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Professional Skills for Engineers

Whether or not it is your intention to become a registered engineer or technician, you will need to demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to society, your profession and the environment, in order to reach the top. 

This unit addresses two of the six areas of learning set out in the Engineering Councils specification for higher education engineering degree accreditation. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accord.

What does it include?

  • Approaches to learning

  • Professional ethics

  • Professional conduct: a necessary quality for today’s engineers

  • Market factors

  • Commercial considerations a multi-disciplinary engineering company faces

  • Macro Economics

  • Micro Economics

  • The practical challenges of engineering: Designing and making what the market and the customer can afford

  • Stakeholders and Governance

  • Project and Operations Management

  • Leadership, Decision-Making  & Creativity

  • Teams, Collaboration & Conflict

  • Sustainable development and measures of sustainability

  • Health & Safety

  • Legal responsibility and commercial risk

  • Project Risk Management


Who is it for: Engineering Students (all levels welcome) and recent graduates.

What will you gain?

• Knowledge of professional codes of conduct

• Understanding the need for high level of professional and ethical conduct in Engineering 

• Knowledge and understanding of the commercial context of engineering

• The economic and social context of engineering

• Knowledge of management techniques

• Understanding of requirements for engineering activities to promote sustainable development 

• Ability to apply quantitative techniques

• Awareness of the relevant legal requirements governing engineering activities

• Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, risk assessment and risk management techniques

• Apply your skills in problem solving, communication, working with others, information retrieval, and the effective use of general IT facilities 

• Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD 

• Plan and carry out a personal programme of work, adjusting where appropriate 

• Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader 

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