Masters in Engineering Practice

 

A post-graduate training pathway is being developed for engineers to build the technical and professional competence required in the engineering workforce. Currently no clearly defined pathway exists for this.

 

This qualification will be jointly delivered by the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury. The blended programme will offer learning opportunities and assessment in both academic and professional settings, giving the graduate a well-rounded competency, and real world ready knowledge and skills.  Attributes of the programme will be:

 

  • Agreed content to an agreed standard
  • Practioner focused
  • Technical and professional balance
  • Flexible delivery
  • Enrolment criteria: currently in practice, with at least 1 year experience
  • Nationwide delivery
  • Quality assured
  • Internally recognised.
     

The current thinking is the qualification will be made up of two postgraduate certificates, one a 4 paper technical certificate and the other a 4 paper professional certificate. The achievement of these resulting in a Masters or Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Practice.  Possible models include:

 

Recent updates

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Last updated: 24/09/15
 

TIMELINE

 

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PROGRESS FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS

 

• Engineering Design Reference Group Acceptance

• Acceptance in principle by IPENZ

• Full support given by UC/UoA

• Support shown by NZSEE/SESOC/NZGS

 

 

GOALS FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS

 

• Completion of business case

• Formation of establishment group

• Creation of curriculum team

 

 

CURRENT OBSTACLES

• Resistance by major consultancies

 

MITIGATION

• Visits to consultancies Larry Bellamy, Pierre Quenneville and Greg Preston

 

Figure 1: Training path of a professional engineer

 

 

 

          

 

Figure 2: Growing an engineer's competency

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 3: The first idea for the programme design

 

 

  

In addition the Quake Centre is promoting that the Geostructural College within the profession take leadership of ensuring the body of knowledge that the curriculum will be based on being kept up to date with current practice.

 

Who will benefit?

  • Recent graduates
  • Established engineers who wish to upskill
  • The broader industry and communities using services of engineers. 
  

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