Faculty of Engineering

Practical work reports

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.

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.


When is the report due?

Practical work reports are to be handed in to the Engineering Student CentreOnly the original copy of the work certificate will be accepted. Scanned photcopies will not be accepted

If you wish to participate in the September 2018 graduation ceremony, your final report must be submitted between 8.30am on Monday, 5 March and 4.30pm on Friday, 9 March 2018.

All students who intend commencing a University of Auckland Postgraduate Programme in Semester One 2018 must have their practical work reports in for marking by the above mentioned due date.

Please bear in mind the following important points:

  1. Scanned copies of the work certificate will not be accepted. 
  2. If your report is not of standard and you are required to revise and resubmit, then you will be asked to resubmit this report in the next intake period.

No extensions will be given. Students who hand in their reports after the due date will be asked to submit these in the next intake.


How long is the report marking process?

Marked reports will  be ready for collection from the Students Services Stall, Level 3, 20 Symonds St by 12pm on Monday, 16 October 2017.  If your report is not there, it is because of one of the following two reasons:

1.    You have been asked to revise and resubmit the report.

2.    You have been asked to provide an original copy of the work certificate or your employer has been asked to verify the details on the scanned certificate (none of these have been done).



What should my report include?

You must provide a separate report for each period of practical work. You can report your experience in active voice, unlike most professional reports.

Your report must not be more than 25 pages long and contain:

Title page
The title page contains your name, department, name and address of your employer, dates of the work period, date of report.

A brief summary (no more than 300 words) of the whole report; nature of organisation, type of work done, skills learned, conclusions drawn.

To thank the people who have assisted you in your work and made an impact on your overall work experience.

Table of Contents
Section headings and corresponding page numbers. List of figures, list of tables: figure/table numbers and titles, corresponding page numbers.

This section should be an overview of the overall report, and include a brief introduction to the company, your role during the period which you've worked, the work you've undertaken and what you learned out of the entire experience.  

Early sections: Company information
These appropriately titled sections could include information on:

  • Layout of workplace or plant
  • Staff organisation structure and number of employees engaged in various work
  • General comments on buildings, plant layout, technical facilities and amenities for staff

Central section: Your work experience
Appropriate titles should be used for this section. You should provide a full description of the work you undertook and any other activities observed.

Reflective appraisal [COMPULSORY]
In this section you should critically appraise or evaluate your learning/knowledge gained within the practical work experience. This could include
your impressions about the organisation and its performance. It would also be appropriate to comment on the skills you have developed and the lessons learnt in relation to professional engineering practice.

Summary list of conclusions drawn, skills learned. Conclusions should be drawn on your entire work experience, and not any particular project(s) carried out.

If needed.

If required.