Engineer Edgar

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies (Professional Engineer)

This entry provides evidence of the Knowledge Base component of the Stage 1 Competencies  of a Professional Engineer as defined by Engineers Australia. Other components of the Stage 1 Competencies, Engineering Ability and Professional Attributes, will be shown in another iPortfolio entry.


PE1.1 Knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals

In several units I have integrated my knowledge of the physical and computer sciences with engineering fundamentals to simulate basic physical attributes of mechanical systems. In the movie shown here, I wrote a program to simulate mass/spring dynamics. The simulation shows the effect associated with several different damping coefficients.

click to play the simulation movie

PE1.2 In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline

The Engineering Foundation Year, also known as the Engineering Pre-major, exposes student engineers to knowledge that is foundational to all engineering disciplines. Beginning in the second year, student engineers select an engineering major to develop technical competence in a specific engineering discipline.

I've chosen to specialize in Mechanical Engineering and am currently beginning my third year of study.  A copy of my academic transcript is available here.

Academic TranscriptTranscript [32 KB]

PE1.3 Techniques and resources

A professional engineer will use calculators, software and computers  to assist with tedious calculations. Because calculations are made automatically, this can be a big help. However, engineers should still know how to apply the technique by hand.  In Engineering Graphics 232, we did basic drawings manually, but then used the Autocad software packaged to do similar work. It was so much easier with Autocad.  I was able to generate professional drawing quickly and accurately.

EG 232 ASG 1
EG 232 Asg 2
Drawing by hand
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Drawing in Autocad
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PE1.4 General Knowledge

At Curtin, there are opportunities to develop an understanding of the place of engineering in society. I've also developed skills and knowledge from science and mathematics subjects that underpin the engineering discipline. The units that I found particularly interesting in developing my General Knowledge are shown in the table below.



Engineering Foundations:
Principles and Communication 100

In this unit, I got a good feel for what it means to be an engineer.  In particular, I explored an engineer's ethical responsibility to serve the community, and developed skills that enable me to communicate with a range of stakeholders.  In the following assignment, I discuss ethical issues in engineering that arose during a conversation with our host during a site visit. It was great to have such exposure to experienced professional engineers out in the field so early in our course.

Site VisitSite Visit Case Study [40kb]

its Evolutions, Development, Success and Failures 100

As engineers, we learn to apply mathematics and science in the the design and implementation of structures and devices that are fit for an intended purpose.  Moreover, it becomes important to learn from the mistakes of the past so that they never happen again.

A case study I wrote on the Tacomma Narrows bridge collapse is here:

Tacoma Narrows Case StudyTacomma Narrows Case Study [25kb]

Engineering Mechanics 100

In this unit, I developed basic mathematical skills used in engineering.

In  assignment 1, given below, I used free body diagrams to analyse the forces acting on the joint and the ground for a two-segment articulated robot assembly.

Free Body DiagramFree body diagram [8.4Mb]



Created 10/08/2009 at 16:32:18

Modified 12/08/2009 at 13:44:09