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 Technologists Register (NETR), launched in 1996, has gained support from many sectors of industry and government and is often referred to when expertise in a specialised technical environment is needed, or when certification of compliance is required.
Publicly available information about individual practitioners, based on their geographic location and NETR 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 Technologists exercise ingenuity, originality and understanding in adapting and applying technologies, developing related new technologies or applying scientific knowledge within their specialised technical environment. Their education, expertise and analytical skills equip them with a robust understanding of the theoretical and practical application of engineering and technical principles. Within their branch of technology, they contribute to the improvement of standards and codes of practice, and the adaptation of established technologies to new situations.
Registered Engineering Technologists can be expected to determine interactions between a technology and the system in which it operates, recognise and take account of its suitability and manage associated technical risks. Technologists accept responsibility for the detailed technological requirements of their engineering services with due regard to the fundamental properties and limitations of components and systems involved. They may lead and manage teams engaged in inspection, approval and certification of designs, tests, installations and reliable operations. They identify problematic circumstances, take remedial action and keep colleagues, clients and community informed, while ensuring performance-based criteria are satisfied within a safe and sustainable environment.