Engaging the Tasmanian Engineering Profession: 2020 in Review

Despite the challenges presented in 2020, Engineers Australia’s Tasmanian team has successfully worked to support the Tasmanian profession, and made several important advancements. From offering new opportunities to members to ensuring engineers are represented in important conversations, learn more about our work below.
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Growing knowledge and connecting members

As face-to-face events were put on hold around the country, Engineers Australia moved to an online CPD delivery format, providing webinars to members across the country and even globally. With more than 300 online webinars presented since May, this has allowed our members to access a far greater range of CPD than ever before.

At a local level, moving to a national CPD model has allowed us to look towards how we can best use local events to supplement the CPD online offering for Tasmanian members. The last quarter of 2020 has allowed us to resume some face to-face-activity, with all local groups hosting successful events. This momentum will continue into 2021 with a vibrant calendar of engagement activities available.

 

Celebrating Engineering Excellence

In September the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards were announced in a virtual ceremony which included Tasmania’s Engineer of the Year announcements.

Congratulations to Tasmania’s Sir William Hudson Award Finalist Caterpillar Underground Mining with their Minestar Command for Underground project, and to Tasmania’s Professional and Young Professional Engineers of the Year, Seth Langford and Michael Healy.

During the National Pinnacles award ceremony, broadcast live in November, Tasmanian member Bruce Cole was awarded the President’s Prize for his work as part of the Centenary Book Committee on Anything is Possible and Wonders Never Cease.

You can still register to watch both awards ceremonies on demand.

This year also saw Tasmania welcome 21 new Chartered Engineers, five new Engineering Executives, and five new Fellows.

 

Growing Tasmania’s Engineering Pipeline

The Driving Diversity Scholarships for Women in Engineering program ran again, awarding three $5,000 scholarships to female engineering students to support gender diversity in the profession with the support of Hydro Tasmania and Caterpillar.

We continued to advocate for support of a graduate workforce through the Skills Tasmania roundtables, and engaged with around 500 university students throughout the year. Across two orientation sessions, one careers fair and five lectures we promoted opportunities in engineering and helped them prepare to navigate the transition from education to the workforce.

 

The Voice of the Profession

By working closely with the TasWater Capital Delivery Office (CDO) we are acting as the voice for our Tasmanian members, in ensuring their upcoming works program drives opportunities for our local engineers. As part of this work we ran an Industry Forum to allow members to learn more about the operation of the CDO and ask questions.

We continued to build a strong public profile for engineering in Tasmania with multiple media opportunities in TV, print and radio over the course of the year.

 

Engineers Australia thanks the Tasmanian Division Committee, groups and members for their continued support throughout a challenging year. We look forward to providing you with new opportunities and advocating for our local profession in 2021.

 

Image: Tasmanian finalists and members celebrating during the National Pinnacles Awards livestream