Think engineer. Think RPEQ.

Engineers are problem solvers, inventors , creators. In fact, so many things we use day to day results from the work of engineers.

Anyone can call themselves an engineer but not just anyone can practise engineering.

In Queensland we have a unique system that distinguishes experienced professional engineers – this is the RPEQ system.

RPEQ stands for Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland. Any engineer wanting to work in or for Queensland is legally required to be a RPEQ. To become a RPEQ, engineers must first demonstrate their qualifications and competencies. Once registered, RPEQs are held to a code of conduct and must continue to develop their skills.

WHY SHOULD YOU ENGAGE A RPEQ?

Finding a RPEQ is simple – just use the online RPEQ search function. RPEQs can be found by searching name, location, area of engineering, company or their unique RPEQ number.

So, when might you need to engage a RPEQ? A good example is when building or renovating your home. This is a big investment and you should not have any doubts about the capabilities of the people you hire.

We spoke to two experienced RPEQs about the importance of engaging RPEQs for residential work:

“Modern homes often incorporate open living areas and other design features that require careful design by a structural engineer.”

 

For many Australians, the purchase of the family home is the biggest and most important financial decision they will make.

In Queensland, a home has to cope with a wide range of factors, including extreme weather events, proximity to the coast and variable soil conditions. Modern homes often incorporate open living areas and other design features that require careful design by a structural engineer. So when building your home or planning an extension, it is important to get the right structural engineering advice from a qualified and competent RPEQ.

 

Structural engineer registered since 1992

“…it is important to provide engineering services that meet [their] expectations…”

 

Working in the residential sector as a structural engineer can be challenging, particularly with housing that is unusual or create and involves complex forms and geometry. Homeowners can be emotive about their homes and this means that it is important to provide engineering services that meet their expectations.

On occasions, problems can occur for homeowners which may require the services and expert advice of a RPEQ, such as a report that relates to an insurance claim or a legal dispute.

When you hire a RPEQ for your residential building needs you can be sure will received a high standard of service from an experienced and competent professional.

 

Civil engineer registered since 1994

Engaging a RPEQ

Check

Check that the engineer is registered by searching their name or unique RPEQ number through the online RPEQ search function

Ask

If the engineer is being engaged by someone else (e.g. a builder) ask for proof that the engineer is registered

Be confident

By only using a RPEQ you can be confident about the standard services receives

Be clear

Be clear about the scope of work being performed by the RPEQ

If something goes wrong…

If something goes wrong with an engineering service, consider making a complaint about the engineers conduct

Engaging a RPEQ

Check

Check that the engineer is registered by searching their name or unique RPEQ number through the online RPEQ search function

Ask

If the engineer is being engaged by someone else (e.g. a builder) ask for proof that the engineer is registered

Be confident

By only using a RPEQ you can be confident about the standard services receives

Be clear

Be clear about the scope of work being performed by the RPEQ

Make a complaint

If something goes wrong with an engineering service, consider making a complaint about the engineers conduct

Think engineer. Think RPEQ.

What do engineers do?

Civil and structural engineers

  • Design slab and footings for a building
  • Specify building materials and products
  • Provide certification
  • Prepare a geotechnical report
  • Design air conditioning, mechanical ventilation, electrical light and power systems

Electrical engineers

  • Design, manufacture, install, operate, maintain and manage electronic, communication and computer systems areas
  • Install electrical systems in buildings and on industrial sites
  • Manufacture electrical equipment

Mechanical engineers

  • Analyse the acoustics data for planning a building
  • Design a ventilation and air conditioning system for buildings or transport
  • Design and manufacture industrial robots for a range of applications
  • Develop new concepts for underground mining machinery and transport

Chemical engineers

  • Manage resources
  • Protect the environment
  • Control health and safety procedures
  • Change raw materials into useful products such as petrol, plastics and synthetic fibres