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How to Fill your Summary Statement (Element 2.4 – part 1)

Summary Statement

Continuing our tutorial on how to fill your Summary Statement document for the Professional Engineer category of the Engineers Australia CDR assessment, today we look into the forth element of competency entitled: “Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.” This is the first of the two parts that address this element, containing examples for the first two indicators.

Although this element doesn’t directly concern the applicant’s engineering skills, it remains a key component of the document. This is because it requires a demonstration of the applicant’s ability to work on all of the side-factors that underlie a successful engineering project. Those side-factors are still directly related to important engineering work such as systems design, implementation, and project planning.

a.) Contributes to and/or manages complex engineering project activity as a member and/or as leader of an engineering team.

Example: I prepared a risk evaluation report that helped me mitigate any probable risks, and also indicated the main points that would be used for the development of a contingency plan to increase preparedness and help me address any problems quickly.

Example: As a member of the R&D team, my role was to evaluate the information found and provided by the other members, and to validate its rightfulness and relevance to the project.

Example: Initially, I organized a meeting with my team in order to distribute the tasks and the corresponding workload equally to all of the attendees. This guaranteed a steady and unobstructed progress for the project.

b.) Seeks out the requirements and associated resources and realistically assesses the scope, dimensions, scale of effort and indicative costs of a complex engineering project.

Example: Each month, I performed an estimation of the required manpower, equipment, and materials for the completion of the tasks that were planned for the upcoming month. This helped me coordinate the ongoing on-site activities with the issuing of permits from the finance and procurement department.

Example: Based on the IEEE standards and technical suggestions, I calculated the required number of fuses that should be implemented in this kind of networks, in order to achieve a safely operating power network. This helped me estimate the cost for the acquisition of the components beforehand.

Example: I studied the manufacturer’s technical manual and compared the maintenance schedule with the service logbooks to find out what should be done in the next session. Based on my findings, I developed a Bill of Quantities for the parts that should be ordered from the supplier.

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