Re-engineered master's to produce more qualified engineers
11 September 2012
A re-engineered postgraduate engineering program at the University of Sydney has received full accreditation from Engineers Australia, making it unique in Australian universities.
Engineers Australia, the industry peak governing body, said the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) will help meet the growing demand from industry for qualified engineers.
Professor Archie Johnston, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and Chair of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Education Forum said the accreditation of the MPE was an important step towards addressing the engineering skills shortage highlighted in a recent Senate Committee report.
"We created the program with a view to producing qualified engineers from a broader pool of applicants, graduates with knowledge and skills in related disciplines, particularly science.
"We also wanted to create opportunity for engineers to cross seamlessly into different engineering fields, and for overseas engineering graduates with non-accredited qualifications to enhance their qualification and practice engineering in Australia," says Professor Johnston.
The MPE now has fully accredited programs in Chemical and Biomolecular, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Power and Structural Engineering.
Professor Johnston said: "This accreditation means the qualifications of these graduates will be recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance. It will open up a world of job opportunities."
New graduate Michelle Liu said the accreditation of this course has substantially expanded her career horizons. Now working as a risk and safety engineer, Michelle completed an undergraduate degree in India before transferring to the University of Sydney.
"My undergraduate degree was a combination of a science and engineering degrees, and focused more on the science aspects, such as microbiology, genetics, cellular biology, bioethics, with a few chemical engineering based courses thrown in. I wanted to build a stronger foundation in chemical engineering and work professionally as an engineer. The master's program has not only provided me with the additional technical skills required but the management and leadership capability to progress my career.
Executive Director of Engineers Australia's Sydney Division, Steve Finlay says:
"We strongly encourage educational institutions to seek accreditation of this class of engineering master's program. Graduates are fit to enter practice as professional engineers and enjoy the recognition, mobility and professional-development benefits that an accredited qualification ensures."
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