations (AusIMM 2013).

Work Experience

Engineering applicants shall have a minimum of five years’ work experience, as a manager, administrator and/or supervisor, in areas such as:

  • Draft company vision and mission to provide strategic objective, organisational purpose and direction for the business. Ensure all employees understand how their role and daily activities fit into the company vision and mission.
  • Establish and maintain an organisational culture that is caring, friendly and supports diversity in order to improve the reputation of engineering as a profession.
  • Involvement in business decision making in the capacity of an executive or non-executive member of an engineering firm’s board of directors.
  • Determine, evaluate and incorporate the critical success factors related to your industry and company.
  • Devise and implement strategy at an alliance/partnership, corporate, operating unit or functional department level.
  • Partake in business development and marketing functions of engineering firm.
  • Identify and subsequently commence business activities in new growth areas of engineering.
  • Assess the product and service needs of various market segments, and write marketing strategies.
  • Evaluate and understand the threat of new entrants, industry rivalry, use of substitutes, supplier power and buyer power.
  • Perform SWOT, PESTEL, gap, competitor, cost-benefit, financial ratio and trend analysis.
  • Write proposals for projects involving the delivery of civil, mechanical, structural and/or electrical engineering services.
  • Assess project financial net value to the business in order to determine whether the project is a good investment option.
  • Assess the initial investment cost and forecast investment cash flow returns in relation to the procurement of new equipment, machinery and plant.
  • Assess the budget and human resource requirements of projects.
  • Liaise with Chartered Accountants (CA) or Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) during preparation of half-yearly and annual financial reports: balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement and statement of changes in owners’ equity.
  • Liaise with Chartered Accountants (CA) or Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) during evaluation of the financial performance of a company by combined interpretation of balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement and statement of changes in owners’ equity.
  • Perform project risk assessments.
  • Manage multi-disciplined project teams delivering civil, mechanical, structural and/or electrical services.
  • Provide project management services in order to deliver projects on time, to budget and to required quality standards.
  • Carry out project management activities involving scope of work, key stakeholders, schedules, resources, deliverables, costs and quality.
  • Assess and gather the necessary resources required to provide products, processes and services.
  • Draft reports, studies, tenders, procedures, work instructions, forms, letters of correspondence and minutes of meetings.
  • Learn from feedback on products, processes and services in order to improve best practices.
  • Manage the daily business operations of engineering departments and companies encompassing the functions of research, development, production, quality management, information technology, and maintenance.
  • Establish and maintain quality systems accredited to ISO 9000 and/or EFQM in order to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Interpret, negotiate, agree on and administer contracts.
  • Lead and manage work teams.
  • Appraise the performance of teams and individuals in order to identify the need for training and development.
  • Contribute to the training and development of staff.
  • Prepare and present seminars to managerial and technical audiences.
  • Identify, develop, implement and maintain systems to safeguard health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Evaluate costs and benefits of systems necessary for health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Evaluate costs and benefits of systems necessary to protect the environment.
  • Carry out environmental risk and impact assessments.
  • Establish and maintain environmental management systems (ISO 14000).
  • Create an awareness of new technology and where applicable, attain intellectual property rights.

(AusIMM 2013, DEEWR 2013, Engineers Australia 2013, IBISWorld 2012, IET 2013).

Additional qualifications

Applicants for accreditation in the management discipline must provide additional information to support their application. You should provide:

  1. A certified copy of your Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA), Project Management, or Commerce as offered by a recognised Australian university, or
  2. A statement of a satisfactory combination of both management experience and education and training deemed equivalent by an Assessor.

Mechanical engineers are those engineering professionals who plan, design, install, operate and maintain mechanical machines and systems that may include cranes, weigh bridges, lifts, conveyors, air conditioning plants, production plants, ventilation systems, lathes, hoppers, pipelines and wind turbines, and manufacturing systems. (DEEWR 2013).

Work Experience

Applicants shall have a minimum of five years’ work experience, as a mechanical engineer, in areas such as:

  • Plan, design and supervise the manufacture and installation of cranes, weighbridges, lifts, conveyors, air conditioning plants, production plants, robotics, ventilation systems, lathes, hoppers, pipelines and wind turbines.
  • Maintenance management of existing mechanical plant and equipment.
  • Interpret and apply relevant Australian legislation, Australian Standards and International Standards during the design of mechanical systems.
  • Participate in detailed engineering design involving application of theory, mathematical calculations, writing of specifications and drafting of mechanical drawings specific to mechanical components, machinery and plant.
  • Perform computer-simulated modelling and analyse resultant data on reaction of key mechanical systems subjected to loads and natural forces.
  • Adhere to applicable mechanical engineering processes and practices to ensure realisation of products and services.
  • Evaluate mechanical design solutions against the requirements of original specifications.
  • Supervise para-professionals, technicians and mechanical tradespeople during the manufacture and installation of mechanical systems.
  • Assess the condition of existing mechanical machinery and write reports highlighting recommendations on safety, maintenance, remaining life expectancy and replacement.
  • Write plans, standards, procedures, work instructions and forms.
  • Review and propose amendments to relevant Australian legislation, Australian Standards and International Standards.
  • Investigate and document the causes of mechanical failure, and provide subsequent recommendations on how to eliminate future occurrences of failure.
  • Specify, evaluate and purchase engineering products and services.
  • Improve existing engineering products, processes and services.
  • Create an awareness of new mechanical technology and where applicable, attain intellectual property rights.
  • Liaise with civil, structural and electrical engineers to ensure optimum integration of mechanical systems with other services.

(AusIMM 2013, DEEWR 2013, Engineers Australia 2013, IBISWorld 2012, IET 2013).

Structural engineers undertake the activities of design, installation, test and maintenance of the framework used in buildings, bridges, towers, cranes, tunnels, sound shells, and various plant (DEEWR 2013).

Work Experience

Applicants shall have a minimum of five years’ work experience, as a structural engineer, in areas such as:

  • Plan, design and supervise the construction of structural framework for buildings, bridges, tunnels or railways.
  • Plan, design, manufacture and test the structural framework of motor vehicles, ships and aircraft.
  • Design and maintain mobile and fixed cranes.
  • Interpret and apply relevant Australian legislation, Australian Standards and International Standards during the design of structures.
  • Participate in detailed engineering design involving application of theory, mathematical calculations, writing of specifications and drafting of structural drawings specific to major civil infrastructure.
  • Adhere to applicable structural engineering processes and practices to ensure realisation of products and services.
  • Evaluate structural design solutions against the requirements of original specifications.
  • Maintenance management of existing framework used by bridges, jetties, cranes, storage tanks and towers.
  • Perform computer-simulated modelling and analyse resultant data on reaction of key structural systems subjected to loads and natural forces.
  • Supervise para-professionals, technicians and construction workers during the fabrication and installation of structural systems.
  • Assess the condition of existing structures and write reports highlighting recommendations on safety, maintenance, remaining life expectancy and replacement.
  • Write plans, standards, procedures, work instructions and forms.
  • Review and propose amendments to relevant Australian legislation, Australian Standards and International Standards.
  • Investigate and document the causes of major structural failure, and provide subsequent recommendations on how to eliminate future occurrences of failure.
  • Specify, evaluate and purchase engineering products and services.
  • Improve existing engineering products, processes and services.
  • Create an awareness of new structural technology and where applicable, attain intellectual property rights.
  • Liaise with civil, mechanical and electrical engineers to ensure optimum integration of structural systems with other services.

(AusIMM 2013, DEEWR 2013, Engineers Australia 2013, IBISWorld 2012, IET 2013).

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