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Engineering partnership an Australian first

By Leanne Coleman

Krishnan Kannoorpatti is the first academic in Australia to receive his Chartered Engineer status through the new initiative Krishnan Kannoorpatti is the first academic in Australia to receive his Chartered Engineer status through the new initiative

Charles Darwin University and Engineers Australia have embarked on the first Professional Development Program partnership in the academic sector in Australia. The partnership agreement supports engineers working at the university to attain Chartered status.

CDU Head of Engineering and Information Technology Professor Friso De Boer said the initiative would strengthen ties between academic and professional engineers.

“Through the partnership CDU is committed to ensuring that engineers, who are eligible for the Professional Development Program, have access to suitable experience and mentoring to meet the Australian Engineering Stage 2 Competency Standards,” Professor De Boer said.

“We are very engaged with the provision of Stage 1 Competency for the engineering qualifications we provide through the university’s accreditation. This agreement with Engineers Australia enhances this with commitment to Stage 2 Competency at Chartered Engineer level or practicing professional level.

“As the custodians of the future of engineering through education, it is crucial that we remain closely involved with the profession. Additionally, we recognise the importance of promoting professional standards in engineering to increase the standing of the profession.”

Northern Division of Engineers Australia General Manager Greg Ewing said that in the past Professional Development Program partnerships have mainly been taken up by the private sector.

“We see real value in providing this sort of support within academe and welcome this pioneering initiative by CDU,” Mr Ewing said.

“Engineers Australia will provide appropriate support and resources for the participants’ applications to prepared and assessed.”

CDU Associate Professor in Engineering Krishnan Kannoorpatti recently became the first academic in Australia to receive his Chartered Engineer status through the initiative.

Passionate about his field of corrosion of materials, Dr Kannoorpatti has more than 20 years of research in the field of materials engineering and is currently researching corrosion issues facing the oil and gas industry in Northern Australia.

“The relationship between the education sector and industry is crucial to the development of knowledge about local engineering issues and improving the skill base,” Dr Kannoorpatti said.