Engineers Australia's groups, Colleges and Technical Societies play an integral role in setting the professional standards and providing continuing professional development (CPD) for members.
These groups provide the opportunity for engineers to give back to, become involved in, and connect with their local engineering community.
In Tasmania, several groups of active volunteers are working to drive opportunities for the state’s 1,500+ members across engineering disciplines and career stages.
Three regional groups in Tasmania – the Northern Regional Group, the North-West Regional Group, and the Southern Regional Group, provide networking, mentoring and meeting opportunities for members in designated regions of the state.
The regional groups aim to add value to local engineers’ Engineers Australia membership, while also acting as a voice for the profession in the region and utilising their role to pass feedback and ideas to the Engineers Australia Tasmanian team.
Tasmania’s Northern Group supports members across the region, and includes association with the University of Tasmania Engineering faculty and the Tasmanian Maritime College. Key events include bi-monthly networking breakfasts, site tours, committee meetings and opportunities to hear from specialized keynote speakers.
The committee is currently open to new members, and those interested in joining are encouraged to attend one of the networking breakfasts to meet the current committee and local members. Site tours under consideration by the group – who would appreciate your feedback - include the historic Boags Brewery in Launceston, iconic Batman Bridge over the Tamar Estuary and the proposed Cataract Gorge visitor centre.
The North-West Tasmania Regional Group’s coverage effectively spans from Devonport to Burnie, organizing networking events, site tours, and chartered mentoring sessions – with events occasionally organized further afield when the opportunity presents itself.
A recently completed event, held in Burnie, highlighted the opportunities to come from challenges such as a remote locality. Titled ‘Disadvantage precedes innovation’, the event sought to inspire local engineers to innovate and illustrate triumph over adversity.
The Southern Committee provides support and opportunities for members in the Southern Tasmania region. Events and opportunities for local members have included a breakfast networking series, site visits such as a visit to the new University Performing Arts centre to look at the construction, and the technology including Building Information Management (BIM).
The Southern Committee is currently exploring hosting events such as a forum on the move of the University of Tasmania from Sandy Bay into Hobart’s city centre and a site visit to MONA.
Young Engineers Australia – Tasmania (YEAT) are a voice for young professional engineers across Tasmania. YEAT organise engaging events that provide networking and development opportunities for predominantly young engineers with previous events including “Standing Out – Build Your Brand”, which supported attendees to differentiate themselves in today's job market, and the very successful Projects in the Pub event attracting 50 young engineers. More Projects In the Pub events are scheduled across Tasmania in 2019.
YEAT Events are available to all young engineers, who are also welcome to join the group at any time. With flexible levels of involvement available, young engineers are encouraged to attend a monthly meeting to find out more about the group, without locking themselves into joining.
The Diversity and Inclusion group supports an increase in diversity across the engineering profession by contributing to and leading projects and activities, acting as ambassadors on behalf of Engineers Australia, and providing advice and feedback to the Engineers Australia Tasmanian team.
Some of the group’s activities include running a STEM outreach program, holding informal lunch discussion groups, and running events such as the Driving Diversity student networking evening at the University of Tasmania and the International Women’s Day morning teas.
The group is currently working on developing a toolkit for other groups to support them in hosting more inclusive and diverse events, and encourages members to volunteer for the STEM outreach program, attend their events or join the committee.
Engineering Heritage Tasmania (EHT) is involved in promoting the conservation of engineering heritage and in representing Engineers Australia on heritage matters.
EHT runs heritage recognition and oral history programs, as well as occasional heritage lectures. EHT also maintains a digital library and archives of engineering works, biographies of engineers, photographs and technical papers, including some searchable databases which can be accessed by contacting the Tasmania Division.
The EHT group also contribute to national engineering heritage activities; for example Bruce Cole, an active member and past Chair of EHT, is Chair of the Centenary Book Committee that led creation of Engineers Australia’s two book publications for the Centenary.
For more information on Tasmania’s groups, or to get involved, Tasmanian members can contact [email protected].
Image: Diversity and Inclusion Group Chair Elsie Killick representing Engineers Australia at the careers expo of Collegiate girls school