The Engineering accrediting body Engineers Australia, states that 'exposure to professional engineering practice is a key element in differentiating a professional engineering degree from an applied science degree' and requires engineering graduates to have exposure to professional practice.

Who is required to complete Engineering Professional Practice?

All UQ Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Engineering and Master of Engineering students.

What am I required to complete to graduate?

  1. Complete 450 hours of professional practice approved by the Faculty, and;
  2. Satisfactorily complete five (5) reflections from your Engineering Professional Practice experiences, referring to the Engineers Australia competencies. See more information here: Reflection Assessment Writing guidelines;

The 450 hours of professional practice can be broken into two parts as outlined below:

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450 hours of professional practice

Type A hours
Type B hours

A minimum of 225 hours in an engineering environment under a degree qualified engineer to be claimed for Type A hours

Remaining hours can be made up of a range of allowable professional practice activities.

*you can claim all 450 hours (type A hours) in an engineering environment under the supervision of a Degree Qualified Engineer. 225 hours is the minimum amount of Type A hours you must attain.

Examples of what you can claim

  • Up to 75 hours of paid work outside of an engineering environment may be claimed– i.e. working at Kmart or McDonalds. (Category 3)
  • Significant industry exposure through pre-approved UQ Courses (Category 5)
  • Up to 75 hours of tutoring at UQ may be claimed, including tutoring in a non-engineering course (category 4)
  • Up to 75 hours of engineering-related site visits may be claimed, approved site visits (category 6)
  • Up to 160 hours may be claimed through an approved study tour (category 9)

And much more!! 

*A professional engineer is someone who is degree qualified in engineering. Supervisors that do not hold an engineering qualification but hold an equivalent or related qualification may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Faculty. Email your request for approval to

When completing hours in an engineering environment, students can undertake any type of engineering practice – i.e. the engineering work does not need to be in the same engineering discipline that you are studying. Engineering practice may be undertaken in Australia or overseas.

You cannot be supervised by a near relative or close associate as this would be a conflict of interest. Examples of near relatives are parents, partners and siblings. Examples of close associates are friends and neighbours.

Students who have undertaken industry placements or work experience as part of previous engineering degree or diploma studies may be able to claim these hours. 

Students submitting official documentation in a language other than English to support an EPP claim in any category - need to submit the original document AND the English translated version (exact translation, not an extract). The translated document needs to be translated by a registered NAATI qualified translator and the translated version needs to have the NAATI stamp imprinted on the translated document. You can find a NAATI qualified translator here.

3. How to find professional practice

It is your responsibility to find your own professional practice. Here are a few of the many ways you can find your Professional Practice. 

The EAIT Student Employability Team aim to provide you with the support to do this through the following ways: 

  • One-on-one consultations to discuss topics related to your resume, cover letter, job applications, job search strategies through to how to submit your professional practice hours. Book a consultation.
  • Delivering employability related workshops
  • Arranging Employers on-campus events where you can hear from industry on employability and recruitment related topics
  • Advertising student opportunities via the EAIT Student Employability Facebook Group
  • The Student Preparation Kit (PDF, 24.2 MB) is a useful resource for preparing tips on resumes, cover letters, interviews, networking, LinkedIn and more!

Here are some further resources that will assist you in finding professional practice:

  • UQ StudentHub
  • GlobalGrad advertises opportunities specifically for international students
  • Undertake UQ’s free online employability course Employ101x: Unlocking your Employability (remember to use your UQ email address when registering)
  • Seek and CareerOne – sign up for alerts so you are alerted when suitable jobs become available
  • Keep an eye on websites such as GraduateOpportunities.comGradConnection and GradAustralia for the dates key graduate and vacation programs open as well as handy job-related resources
  • Use your network! Up to 80% of jobs are not advertised and uncovering these opportunities often comes down to who you know! Talk to family, friends, colleagues and peers. Who do they know? Continue to build your professional network by attending industry events  
  • Create a good LinkedIn profile and start building your online network. LinkedIn is a great tool to identify key contacts in your industry. Check out the LinkedIn for Students clip on YouTube.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of a position, please speak to the EAIT Student Employability Team.

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