All registered engineering practitioners observe a common Code of Ethics, undertake to accept responsibility for outcomes only within their area of competence and specifically commit to keeping up-to-date through continuing professional development to support their engagement in delivering engineering services. They deliver engineering outcomes that minimise adverse social, economic and environmental consequences, with due regard for the safety, health and welfare of the community.
The National Engineering Associates Register (NEAR), launched in 2008, has gained support from many sectors of industry and government and is often referred to when expertise in a well defined operating situations is needed, or when certification of compliance is required.
Publicly available information about individual practitioners, based on their geographic location and NEAR areas of practice, can be obtained from the online search facility rpsearch. Contact details from rpsearch must not be used for unauthorised commercial purposes.
Engineering Associates apply their detailed knowledge of standards and codes of practice to selecting, specifying, installing, commissioning, monitoring, maintaining, repairing and modifying complex assets, such as structures, plant, equipment, components and systems. Their education, training and experience equip them with the necessary theoretical knowledge and analytical skills for testing, fault diagnosis and understanding the limitations of complex assets in familiar and well defined operating situations.
Registered Engineering Associates can be expected to exercise engineering judgment within the scope of accepted standards and codes of practice to the design, inspection, certification, safe operation and cost-effectiveness of complex assets. They may supervise tradespeople, lead and manage teams and utilise advanced software and design aids to achieve practical and reliable designs, installations and operations of complex assets.