Re: Engineers course below par – IEPNG (PC)May 8 2008 at 6:48 AM
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Response to Engineers course below par – IEPNG (PC)
IEPNG is currently on an awarness campaign trail to inform business houses employing people doing any engineering related work about the law that was recently passed in parliament that will now make it an offence to employ persons doing any work that is engineering related and who are not registered with the IEPNG and Professional Engineers Registration Board (PERB).
I have sat through one of these sessions and from what I have heard (from the men himself - Sen Hugo) is that engineers coming out of Unitech may have the necessary work/field experience that is build up over the years but are not 'Accademically Qualified' and reference was made to some international bench marks. They mentioned something about Unitech not listed among the world accredited universities. What they said they are doing 'as per the pc article' is doing the whistle blower's role in exposing the declining state of Unitech's accademic standards.Having been out in the field for the past eight years and been 'illegally' practicing engineering (as I have just found out from this awarness campaign), personally I think this is a fair comment and the intent is good.
However, I think it was unfair to make comments that suggest that graduate engineers coming out of Unitech are now being viewed as less qualified by the local industry. Let's not forget the first reason the university was initially set up, and that was to meet the demands of the local and growing PNG economy. I think that graduates who can be termed 'Accademically Qualified' would be the ones who have majored a specialise stream of their engineering profession. For example, majoring in Avionics from your university studies. Unfortunately this has not been the case for many of us who have came out from Unitech (and this will be for a while). From what I learnt (while completing MechEng at Unitech) is that we are thought and exposed to a much broader aspect of Mechanical Engineering. It is when you are out in the field where you are expected to find your feet in the specific area of your dicipline that is of interest to you. And if you wanted to become 'accademically qualified' you take up further studies in the field and major in it.
This (teaching on broader topic of engineering), I think, is opposite for overseas universities. They thought specialist subjects and people graduate at the end of the year as specialist in the fields (e.g. Hydraulics engineer after majoring in hydraulics in the Mechanical Engineering Department and etc). The market demand is also in their favour as it is easy to find work by specialising in one area. You will easily find in overseas many small but varied specialised engineering firms who may specialise in just one component like, valves or pistons or seals or gears or conveyors and etc (Have a look at the suppliers of the mining gears for mining industry and you will be amazed). The economy of these countries itself ensures the growth and flourishment of these small and specialise firms. Engineering graduates who specialised during their university studies are quickly absorbed into the industry. These unfortunately cannot work for PNG Unitech graduates because we do not have many specialised industries and graduated will be at a disadvantage if they specialise. Having that broad base understanding of the engineering principles gives our local product at least that chance to be absorbed into the local industry. Becoming 'academically qualified' will depend on the individual's desire should he/she wanted to pursue further studies after finding their feet in the industry.
Em olsem from my observations and I leave it to you's to ponder.
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