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:

Visit the activity table

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 employability@eait.uq.edu.au

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.

4. Before placement starts: register your EPP hours

Congratulations on securing a placement/work experience! Prior to your placement you will need to fill in the relevant form for the experience you are undertaking.

The three different types of experiences are:

  1. Unpaid Engineering Professional Practice
  2. Paid Engineering Professional Practice
  3. Unpaid work experience (e.g. for IT and Architecture students)

Guidelines

Unpaid Engineering Professional Practice

Students undertaking approved unpaid Engineering Professional Practice to satisfy the Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Engineering or Master of Engineering requirements are covered under the University's insurance policy. UQ’s Certificates of Currency for insurance are available here.

To be covered by the UQ Insurance Policy, you will need to submit the Unpaid Engineering Professional Practice Placement Form to the EAIT Student Employability team via employability@eait.uq.edu.au for approval before undertaking unpaid professional practice. This form must be submitted at least 2 (two) days before commencing unpaid placements.

The University's insurance cover will not apply to placements undertaken without UQ approval. 

If you are undertaking an unpaid placement overseas, you must also register your trip through International SOS 

Play the video below to see how to complete the unpaid engineering professional practice form.

EAIT Student Employability Team: Video 1: Unpaid Professional Placement Form from UQ Communication & Arts on Vimeo.

 

Paid Engineering Professional Practice

Students undertaking a paid placement need to notify the faculty by filling in a Paid Placement Notification Form If you are being paid for work undertaken, you are considered an employee of the company and should be covered by your employers' insurance. 

Unpaid work experience

If you are undertaking non-mandatory unpaid work experience (IT or architecture students) an Unpaid Work Experience form must be submitted at least 2 (two) days before commencement to the EAIT Student Employability Team via employability@eait.uq.edu.au

Travel approval form

If you are travelling more than 50km from your usual place of residence that requires an overnight stay, for your placement, you must complete the EAIT Travel Approval Form. This form must be submitted and approved in order to be covered under UQ’s Travel Insurance. This form must be submitted a minimum of two weeks prior to your departure. Please note the travel form is not required if you are employed by the company.

Domestic Travel Form International Travel Form 

Remote Work Integrated Learning Placements

If you are undertaking your professional practice placement remotely, UQ would like to ensure that this is an effective and enriching learning experience to assist in gaining the skills and experiences you require for the professional workplace once you graduate. The Faculty will approve remote work-integrated learning placements if the following requirements are met:

  • Organisations must provide students with an adequate level of supervision – this being a minimum of two-three touchpoints per week when working full time, or equivalent for part-time work. This could include online video calls or phone discussions, however, the appropriate guidance and direction are required. Email communication does not qualify as one of these touchpoints.

  • Supervisors are required to have appropriate work or project planning systems in place which allow for effective online collaboration, inclusion and learning.
  • Students must be able to ensure they are in an environment that is safe and conducive for work and are required to complete the UQ Guidelines and Confirmation for Working from Home form.

It is your responsibility to do the appropriate investigation prior to commencing your placement to ensure that any remote working integrated learning placements meet the above requirements. If you will be claiming your hours for your engineering professional practice milestone, the Employability Team will be auditing remote working placements to ensure compliance, and if a placement does not meet these requirements, it will be rejected.

If you have questions related to these requirements, please contact the EAIT Student Employability Team.

Virtual Internships

If you are interested in undertaking a virtual internship to assist in building your experience for your engineering professional practice milestone, UQ offers some options for students. It is important to note, however, that you must check the suitability of the placement prior to the commencement of your internship. You should consult with the EAIT Employability Team prior to submitting an application for a virtual internship.

To determine whether your experience is eligible to claim against the Engineering Professional Practice milestone, please review the Engineering Professional Practice Activity Table and provide the EAIT Employability Team with the following information so the appropriate approvals can be sought prior to the commencement of your placement.

  • Which organisation are you undertaking your virtual internship with? (NB: this is not the virtual internship provider, but the actual organisation that you will be working with.)
  • What scope of work are you undertaking as a part of your internship?
  • What type of hours are you hoping to claim (i.e. type A or B) and under which category (refer to the Engineering Professional Practice Activity Table for more details)?
  • Who are you being supervised by and, if claiming type A hours, what qualifications do they hold?
  • How many hours are you hoping to claim if you complete the virtual internship?

Please provide the above information to the EAIT Student Employability Team for review prior to the commencement of your placement.

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