If you are enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering, the Bachelor of Computer Science (and degrees combined with these) or the Master of Professional Engineering, you must complete relevant, discipline-related work experience.
The professional practicum experience provides students with the ability to:
Your report should include:
The literary quality of your report will have a substantial bearing on your professional reputation. You should therefore use the professional practicum report to practice appropriate structure and reporting style. Particular attention should be paid to spelling, grammar and presentation. The latter depends on planning and orderly thinking, beginning with overall layout, sorting of content, and then logical construction of paragraphs and sentences.
For details on how to write your report, see the guide to report writing.
The report must be typed and clearly laid out with headings and references. About 2000 words is a sufficient length, with diagrams and pictures to help illustrate particular points (excessive length is unnecessary). The report should include the professional practicum coversheet and certificate(s) of practical work must be completed and included as appendices to the report. These documents are available in the right hand sidebar.
Reports can be submitted via LMS at any time but must be submitted by the last day of your final semester at the latest in order to ensure that you can graduate on time. Please keep a copy of your report and certificates as they will not be returned.
All reports must be submitted with the following:
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The number of weeks indicated is based on full-time employment. Part time work is also acceptable but a full-time equivalent number of weeks should be completed. For example, if a MPE student is working 2.5 days per week, they should complete 24 weeks.
All reports are due by the last day of your final semester to be eligible to graduate on time.
Students do not enrol in the professional practicum units. Students will be automatically enrolled in the professional practicum unit in their final semester or upon successful completion of the unit and the result released together with the other enrolled units for the semester.
Your practicum is your opportunity to apply the knowledge you are developing in your studies to real-world situations, so you should wait until you have completed specialisation units before you undertake your placement. For students enrolled in pre-2012 courses, you should start your placement in the final years of your course. For students in the Bachelor of Science and Master of Professional Engineering, you could start the placement after completing at least two of the level three units from your degree-specific major.
Your work placement should be relevant to the discipline you are studying, apply your techincal engineering knowledge and be supervised by an accredited member of your industry. Your placement can be completed in Australia or overseas. If you are unsure if your placement is appropriate, please contact the ECM Student Office who will confirm with your school.
These companies can provide industry experience that fulfils the requirements of both the BCompSci and the BE(SE) degree programs, and have indicated a willingness to consider written applications by students for vacation employment.
You can complete placements with more than one employer. A separate certificate of practical work must be completed for each work place. Your report can discuss one or all of the placements undertaken.
If you are doing a CEED Project for your final year project, you are automatically credited with 8, 12 or 16 weeks work but you are still required to write up a report on the work you have done. The certificate of practical work indicating you are doing a CEED Project needs to be handed in with your report, as an appendix.
All students have access to UWA CareerHub (using studentID and pheme password); you can use this resource to keep up to date with current employment opportunities. Fact sheets and workshops on resume and cover letter writing, networking, job search strategies and interview tips can also be accessed in CareerHub. For details of other Careers Centre services refer to the Careers Centre website for further information.
Keep an eye on the ECM Student Experience LMS unit as the Faculty and student clubs organise a number of career information and networking sessions throughout the year.
Members of Engineers Australia can access their annual Vacation Work Guide. This resource provides information and tips about how to apply for vacation work and profiles prominent WA companies. If you are not yet a member, you can register for free on the EA website.
Students are NOT covered by the UWA Insurance cover if they are getting paid for their professional practicum. If you are NOT getting paid please contact staff at the ECM Student Office who will obtain permission from your school to undertake the work experience and arrange to provide you with a certificate of University insurance.
Students who have military experience and are enrolled in the Master of Professional Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering or a combined degree with Engineering and who have completed the Part-time General Service Officer First Appointment Course as Army Reservists will be given credit towards the work experience portion of the professional practicum of four weeks.
Students who continue in the Army Reservists in an appropriate Engineering regiment may apply for further credit towards the professional practicum based on their individual service.
Students who hold military scholarships may apply to the Faculty for credit towards the professional practicum, and credit will be judged on a case-by-case basis.