1. PE1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of
the underpinning natural and physical sciences and
the engineering fundamentals applicable to the
a. Engages with the engineering discipline at a
phenomenological level, applying sciences and
engineering fundamentals to systematic investigation,
interpretation, analysis and innovative solution
of complex problems and broader aspects of
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics,
numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and
information sciences which underpin the engineering
b. Develops and fluently applies relevant investigation
analysis, interpretation, assessment, characterisation,
prediction, evaluation, modelling, decision making,
measurement, evaluation, knowledge management
and communication tools and techniques pertinent to
the engineering discipline.
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of
knowledge within the engineering discipline.
c. Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge
and skills in at least one specialist practice domain of
the engineering discipline.
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and
research directions within the engineering discipline.
a. Identifies and critically appraises current
developments, advanced technologies,
emerging issues and interdisciplinary linkages
in at least one specialist practice domain of the
b. Interprets and applies selected research literature
to inform engineering application in at least one
specialist domain of the engineering discipline.
1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the
a. Identifies and understands the interactions between
engineering systems and people in the social,
cultural, environmental, commercial, legal and
political contexts in which they operate, including
both the positive role of engineering in sustainable
development and the potentially adverse impacts of
engineering activity in the engineering discipline.
b. Is aware of the founding principles of human factors
relevant to the engineering discipline.
c. Is aware of the fundamentals of business and
d. Identifies the structure, roles and capabilities of the
e. Appreciates the issues associated with international
engineering practice and global operating contexts.
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms,
accountabilities and bounds of contemporary
engineering practice in the specific discipline.
a. Applies systematic principles of engineering design
relevant to the engineering discipline.
b. Appreciates the basis and relevance of standards and
codes of practice, as well as legislative and statutory
requirements applicable to the engineering discipline.
c. Appreciates the principles of safety engineering,
risk management and the health and safety
responsibilities of the professional engineer,
including legislative requirements applicable to the
d. Appreciates the social, environmental and economic
principles of sustainable engineering practice.
e. Understands the fundamental principles of
engineering project management as a basis for
planning, organising and managing resources.
f. Appreciates the formal structures and methodologies
of systems engineering as a holistic basis for
managing complexity and sustainability in
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to
complex engineering problem solving.
a. Identifies, discerns and characterises salient issues,
determines and analyses causes and effects, justifies
and applies appropriate simplifying assumptions,
predicts performance and behaviour, synthesises
solution strategies and develops substantiated
b. Ensures that all aspects of an engineering activity
are soundly based on fundamental principles - by
diagnosing, and taking appropriate action with data,
calculations, results, proposals, processes, practices,
and documented information that may be ill-founded,
illogical, erroneous, unreliable or unrealistic.
c. Competently addresses engineering problems
involving uncertainty, ambiguity, imprecise
information and wide-ranging and sometimes
conflicting technical and non-technical factors.
d. Partitions problems, processes or systems into
manageable elements for the purposes of analysis,
modelling or design and then re-combines to form
a whole, with the integrity and performance of the
overall system as the paramount consideration.
e. Conceptualises alternative engineering approaches
and evaluates potential outcomes against appropriate
criteria to justify an optimal solution choice.
f. Critically reviews and applies relevant standards
and codes of practice underpinning the engineering
discipline and nominated specialisations.
g. Identifies, quantifies, mitigates and manages
technical, health, environmental, safety and other
contextual risks associated with engineering
application in the designated engineering discipline.
h. Interprets and ensures compliance with relevant
legislative and statutory requirements applicable to
the engineering discipline.
i. Investigates complex problems using research- based
knowledge and research methods.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools
a. Proficiently identifies, selects and applies the
materials, components, devices, systems, processes,
resources, plant and equipment relevant to the
b. Constructs or selects and applies from a qualitative
description of a phenomenon, process, system,
component or device a mathematical, physical or
computational model based on fundamental scientific
principles and justifiable simplifying assumptions.
c. Determines properties, performance, safe working
limits, failure modes, and other inherent parameters
of materials, components and systems relevant to the
d. Applies a wide range of engineering tools for analysis,
simulation, visualisation, synthesis and design,
including assessing the accuracy and limitations of
such tools, and validation of their results.
e. Applies formal systems engineering methods to
address the planning and execution of complex,
problem solving and engineering projects.
f. Designs and conducts experiments, analyses
and interprets result data and formulates reliable
g. Analyses sources of error in applied models and
experiments; eliminates, minimises or compensates
for such errors; quantifies significance of errors to
any conclusions drawn.
h. Safely applies laboratory, test and experimental
procedures appropriate to the engineering discipline.
i. Understands the need for systematic management of
the acquisition, commissioning, operation, upgrade,
monitoring and maintenance of engineering plant,
facilities, equipment and systems.
j. Understands the role of quality management systems,
tools and processes within a culture of continuous
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and
a. Proficiently applies technical knowledge and open
ended problem solving skills as well as appropriate
tools and resources to design components, elements,
systems, plant, facilities and/or processes to satisfy
b. Addresses broad contextual constraints such as
social, cultural, environmental, commercial, legal
political and human factors, as well as health, safety
and sustainability imperatives as an integral part of
the design process.
c. Executes and leads a whole systems design cycle
approach including tasks such as:
• determining client requirements and identifying
the impact of relevant contextual factors, including
business planning and costing targets;
• systematically addressing sustainability criteria;
• working within projected development, production
and implementation constraints;
• eliciting, scoping and documenting the required
• outcomes of the design task and defining
• identifying assessing and managing technical,
health and safety risks integral to the design
• writing engineering specifications, that fully satisfy
the formal requirements;
• ensuring compliance with essential engineering
standards and codes of practice;
• partitioning the design task into appropriate
modular, functional elements; that can be
separately addressed and subsequently integrated
through defined interfaces;
• identifying and analysing possible design
approaches and justifying an optimal approach;
• developing and completing the design using
appropriate engineering principles, tools, and
• integrating functional elements to form a coherent
• quantifying the materials, components, systems,
equipment, facilities, engineering resources
and operating arrangements needed for
implementation of the solution;
• checking the design solution for each element
and the integrated system against the engineering
• devising and documenting tests that will verify
performance of the elements and the integrated
• prototyping/implementing the design solution and
verifying performance against specification;
• documenting, commissioning and reporting the
d. Is aware of the accountabilities of the professional
engineer in relation to the ‘design authority’ role.
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the
conduct and management of engineering projects.
a. Contributes to and/or manages complex engineering
project activity, as a member and/or as the leader of
an engineering team.
b. Seeks out the requirements and associated resources
and realistically assesses the scope, dimensions,
scale of effort and indicative costs of a complex
c. Accommodates relevant contextual issues into all
phases of engineering project work, including the
fundamentals of business planning and financial
d. Proficiently applies basic systems engineering and/
or project management tools and processes to the
planning and execution of project work, targeting the
delivery of a significant outcome to a professional
e. Is aware of the need to plan and quantify
performance over the full life-cycle of a project,
managing engineering performance within the overall
f. Demonstrates commitment to sustainable
engineering practices and the achievement of
sustainable outcomes in all facets of engineering
3. PE3 Professional and Personal Attributes
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
a. Demonstrates commitment to uphold the Engineers
Australia - Code of Ethics, and established norms of
professional conduct pertinent to the engineering
b. Understands the need for ‘due-diligence’ in
certification, compliance and risk management
c. Understands the accountabilities of the professional
engineer and the broader engineering team for the
safety of other people and for protection of the
d. Is aware of the fundamental principles of intellectual
property rights and protection.
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in
professional and lay domains.
a. Is proficient in listening, speaking, reading and writing
• comprehending critically and fairly the viewpoints
• expressing information effectively and succinctly,
issuing instruction, engaging in discussion,
presenting arguments and justification, debating
and negotiating - to technical and non-technical
audiences and using textual, diagrammatic,
pictorial and graphical media best suited to the
• representing an engineering position, or the
engineering profession at large to the broader
• appreciating the impact of body language,
personal behaviour and other non-verbal
communication processes, as well as the
fundamentals of human social behaviour and their
b. repares high quality engineering documents such as
progress and project reports, reports of investigations
and feasibility studies, proposals, specifications,
design records, drawings, technical descriptions and
presentations pertinent to the engineering discipline.
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
a. Applies creative approaches to identify and develop
b. alternative concepts, solutions and procedures,
appropriately challenges engineering practices from
technical and non-technical viewpoints; identifies
new technological opportunities.
c. Seeks out new developments in the engineering
discipline and specialisations and applies fundamental
knowledge and systematic processes to evaluate and
d. Is aware of broader fields of science, engineering,
e. technology and commerce from which new ideas and
interfaces may be drawn and readily engages with
professionals from these fields to exchange ideas.
3.4 Professional use and management of information.
a. Is proficient in locating and utilising information
— including accessing, systematically searching,
analysing, evaluating and referencing relevant
published works and data; is proficient in the use of
indexes, bibliographic databases and other search
b. Critically assesses the accuracy, reliability and
authenticity of information.
c. Is aware of common document identification, tracking
and control procedures.
3.5 Orderly management of self and professional
a. Demonstrates commitment to critical self-review and
performance evaluation against appropriate criteria
as a primary means of tracking personal development
needs and achievements.
b. Understands the importance of being a member of
a professional and intellectual community, learning
from its knowledge and standards, and contributing
to their maintenance and advancement.
c. Demonstrates commitment to life-long learning and
d. Manages time and processes effectively, prioritises
competing demands to achieve personal, career and
organisational goals and objectives.
e. Thinks critically and applies an appropriate balance
of logic and intellectual criteria to analysis, judgment
and decision making.
f. Presents a professional image in all circumstances,
including relations with clients, stakeholders, as well
as with professional and technical colleagues across
wide ranging disciplines.
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.
a. Understands the fundamentals of team dynamics and
b. Functions as an effective member or leader of diverse
engineering teams, including those with multi-level,
multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural dimensions.
c. Earns the trust and confidence of colleagues through
competent and timely completion of tasks.
d. Recognises the value of alternative and diverse
viewpoints, scholarly advice and the importance of
e. Confidently pursues and discerns expert assistance
and professional advice.
f. Takes initiative and fulfils the leadership role whilst
respecting the agreed roles of others.