The Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

All UQ Bachelor of Engineering students are required to complete a minimum of 60 days of professional practice prior to graduation.

Engineers Australia, the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) accrediting body, states that “exposure to professional engineering practice is a key element in differentiating a professional engineering degree from an applied science degree” and that “professional practice exposure must be considered as an integral learning activity within the educational design process and make a significant contribution to the delivery of educational outcomes”.

UQ upholds these elements through the requirement for all undergraduate engineering students to complete a minimum of 60 days of professional practice, with an aim of producing graduates with the experience and confidence to gain employment in the engineering industry.

What is required?

The 60 days of professional practice can be broken into two parts as outlined below:

 

Students can count any type of engineering work towards their professional practice milestone i.e. the engineering work does not need to be in the same engineering discipline as that of which you are studying.

* A professional engineer is someone who has a four-year engineering degree accredited by Engineers Australia (EA) or someone with EA recognition/membership as a professional engineer (i.e. meeting at least the Stage 1 competencies or an international equivalent).

Students who have undertaken industry placements or work experience as part of previous engineering degree or diploma studies may be exempted. Enquiries and applications for exemption are to be directed to the EAIT Faculty Academic Office.

Students undertaking the equivalent of an #8 industry placement as part of the integrated Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Engineering will be deemed to have met the professional practice requirement.

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, siblings and children. Examples of close associates are friends and neighbours.