Faculty of Engineering


Practical work

The practical work component of your BE(Hons) gives you hands-on experience in the industrial workplace and measures your ability to complete a formal written engineering report.

What is practical work?


You must complete 800 hours of practical work as part of the BE(Hons) programme, and submit reports about your work. You will undertake your practical work during the summer break at the end of Parts II and III.

Practical work is split into two types:

General work

The first practical work period is general in nature and allows you to become familiar with engineering processes and trade skills, particularly those appropriate to your specialisation.

Sub-professional work

The second practical work period is sub-professional work as a junior engineer with responsibilities, work level and technical expertise that takes advantage of your engineering training to date.

Subsequent periods, if necessary, will be related to your particular engineering specialisation.

Registration and Certification


Your practical work details must be registered online within one week of starting work.

Once you practical work with a company is completed, your employer must fill in and sign the certificate of practical work experience. This certificate must be handed in with your report (see Related files).

You will need to login to register your practical work details and to view employer lists.

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What type of work can I do?


The following guidelines outline the classes of acceptable work for each department, though other classes may be acceptable.

Registration of your work does not imply approval of your work.

If you are unsure whether the type of work you are undertaking is appropriate for your specialisation, please check with your department representative on the Practical Work Committee.

 

Biomedical Engineering

General

General engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with skilled tradespeople or technicians, such as laboratory work, mechanical installation, equipment maintenance, data gathering or analysis, and assistance in software or website development. 

Sub-professional

Sub-professional engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with professional engineers, medical professionals, or medical researchers such as product or instrument design, development and testing, medical imaging technology , CAD draughting, software development, database design, inventory control, and Summer Research Scholarship projects

Chemical and Materials Engineering

General

General engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with skilled tradespeople, that is work associated with machining, structures, building construction, design, welding, quality control, production assembly and electronics.

Sub-professional

Sub-professional engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with professional engineers, that is operating plant or laboratory in metals, materials, chemicals, fertilisers, paints, soaps, foods, petrochemical, pulp and paper, dairy, water treatment, environmental or pollution control industries and Summer Research Scholarship projects.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

General

General Engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with skilled tradesmen that includes that is the development of trade skills in the construction, earthmoving, mining, water and wastewater treatment, surveying, road and traffic, asset condition, minerals and resources and environmental monitoring industries.

Sub-professional

Sub-professional (minimum 200 hours) work associated with professional engineers that includes surveying, contract documentation, design and/or draughting, bore-hole logging, construction supervision, engineering associated with buildings and structures, geotechnical, earthworks, construction, mining, roading, traffic and water and wastewater treatment, hydrology and hydraulic works and environmental engineering and Summer Research Scholarship projects.

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Computer Systems Engineering

General

General Engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with skilled tradespeople, that is work with the fabrication, manufacture, installation, maintenance and configuration of mechanical, electrical and computer systems.

Sub-professional

Sub-professional engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with professional engineers, that is the installation of computer-based systems; design, fabrication and testing of computer-based components; software development, maintenance and support of software packages; application of computer-based systems to embedded and/or real-time problems, communication systems and networking; installation, configuration of networks and Summer Research Scholarship projects.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

General

General engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with skilled tradespeople, that is use of  hand tools and machine tools associated with the fabrication, manufacture, and/or maintenance of electrical instruments, components, or equipment.

Sub-professional

Sub-professional (minimum 200 hours) work associated with professional engineers. This includes mechanical design, draughting, inventory control, production planning, administrative/managerial processes; design and testing of electrical systems; design, implementation and testing of computer and software systems and Summer Research Scholarship projects.

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Engineering Science

General

General engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with skilled tradespeople, that might include laboratory work, mechanical installation or maintenance, computer or instrumentation maintenance or testing, data gathering or analysis, assistance in software or website development, surveying or construction site work.

Sub-professional

Sub-professional engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with professional engineers, that might include product design, systems/applications analysis, analysis of optimisation and simulation models, software development, and Summer Research Scholarship projects.
 

Mechanical Engineering

General

General engineering(minimum 200 hours) work associated with skilled tradespeople, that is work with mechanical tradesmen and/or machine tool operators to carry out the fabrication, manufacture, maintenance and repair of mechanical components or equipment.

Sub-professional

Sub-professional engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with professional engineers, that is design, draughting, inventory control, production planning, administrative/managerial processes, coordinating labour and Summer Research Scholarship projects.

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Mechatronics Engineering

General

General engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with skilled tradespeople. This includes working with hand tools and machine tools used for metal cutting and forming, manufacturing and assembly of mechanical components or equipment; fabrication, manufacture and/or maintenance of electrical components or equipment; installation, maintenance and configuration of computer systems.

Sub-professional

Sub-professional (minimum 200 hours) work associated with professional engineers. This includes mechanical design, draughting, inventory control, production planning, administrative/managerial processes; design and testing of electrical systems; design, implementation and testing of computer and software systems and Summer Research Scholarship projects.

Software Engineering

General

General engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with skilled tradespeople, that is work associated with the fabrication, manufacture, installation, maintenance and configuration of mechanical, electrical and computer systems.

Sub-professional

Sub-professional engineering (minimum 200 hours) work associated with professional engineers, that is installation of software systems; design, implementation and testing of software systems; helpdesk, backup and system support; network configuration; computer security services; information system support, web services and Summer Research Scholarship projects.

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