Course Title: Professional Engineering Experience

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Engineering Experience

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


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Course Coordinator: 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 an RMIT supervisor is integral to your experience. This will help you develop the competencies required to become a professional engineer chartered by Washington Accord signatories such as Engineers Australia, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and the National Board of Accreditation (India). 

RMIT students visit the Engineering Work Experience intranet for more information and answers to FAQs.

  To be eligible to enrol in this course 
  •  you must have an approved RMIT WIL Placement agreement (email
  •  you must be enrolled in OENG1165 Professional Engineering Experience at the same time as you are on your placement
  •  your placement must be for at least 10 weeks and a maximum 12 weeks full-time or part-time
  •  your placement must be engineering work
  •  you must be supervised by a qualified practising engineer while on placement
  •  you must not be assessed for this placement in any other RMIT course
  It is your task to find your engineering work placement/internship position. This task helps you develop a critical career skill: to identify suitable roles and perform well in the application process.   You have assessments to complete while you are on your placement. You will write on-line journal entries during your placement that will be reviewed by your RMIT supervisor. These will develop your skills to reflect on your success and challenges in the workplace, and to help you to learn from your experience. You will also complete post-placement assessment. These will help you to reflect on the overall learning outcomes from your placement, to identify evidence of your skills and areas for further development. This is a foundation skill for writing outstanding cover letters, a critical part of successful job seeking.   Professional Engineering Experience is normally undertaken in the summer vacation between the penultimate and final year of study, but can be earlier or later. This course is flexi term and elective or final year option so you can enrol at multiple times during the year, to match your placement period.


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 assessments during and after your placement to develop communication and reflection capabilities.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources available on CANVAS include:  

  • Templates for Journal entries
  • 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.