Course Title: Professional Engineering Experience

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Engineering Experience

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

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City Campus


172H School of Engineering


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Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Margaret Jollands

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2089

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus, Building 8 Level 11 Room 21

Course Coordinator Availability: By email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


 You need to be enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program to undertake this course.

Course Description

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry is integral to your experience.

You will participate in pre-placement workshops at RMIT and write journal entries during your placement that will be reviewed by your RMIT supervisor. The pre-placement workshop will help develop your skills to be successful in the workplace. The journal will help you reflect on your success and challenges in the workplace, and learn from your experience. The post-placement assessment will help you reflect on your placement and identify evidence of your skills that will enhance your future job seeking.

It is your task to find your work placement position. This task helps you develop a critical career skill: to look for suitable roles and perform well in the application process.

You will work for at least 10 weeks and up to 12 weeks full-time (or at least 50 days part-time or 370 hours part time) in industry or in an R&D organisation, under the supervision of a qualified engineer, undertaking engineering work, to develop the competencies for Professional Engineers.

Professional Engineering Experience is normally undertaken in the summer vacation between the penultimate and final year of study, but can be undertaken earlier.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following capabilities (the Engineering Australia Stage 1 competencies):

Knowledge and Skill Base:

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2. Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.3. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

Engineering Application Ability:

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

Professional and Personal Attributes:

3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

 On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Acquire new knowledge and skills when necessary.
  2. Apply engineering knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to professional engineering work.
  3. Effectively communicate with engineers and non-engineers across all modes: listen, speak, write and draw.
  4. Conduct yourself in a professional and ethical manner.

Overview of Learning Activities

You are required to:

Perform work related to any engineering field, supervised by a qualified engineer. You will undertake a pre-placement workshop and reflect on your experiences through an asynchronous journal and an evaluation report.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources available from the course learning management system include:

Work Experience Guideline

Template for Final Evaluation Report

Template for Engineering Journal assessments


Overview of Assessment

The overall grade for this course is Pass PX or Fail NN grades only. This course does not contribute to your GPA calculation. There are no hurdle requirements in this course.

Assessment Task 1 Evaluation Report

This assessment task supports all CLOs. Worth 30%

Assessment Task 2 Evidence of Employment

Provision of endorsed evidence of your professional experience.

This assessment task supports CLO4. Worth 10%

Assessment 3: Engineering Journal

This assessment supports all CLOs 60%

A detailed guide is available to students about the three assessment tasks. A template is available for the Evaluation Report, and journal.

The Assessments are submitted through Canvas. Feedback is provided through Canvas.

Learning outcomes are equivalent across all locations (City, Bundoora, HK, Kaplan) and the same assessments are completed in each campus. Mode of delivery is the same in each location, as remote fieldwork.

The assessable tasks for this course should not be submitted for accreditation in any other course/s at RMIT, and assessments for other courses should not be submitted for this course. For example, work undertaken as part of the RIIERP program will not be accredited for work experience in this course.