A bulk credentialing agreement between Ampcontrol and Engineers Australia helped the long-running electrical engineering firm ensure it has the talent it needs for the future.
This article first appeared in Engineers Australia 'Create' Magazine and has been republished with full permission.
A bulk credentialing agreement between Ampcontrol and Engineers Australia helped the long-running electrical engineering firm ensure it has the talent it needs for the future.When Chartered engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia Peter Cockbain FIEAust CPEng and his three colleagues formed a business partnership in 1968, a commitment to innovation was always part of the deal. What started as a small operation in a Newcastle shed has grown to become leading electrical engineering company Ampcontrol. Today, Ampcontrol specialises in electrical engineering and control systems, including transformers, power distribution, electronic equipment and electrical protection. Its operations span resources, infrastructure and energy sectors, and its innovative approach has been recognised through state, national and international awards. Cockbain was Ampcontrol’s Technical Director until 2012 and instilled a culture of collaboration and high achievement through his motto, “I can’t, you can’t, but we can”. Its commitment to engineering quality is reinforced through Ampcontrol’s recent Engineering Workforce Credentialing Agreement with Engineers Australia. The agreement provides a pathway for Ampcontrol’s engineers to achieve Chartered status — a widely recognised measure of excellence.
"It also provides a beacon for bright young engineers who are starting their careers, knowing that they can develop professionally and be recognised by Engineers Australia through the agreement." Rod Henderson
Independent engineering credentialsIan Webster FIEAust CPEng, Ampcontrol Group Engineering Manager, explains that the credentialing agreement enables Ampcontrol engineers to be assessed independently and externally, ensuring that the company’s engineering competence is recognised across the globe. “It also provides a beacon for bright young engineers who are starting their careers, knowing that they can develop professionally and be recognised by Engineers Australia through the agreement,” says Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol’s Managing Director and CEO. Former Engineers Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans HonFIEAust CPEng says Chartership is something all engineers should aim for. “Chartered status should be an aspiration for all engineers, as it is independent recognition of the highest international standards of engineering competency,” she says. [caption id="attachment_13907" align="alignleft" width="300"]Alexander Smith CPEng, R&D Engineer at ResTech[/caption]
Developing TalentMany of Ampcontrol’s credentialed engineers have grown within the business, starting as graduates or even undergraduate interns. After gaining diverse experience in design, research and development, project engineering and production engineering, they find their niche within the company. This was the pathway for Alexander Smith CPEng, who joined the company in 2011 as part of its graduate program. Now a Research and Development Engineer at ResTech, a joint venture between Ampcontrol and the University of Newcastle, Smith was encouraged to take up the credentialing opportunity last year during a conversation with his manager. “I’d wanted to become a Chartered engineer for quite a while and I’d kept some pretty fastidious notes about my professional development and the projects I’d worked on, so I had most of the paperwork ready to go,” he says. Chartered status is an acknowledgement that an engineer is seen as being highly skilled, professional and ethical by their peers, Smith says. “That’s a good feeling,” he adds. “One of the advantages of the bulk credentialing was being able to talk to other engineers at work who were also going through the process and bounce ideas off each other.”
Fast-track your engineering careerAlong with global recognition of skills and professionalism, the Chartered credential can help to fast-track career progression and provides leadership development opportunities via peer assessment against industry recognised standards.
"Having the words 'Chartered Engineer' next to my name indicates that I am committed to professional development." Bahar Chaichi CPEng
Prove the talent of your engineers“Ampcontrol has created an environment that is a breeding ground for some of Australia’s most capable electrical engineers, working on a diverse range of challenging projects,” says Tim Keech FIEAust CPEng, Ampcontrol General Manager, Sales and Customer. “The credentialing program allows us to recognise and acknowledge the ongoing development of these talented engineers throughout their career.”
"The Chartered Credential brings additional confidence not only to project engineers but also to our clients." Dr Dmitry Miller CPEng