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Academy of Project Engineering UK Launches Program to Enhance Engineer Career Prospects

Academy of Project Engineering UK launches program geared to boosting engineer salaries, optimizing career tracks, and improving industry


A Cure for Those Engineer's Blues? Academy of Project Engineering UK launches program geared to boosting engineer salaries, optimizing career tracks, and improving industry

Certified Project Engineering Professional (CPeP ©) program is targeted to engineering students and working execs with engineering background

London (MMD Newswire) June 10, 2013 -- It takes years of demanding study to earn an engineering degree of any type, but in today's shaky job market there's no guarantee that this hard-earned degree will translate to a high-earning job - if one is even lucky enough to find a decent position. (We're all familiar with the stereotype of the highly educated graduate who ends up flipping burgers.) And even graduates who manage to nab a job commensurate with their education are often ill prepared for today's multi-discipline workplace. Moreover, thousands of working engineers find themselves stuck in low-paying, dead-end positions, and to add insult to injury, they are often are the first to be laid off when their firm is faced with budget cuts.

To the rescue: the Academy of Project Engineering UK, which has launched a Project Engineering program that includes several accredited certification courses, as well as a CPeP© (Certified Project Engineering Professional) certification examination. Targeted to third- and fourth-year engineering students as well as new and experienced engineers, the Academy's industry-oriented certification courses are designed to help engineers survive and thrive in today's changing workplace, to be more valuable to their employers, and to command higher salaries. The CPeP program, say its creators, is engineering education for the real world, adding measurable value to engineers' careers, to the workplace, and to the engineering industry as a whole.

"The Project Engineering module, which is currently available only from the Academy, is a unique course that offers a rare combination of the theoretical and the practical - of engineering classroom study and real world industry requirements," explains Mr. Roy Joseph, the Vice President and Managing Director of the Academy's branch in Canada. "It's a practical course designed for the final stages of engineering study - third-year and final-year students - or at the beginning of a new engineering career. But the course is also a refresher that offers a bridge between different engineering disciplines for experienced engineers. And it's definitely valuable for working executives with an engineering background."

He adds that the CPeP course the first of its kind that truly provides both students and working executives with training and workshops covering the management side of the engineering industry.

Project Engineering, or PE - not to be confused with project management - is a relatively new concept in engineering education, designed to fill the gaps between current engineering curricula and real-world industry requirements. Conventionally, the newly graduated engineering student enters the industry with only a very sketchy knowledge of other engineering disciplines. This lack of knowledge can handicap the novice engineer's career from the beginning, preventing him or her from functioning fully in a multi-discipline work environment, and leading to that dreaded dead-end career track. The Academy of Project Engineering exists to help solve - and actually prevent - these problems, and this can only have a beneficial effect on the industry as a whole.

The Academy is a professional organization with a big mission that goes far beyond CPeP education and certification. Among the Academy's other aims:

- To spread multi discipline engineering concepts among students and working engineering professionals through various membership levels: AMAPE® (Associated membership for students and experienced engineers); MAPE® (Membership for working executives); FAPE® (Fellow for working executives)

- To develop and offer short term courses for working professionals

- To establish rules of thumb in multi-discipline engineering

- To resolve any engineering discipline related practical problem arising from construction and commissioning

- To promote value engineering, i.e. addressing issues such as cost, schedule, risk, constructability, and maintainability of a facility during the engineering stage

- To promote interaction between various disciplines of engineers, end users, designers, and research workers

- To promote safety awareness in the engineering industry

- To communicate industry issues and standards with governing bodies and engineering institutions

- To raise standards in the engineering industry

The Academy's Project Engineering programs are applicable to a broad array of industries, including oil and gas (exploration, extraction, refining, etc.), petrochemical, chemical, production and manufacturing, construction, and engineering consultation.

The creators of the CPeP program stress that it will provide value across the board for the engineering profession, including:

1. Engineering students (third- and fourth-year). CPeP is an industry-oriented course that transforms a student into an industry-fit professional. This course teaches the practical aspects of the engineering profession, offering training on all aspects of industry requirements, thus giving the student a head start from the very first day of working life. The CPeP course will provide students with an awareness of the multidiscipline tasking required to complete a project from inception through commissioning and start-up.

2. Working engineers and executives. Acquiring CPeP certification can improve professional standing, making one eligible for a higher position and larger salary. The added practical management knowledge gained in the CPeP course can enhance the engineer's effectiveness and increase his/her visibility to HR personnel, as well as to recruiters all over the world. "It's an additional feather in your cap to be a CPeP certified professional from the U.K," notes Mr. Joseph, adding that besides six-week and six-month programs, the Academy also offers a two-day refresher course for working executives.

3. Employers and the engineering industry. The employer/industry receives a fresh engineer who is ready to contribute from the very first day onward. This saves significant money and effort on the training of new employees. In addition, staffing a department with Project Engineering savvy people can prevent companies from squandering precious money and time on re-work. "Moreover," says Mr. Joseph, "the Academy is an excellent forum for professionals to get to know each other and to exchange views and resolve technical issues, thus sharing and increasing the body of knowledge."

Mr. Ronald Davidson, Vice President and Managing Director of the United States branch of the Academy, concurs, adding, "Project Engineering teaches multi discipline project engineering, cost optimization, maintainability, operability, safety, and quality in engineering design. Project Engineering education will make students aware of current industry needs and hence will make them more confident and valuable to the industry."

Mr. Davidson adds, "The CPeP program represents a new horizon in practical engineering study. You can literally redefine your engineering career with accredited Project Engineering certification. A CPeP certification is a stamp of quality."

"We encourage students as well as engineering professionals to take the CPeP course, and to become members/fellows of the Academy of Project Engineering. Widespread PE knowledge can only raise the standards of the industry, creating a higher level of professionalism across the board, and ensuring the best outcome for every project."

And it just may help ensure that fewer highly educated engineers end up behind fast-food counters.


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