Engineering ‘competence'

The Engineering Council has worked with BSI to develop an internationally applicable Publicly Available Specification (PAS 525) for assessing the competence and commitment of engineering professionals.

The framework ‘defines a standard for knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to build and maintain competence within a rapidly changing profession’. The Engineering Council said: “Designed to be readily implemented by international professional engineering organisations, it can also be used by government agencies, employers, and insurers, as a framework to support specification for engineering projects, products, and processes, or to guide the training of engineers.” 

CEO, Alasdair Coates, (pictured), added: “Factors such as increasing levels of automation, a greater requirement to work globally, skill and resource availability, and the development of new forms of information technology, are all changing the face of the engineering profession. It is also crucial to recognise that engineers have a responsibility to society, acting in the public interest at all times, and upholding professional standards. In response we have worked with BSI and international colleagues to develop this framework.” 


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