The International Association of Domestic Engineers (IAE) says it is now officially the new international standard for engineer certification, after a long and contentious debate among engineers.
The IAE has been trying to bring the standards together in a coherent package since 2014, and its latest revision aims to be more inclusive, with a focus on the roles of technology, management and the community.
The organisation says that since the release of its latest edition in June, the IAE is seeing more and more domestic engineers applying for its professional engineer program, and is also seeing an increasing number of applications from non-engineers.
The latest edition of IAE’s standard defines two roles for domestic engineers: engineer and manager, and says that both roles have to be “integrated into the wider organisational structure of an organisation”.
But the organisation has been under pressure to make its new role more inclusive.
The IAE has faced criticism in recent years from industry groups who say the new position of engineer is a step too far for domestic engineering, and they have called for the IAA to remove the term “engineer” from the definition.
In the current version of the IEE, engineers are defined as “those persons who undertake the technical work of the company or enterprise”, and “their role as engineers is a matter of national and international competence”.
The new edition of the standard, which will be adopted at the end of 2017, will define three roles: technical advisor, professional engineer and professional engineer manager.
The professional engineer role is one of the most prestigious and sought after in the engineering profession, and it is an important and crucial part of the career path for many engineers.
“The professional engineering role is often overlooked in the recruitment process, because the profession is usually more focussed on the technical skills and technical knowledge of the individual than on the professional expertise,” the IIA said in a statement.
The role is a “high-profile” one and is considered the pinnacle of engineering, the organisation said.
The first person who becomes an engineer is selected from a shortlist of applicants, who then work together in groups of four.
The position is held for three years, during which they develop a “bio-technical profile” and “conduct extensive research” into the company’s technical requirements.
Once the three years are over, the position is taken by the first person to be selected from the group of candidates, who is then invited to take the exam.
The institute said the qualification process for engineers has changed since the original edition, and the new edition should not be taken as an indication of the qualifications of the candidates.
“It is a new and innovative standard for engineering, so we are still not sure whether it will change the perception of the profession,” said the IAFE’s head of technical services, Dr Richard D’Arcy.
“It will need to be assessed and verified, and if it is, it will be implemented by the employers and the employers’ recruitment departments.”
The IAA said it has also heard from engineers who are currently working in non-technical roles and are looking for a new role.
“We want to be aware of the current trends in the industry and understand that we need to continue to ensure that the professional engineering position remains relevant to those who aspire to become engineers,” it said.