In the future engineers will be expected to follow a new protocol which will define the standard of performance of an engineering task.
Engineers are used to working with statutory and industry design standards. In the future, they will also be expected to follow a new protocol which will define the standard of performance of an engineering task which can be expected by their employers, clients and other stakeholders.
The Professional Performance Innovation and Risk Protocol (PPIR ProtocolTM) has been developed by the Sydney University based Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, with the support of many organisations in both the public and private sectors, as well as industry associations, including APESMA. Detailed information on the project is available on the PPIR website.
The PPIR protocol, currently being rolled out in Australian engineering offices, is a concise document addressing eight critical criteria, including defining the engineering task, identifying the stakeholders and their expectations as well as assessing risks and developing risk mitigation strategies.
The aim of the Protocol is to drive behaviour which pro-actively identifies and then manages the interfaces, potential risks and expectations of stakeholders. It is expected that many engineering organisations will use the Protocol as a key element in the role descriptions of engineering staff and also in their performance appraisal processes.
As described in a recent Engineers Australia article, pilot training workshops in the application of the PPIR Protocol have already commenced, with training to continue through 2011 and 2012. Many engineers attending the workshops have responded very positively to the PPIR concept.
Chris Turnbull, from SKM said: the new protocol will help engineers solve the complex problems they are often faced with.
“At university, I remember lecturers speaking of how engineers are really problem solvers and that the degree will, while learning technical theory, instil this problem solving quality in students. PPIR defines this quality, breaking down how to provide a complete solution to complex problems,” Mr Turnbull said.
The PPIR implementation team, made up of volunteers from sponsor organisations, is using a variety of media to inform engineers about PPIR and what it means to them. PPIR representatives will be presenting at engineering conferences as well at local engineering group seminars. Another important medium is the PPIR LinkedIn group, which provides the latest PPIR developments and is an open forum for discussion. APESMA members are encouraged to visit join this group to stay informed.