The Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Engineers Australia, the Engineering 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 requires engineering graduates to have 12 weeks of ‘exposure to professional practice’.

From semester 1 2018, the EAIT Faculty is rolling out a new system to enable students to complete their professional practice requirement. This includes a transition from 60 days of professional practice to 450 hours of professional practice. These changes have been implemented to allow students to count a variety of activities in addition to professional practice under the supervision of a professional engineer towards their 450 hours of professional practice milestone. In some cases, courses/projects/placements completed within your degree may be counted.

The UQ Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Engineering and Master of Engineering rules state that a student must (a) complete 450 hours of professional practice approved by the Executive Dean, and (b) satisfactorily complete assessment pertaining to that professional practice as determined by the Executive Dean.

What is required?

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

450 Hours of Professional Practice

Minimum of 225 hours in an engineering environment
Remaining hours
Carried out assisting or under the immediate supervision of a professional engineer*



* A professional engineer is someone who has a four-year engineering degree accredited by Engineers Australia (EA) or an equivalent qualification that would permit EA recognition/membership as a professional engineer (i.e. meeting at least the Stage 1 competencies or an international equivalent). 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 Associate Dean (Academic). Email your request for approval to

Students can undertake any type of engineering practice when completing the minimum 225 hours in an engineering environment - i.e. the engineering work does not need to be in the same engineering discipline as 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, siblings and children. 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. 

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