For the first time, Engineers Australia has acknowledged the Royal Australian Navy Engineer Officer’s Charge Qualification as an equivalent competency to practice as an internationally recognised Chartered Professional Engineer.
The qualification is a prerequisite competency for a Navy engineer to lead an engineering department in a ship, submarine, or aircraft squadron. It is an intensive process for candidates involving postgraduate study and technical mastery in the operation, maintenance and engineering change of maritime assets and their support infrastructure.
This equivalency of qualification is important as Defence looks to develop both Navy and civilian career opportunities.
Lieutenant Emma Houlihan, a Weapons Electrical Engineer Officer, was the first recipient of the new Chartered Professional Engineering qualification, which was presented by Mr Stephen Durkin, Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Australia, in the presence of Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, at the Engineers Australia Convention on 25 November in Melbourne.
“Following a rigorous and formally accredited process, Engineers Australia has granted the authority by Royal Charter to bestow Chartered Professional Engineer status on engineers who have met the high international standards under the Washington Accord agreement,” said Mr Durkin.
“Every engineer in the Royal Australian Navy is trained to the highest level of technical skill and leadership ability, and these qualities are applied in the most critical and challenging situations.
“This agreement, which has taken some time to negotiate, openly recognises that engineers gaining qualifications through the Royal Australian Navy are operating to the highest international standards.
“Recognition as a Chartered Professional Engineer means that candidates must meet strict education, development and professional practice standards. This landmark agreement with the Royal Australian Navy is the first time that Engineers Australia has recognised a direct and guaranteed pathway to Chartered status,” he said.
Navy members seeking more information can email PDP.eChartered@defence.gov.au