What is Engineering Competency Claims?

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Have you ever wondered why there are certain procedures and systems put in place when it comes to analyzing a person’s performance and their aptness for a job? It is because it is important to make sure that the right candidate is hired for the right job. For engineers who have been in business for long in Australia, there are quite a few additional and strict measures taken to see to it that there are no shortfalls.

Most engineers in Australia have the target of being a part of the National Engineering Registrar after having rightfully earned the Chartered status. One of the litmus tests put in place before a person is accepted here is to have an engineer demonstrate their competencies with relevance to the stage 2 competency standards of Engineers Australia. One of the major documents required to clear the stage 2 competency standard is the Engineering Competency Claims (ECC). These documents are nothing but a complete proof and evidence of the skills and capabilities that an engineer claims he holds.

Engineering Competency Claim

This step conducted is necessary to be carried out for Engineers of three categories (professional, engineering technologists and engineering associates). They each have to go through 16 elements of competencies which can be clubbed into 4 principal groups. They are:

  • Personal commitment
  • Obligation to community
  • Value in the workplace
  • Technical proficiency

Each of these elements has different levels of attainment, and this major difference is what helps an engineer chalk out and plan where he needs to work more to achieve the desired score of competence.

How to write a perfect ECC?

When something as important as being a part of the National Engineering Registrar depends on how well an engineer can draft and deliver his ECC, naturally it takes a lot of time and dedication. Here, we will provide you will certain points that can help you come up with an exceptional ECC.

PREPARING THE CLAIM: This first step will require a lot of retrospection from the engineer. It is advised that a person travels back in time to re-account and capture a few episodes of his professional life where their patience was tested and where they contributed significantly. In the preparation stage, you will have to make a mental note of every significant point that can help you elaborate your skills and other interests. It will also be an added advantage if you chalk out these details based on grouped career episodes.

DRAFTING THE ECC: Based on the preferences and guidelines given, there are certain points to keep in mind once a person starts writing their claim. You need to mention all you’re supporting and evidence in not more than 700 words. So keep it brief and to the point. An applicant needs to make sure that they write all the information in a purely narrative form and mention everything in first person reference. Take utmost care of grammar and make sure that there are no spelling mistakes. Make sure that you don’t include any statement or episode that will lead to assumptions. Always be clear and before you end the draft ask yourself if you are satisfied with what you read and have you answered every question that the chartered engineers may have.

One needs to bear in mind that every ECC submitted will be judged and analyzed with a lot of scrutinies. These are the few parameters based on which your ECC is likely to be scored.

  • Authenticity
  • Validity
  • How reliable it is?
  • How recent and current it is?
  • How sufficient it is?

If you yourself are satisfied with all the above-mentioned parameters then you can safely go ahead and submit your ECC.

Engineering Competency Claims Examples

As highlighted above an ECC is sub-grouped into 4 major groups. Provided below are example snippets of how one needs to write the ECC.

Deal with ethical issues

Practise competently

Responsibility for engineering activities

Develop safe and sustainable solutions

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