Chartered Areas of Practice

Learn about the Chartered Areas of Practice

An Area of Practice is a subgroup of the engineering profession that practitioners align their skills and work activities with.  Formal education, informal education and work experience will influence how an engineering practitioner identifies with an Area of Practice.  Members can seek to become Chartered in one or more Area of Practice. An Area of Practice is the ‘purpose’ of your work not activities that are incidental to your work.

Current Chartered Areas of Practice

Aerospace Engineering is the field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft. The purpose of aerospace engineering is to achieve optimal integrated aerospace systems.

Amusement Rides and Devices In-service Inspection deals specifically with work covered by AS3533-1988 Amusement Rides and Devices or similar. It is for engineers whose practice includes the in-service inspection of amusement rides and devices. You need to be a Professional Engineer or an Engineering Technologist to register on the NER or become Chartered in this area of practice.

Asset Management deals with the life cycle management of physical assets to achieve the stated outputs of the enterprise. It is concerned with short, medium and long-term considerations from the conception of the asset's need, through its complete operating life, all the way until its disposal phase. A key activity when practising Asset Management is balancing performance and cost within a risk framework where performance is based on quantitative measures as specified and cost is expressed in dollar terms or other measures where appropriate.

Biomedical Engineering deals with combining design and problem-solving skills in applying engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes.

Building Services Engineering deals with the internal environmental and environmental impact of a building. Its purpose is to achieve optimal integrated building systems incorporating environmental control and safety provisions for the comfort and well-being of the occupants of the built environment.

Chemical Engineering deals with the application of physical sciences (physics and chemistry) and life sciences (microbiology and biochemistry), together with applied mathematics and economics to produce, transform, transport, and properly use chemicals, materials and energy.

Civil Engineering deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. Civil engineers generally specialise in one of a number of sub-disciplines.

Cost Engineering deals with the analysis of cost and timing outcomes on engineered assets, programs, projects, products and services. It is based on a Total Cost Management (TCM) framework and the major application areas are project control and strategic asset management.

Electrical Engineering deals with electricity generation, transmission, distribution, electrical equipment manufacture, instrumentation and control systems.

Environmental Engineering uses the core knowledge of the environment to create innovative solutions for a sustainable future. Working in the built or natural environments, they conduct investigations and undertake modelling and analysis to design and then implement integrated solutions.

Fire safety engineering deals with the protection of life, property and environment through the application of engineering principles, rules and judgement to the fire phenomenon, the effects of fire and the reaction and behaviour of people.

(Additional Evidence showcasing your formal qualifications, supervised and responsible practice in Fire Safety Engineering must be provided with your application. Please contact us to discuss before selecting this Area of Practice for Chartered)

Heritage and Conservation Engineering deals with the application and adaptation of all the traditional disciplines of engineering, together with an understanding of the elementary scientific principles involved which might not be directly referenced in current practice procedures. Heritage and Conservation Engineers will need to be aware of the Burra Charter, Australian Heritage Legislation, all the phases involved in conservation and the role of other professions, such as historians, archaeologists and architects.

Information, Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering (ITEE) deals with scientific and engineering design to develop computer modelling tools, broadband capability, improve telecommunications systems, hardware and software, systems for media broadcasting and sound, and sophisticated electronics.

Leadership and Management deals with business management or administrative functions in an engineering environment.  Practitioners are engaged for typically 15 hours a week or more, in activities such as business and / or strategic planning, organisational performance, HR functions, business finance or financial performance and like activities drawing on acquired management skills, knowledge and judgement in an engineering environment.

Mechanical Engineering deals with the application of the principles of engineering and physics with the study of advanced materials for the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems.

Naval Architecture deals with the safe design and specification of marine vessels and structures. The Naval Architect can also be involved in the construction, repair, refit or operation of such marine vessels and structures.

Oil and Gas Pipeline Engineering deals with the efficient transport of fluids. This area of practice relates only to the transmission of petroleum and gas and related fluid pipelines. This Area of Practice requires completion of a technical competency report in accordance with the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA Technical Competencies). Refer to www.apga.org.au

Petroleum Engineering deals with four main sub-disciplines which are reservoir, drilling, production, and formation evaluation engineering. The focus is on achieving optimal integrated exploration, technical assessment, production and development of oil, gas and geothermal resources and reserves upstream of processing plants, refineries and power stations.

Pressure Equipment Design Verification deals with the process which assures the integrity of pressure vessels, boilers, pressure piping, and gas cylinders for the stated design and operating conditions.

Project Management deals with the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.

Risk Engineering deals with the effective and efficient application of engineering methodologies and approaches at every step of the risk management cycle, across Strategic, Operational, Financial or Portfolio/Program/Project objectives.

Structural Engineering deals with the understanding, prediction, and calculation of the stability, strength and rigidity of built structures. Structures can include buildings, bridges, in-ground structures, footings, frameworks and space frames.

Subdivisional Geotechnics applies specifically to work covered by AS 2870 Residential slabs and footings – construction and AS 3798 Guidelines on earthworks for commercial and residential development. It is for civil engineers whose practice includes geotechnical aspects of subdivisions and the foundations of buildings up to three storeys.

Systems Engineering deals with the interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem: Operations, Performance, Test, Manufacturing, Cost & Schedule, Training & Support, Disposal. It considers both the business and the technical needs of all customers with the goal of providing a quality product that meets the user needs.