Areas of Engineering

RPEQs are registered in an ‘area of engineering’ and must only practise engineering in the area that they are registered.

BPEQ recognises 23 areas of engineering including major disciplines such as Civil, Electrical, Mining and Structural engineering and specialist areas such as In-service Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices, and Petroleum engineering. The area of engineering (or areas – RPEQs can be registered in multiple engineering areas) a RPEQ is registered in will depend on their qualification and competency and be determined during the assessment process.

Recognised areas of engineering

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  • 1. Aeronautical*

    Obtained by having a Civil Aviation Safety Authority Instrument of Authority

    Aeronautical engineering concerns the theory, technology, and practice of flight within the Earth's atmosphere, the design of aircraft and propulsion systems and study of the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and construction materials.

  • 2. Aerospace

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    Aerospace engineering involves the development of aircraft and spacecraft. The purpose of aerospace engineering is to achieve optimal integrated aerospace systems.

  • 3. Biomedical

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    Biomedical engineering deals with combining design and problem-solving skills in applying engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes.

  • 4. Building Services

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    Building Services Engineering is concerned with aspects of the built environment, involving air conditioning and mechanical ventilation, electrical light and power, fire services, fire safety engineering, water and waste services, data and communications, security and access control, vertical transportation, acoustics in buildings and energy management.

  • 5. Chemical

    Assessed by Engineers Australia, The Institution of Chemical Engineers and Professionals Australia

    Chemical engineering helps to manage resources, protect the environment, and control health and safety procedures, while researching and developing the processes that make the products we desire/depend on.

    Chemical engineers understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical or physical state of a substance, changing raw materials into useful products used every day, such as food, pharmaceutical products, petrol, plastics, paints, paper, ceramics, minerals and metals. The operation of plants where these  every day products like are processes is also part of chemical engineering.

    Engineers working in this field may specialise as combustion engineers, petroleum engineers, principal chemical engineers, smelting engineers, water treatment engineers or environmental engineers. There is also scope for chemical engineers to move into related areas including biotechnology, food engineering and mineral engineering.

  • 6. Civil

    Assessed by Engineers Australia, Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Queensland and Professionals Australia

    Civil engineering involves the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, e.g. dams, bridges, pipelines, roads, towers and buildings, transport systems, gas and water supplies, sewerage systems, harbours, airports and railways. Civil engineering also involves assessing the impact large scale projects have on the environment, and the collection and treatment of sewage and industrial wastes. Other environmental areas include pollution control, environmental control, transport, urban development and municipal services, resource protection of building and construction of other infrastructure and service industries.

  • 7. Electrical

    Assessed by Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia

    Electrical engineering involves the research, design, development, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance and management of equipment, plant and systems within the electrical, electronic, communication and computer systems areas.

    These activities can apply to electricity generation, transmission, distribution, electrical installations in buildings and on industrial sites, electrical equipment manufacturing, instrumentation and control systems applications in industry, communications networks, electronic plan and equipment, and also the integration and control of computer systems.

  • 8. Environmental

    Assessed by The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia

    Environmental engineering is concerned with protecting the environment by assessing the impact a project has on the air, water, soil and noise levels in its vicinity. This is done by studying the project’s design, construction and operation, and minimising any adverse effects that it may have on the environment. Environmental engineering is also involved in removing problems caused by past activity, such as cleaning contaminated industrial land, so it can be used for housing. Environmental engineering helps predict what problems may be caused by accidents and assess what may cause problems for the environment in the long term. Environmental engineering is also involved in research and development of alternative energy sources, water reclamation, waste treatment and recycling.

  • 9. Fire Safety

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    Fire safety engineering deals with the protection of life, property and environment through the application of engineering principles, rules and judgement to the fire phenomenon, the effects of fire and the reaction and behaviour of people.

  • 10. Geotechnical

    Assessed by Professionals Australia

    Geotechnical engineering is involved in the planning, design and monitoring of the process of creating fit-for-purpose mining excavations associated with the surface or underground excavation of an in-situ rock mass, or matters directly associated therewith, including the construction or excavation of in-pit or underground infrastructure, the construction of waste dumps and stockpiles and the placement of backfill.  This discipline does not include geotechnical investigation and design for the construction of civil infrastructure on a mine site, specifically including access roads and rail lines, foundations for the construction of buildings and processing facilities, or tailings dams. The discipline also does not cover civil tunnelling or civil underground storage.

  • 11. Geotechnical (Mining)

    Assessed by The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

    Geotechnical (Mining) engineering investigates plans, designs and monitors the process of creating fit-for-purpose mining excavations associated with the surface or underground excavation of an in-situ rock mass, or matters directly associated therewith, including the construction or excavation of in-pit or underground infrastructure, the construction of waste dumps and stockpiles, or tailings dams, and the placement of backfill.

  • 12. Heritage and Conservation

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    Heritage and Conservation Engineering is concerned with conservation of heritage places, works, materials, structure, services and objects, assessment of heritage significance of the above, preparation of heritage impact studies, preparation of conservation management plans for places, works and objects.

  • 13. Information, Telecommunications and Electronics

    Assessed by Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia

    Information, telecommunications and electronics engineering deals with scientific engineering design to develop computer modelling tools, broadband capability, improve telecommunications systems, hardware and software, systems for media broadcasting and sound, and sophisticated electronics.

  • 14. In-service Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    In-Service Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices Engineering involves a thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements, the capability to scope and conduct inspections to AS3533, the capacity to report appropriately on inspections and a commitment to relevant CPD.

  • 15. Leadership and Management

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    This category is for practitioners who undertake functions recognised as being managerial rather than technical in content. Such managerial activities might typically include general management in an engineering environment; policy development; quality assurance and total quality management; design and delivery of training programs; marketing of engineering products or services; financial or human resource management.

  • 16. Mechanical

    Assessed by Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating, Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia

    Mechanical engineering is a diverse discipline that encompasses the teaching, practice and leadership of others in the development and application of scientific principles to mechanical systems. Mechanical engineering covers the ability to solve problems that deliver and optimise safe, sustainable and ethical solutions for the design, production and operation of devices, machines, structures, processes and systems involving mechanical elements. Mechanical engineering frequently overlaps and/or combines with other engineering technologies to create multi-disciplinary projects/solutions.

  • 17. Metallurgical

    Assessed by The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

    Metallurgical engineering involves the investigation, planning, design and the process of converting minerals produced by mining into primary commodities of economic value in sufficient quantity to be used in the manufacture of economic goods.

  • 18. Mining

    Assessed by The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

    Mining engineering deals with the investigation, planning, design and the process of extracting naturally occurring minerals containing useful commodities from the earth’s crust.

  • 19. Naval Architecture

    Assessed by Engineers Australia and The Royal Institution of Naval Architects

    Naval architecture deals with the safe design and specification of marine vessels and structures. Naval architecture can also be involved in the construction, repair, refit or operation of such marine vessels and structures.

  • 20. Oil and Gas Pipeline

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    Pipeline Engineering is multidisciplinary in nature, drawing on a broad range of general disciplines (such as civil, structural, mechanical, environmental, chemical, electrical and materials engineering) and applying them to the special area of practice of engineering of pipelines. The objective of pipeline engineering is the transportation of gas and liquid petroleum, energy transmission and related fluids through safe, efficient, environmentally sustainable and commercially successful pipelines.

  • 21. Petroleum

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    Petroleum engineering deals with four main sub-disciplines which are reservoir, drilling, production, and formation evaluation engineering. The focus is on achieving optimal integrated exploration, technical assessment, production and development of oil, gas and geothermal resources and reserves upstream of processing plants, refineries and power stations.

  • 22. Pressure Equipment Design and Verification

    Assessed by Engineers Australia

    Pressure equipment design verification is the process which assures the integrity of the equipment for the stated design and operating conditions. As a minimum, this must ensure compliance with the relevant equipment standards as well as any additional requirements deemed necessary to ensure the equipment integrity. Design verification is not concerned with functionality but is concerned with the equipment safety. The design verifier issues a certificate of design verification which includes a brief description of the equipment, its relevant design and operating conditions, principal design parameters such as maximum pressure and temperature, safe working loads, limiting wind and seismic conditions and the fluid to be contained. The certificate lists the document numbers of calculations, drawings and applicable design code(s), and includes a declaration that the verifier believes the equipment complies with the design specification and standards for the stated conditions, subject to any required modifications of observations.

  • 23. Structural

    Assessed by Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia

    Structural engineering deals with the understanding, prediction, and calculation of the stability, strength and rigidity of built structures. Structures can include buildings, bridges, in-ground structures, footings, frameworks and space frames.

*The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is the Commonwealth Government body that regulates Australian aviation safety. CASA personnel who hold an Instrument of Authority from CASA may be eligible for registration as a RPEQ in the area of Aeronautical engineering.