Queensland Division

Engineering Associates and Technologists update

On behalf of Engineers Australia and the Engineering Associates and Technologists (EAT) Queensland branch committee, we hope this update reaches you well. The EAT Queensland branch committee would like to provide you a mid-year summary of our actions. 

COVID-19 restrictions

The Queensland Engineering Associates and Technologists and other committees are still functioning well in the COVID-19 restrictions. We endeavour to meet in a hybrid setting, with as many as possible gathering at the Brisbane Engineers Australia office on Adelaide Street.  

Engineer of the Year and Honorary Fellows awards

This year the EAT Queensland branch set up an award panel, which spent considerable time researching and assisting our members in being nominated for the Engineer of The Year and Honorary Fellow awards.  

In the Engineering Associate and Technologist categories, we are pleased to have six Queensland finalists: 

  1. Young Engineering Associate of the Year – Damien Richards AMIEAust CEngA NER IntET(Aus)
  2. Young Engineering Associate of the Year – Jason Price AMIEAust CEngA NER 
  3. Engineering Associate of the Year – Edward O'Brien AFIEAust CEngA 
  4. Engineering Associate of the Year – Wade Godbee OAM AFIEAust CEngA NER 
  5. Engineering Technologist of the Year – Ashley Flower TMIEAust
  6.  Engineering Technologist of the Year – Sandra Hinrichsen TFIEAust CEngT IntET(Aus)


The full list of finalists across all categories and divisions can be viewed on the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards website. We look forward to the announcement of the award winners and hopefully celebrating the success of our Queensland finalists. The winners of these categories will be announced in November.   

The award panel found it a rewarding experience reviewing CVs, LinkedIn profiles, and working with the nominees. It was wonderful to hear first-hand some of the great work being done by Engineering Technologists and Associates around the state. Special thanks to James Angel for his enormous amount of time and effort on the panel.  

We will repeat this process for the 2022 awards and will implement some improvements, including starting the process much earlier.  

Besides bringing the deserving acknowledgement to the individual, the awards convey much recognition to engineering and its Associates, Technologist and Professional members throughout Australia. Remember to consider any of your colleagues and peers for the 2022 awards. View the the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards website for more information or reach out to us if you would like to discuss. 

Calls for expressions of interest

The call for expressions of interest to join the EAT Queensland branch for the 2022-23 term went out on the weekend. We urge you to consider volunteering for the committee regardless of your location, as we would welcome more regional representation. EOIs are due by Friday 3 September. 

Working for the profession

We are pleased to have completed several presentations by some of our senior members. Engineers Australia is encouraging Engineering Associates and Technologists to volunteer to become presenters and contribute to policy submissions where appropriate.  

We have started joint meetings with TAFE, universities and colleges to assist students and institutes in successfully completing their courses and developing our future colleagues.  

The EAT Queensland branch is also part of a new working group with staff and members from Newcastle and Queensland, as well as representatives from the National Committee for Engineering Associates and Technologists. The group brings together members with similar interests and objectives. Of particular interest is the formal recognition of Engineering Associates and Technologists in the states and territories, and nationally.  

Future activities

We are looking at having a Civil Committee debate, proposed to be a fun and informative discussion with the Civil College about Associates and Technologists. You will see this event in the Engineering News enewsletter once a date is confirmed. 

If you have any questions, feedback or ideas, please contact the EAT Queensland Branch Secretary via [email protected] or the General Manager – Queensland, Stacey Rawlings via [email protected]

Finally, thank you to all members who have already renewed. We encourage all those who haven’t to do so. 

Regards,

Errol Milevskiy TFIEAust CEngT EngExec NER IntET(Aus) 
Chair, Engineering Associate and Technologist, Queensland Branch