PolyU SPEED offers HKIE accredited engineering programmesEducation | 14 Apr 2021
Engineering degree programmes at the School of Professional Education and Executive Development of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU SPEED) have recently obtained accreditation from The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) to facilitate its graduates’ career development as a professional engineer.
To become a qualified engineer in Hong Kong, the first step is to complete an HKIE accredited programme. With years of preparation, three engineering degree programmes at PolyU SPEED have successfully obtained the accreditation.
They are Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Engineering and Management, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical Engineering, and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering.
“HKIE accreditation provides students with the best starting point for their career,” says Professor Leung Chun-wah, Professor of SPEED and Associate Dean (Research) of College of Professional and Continuing Education, PolyU. Students who complete any of the above programmes will be eligible to undergo Scheme ‘A’ graduate training in an engineering company approved by HKIE.
“This is a formal yet fast training route that enables students to become an engineer in a minimum of four years,” he says. “Alternatively the general experience route takes at least six years.”
The difference between these two routes, Professor Leung explains, is mainly time and recognition. “For the latter one, there is a risk that HKIE may not recognize their work experience, and, as a result, they would not be able to get the license.”
BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (ME) Offers Students Diverse Career Pathways
Dr Kahangamage, Programme Leader of ME, points out that the accreditation is helpful for graduates to pursue higher education as it provides a worldwide recognition. Additionally, this also enables students to start early career planning and enhance their overall competitiveness in the job market.
“To provide students with a diverse career development pathways, our programme offers three technical streams: Mechanical Services and Environmental Engineering (MSE), Engineering Design and Automation (DA), and Aerospace Engineering (AE), along with a wide variety of elective subjects,” he adds.
High Demand of BSc (Hons) in Building Engineering and Management (BEM) Graduates
Mr Edmond Wong, Award Leader of BEM, agrees that the HKIE accreditation ensures students’ career prospects. “As not many programmes come with this recognition, it is a booster for our students’ confidence when competing with graduates from other institutions.”
Aside from the HKIE accreditation, the BEM programme is also accredited by two professional institutions, including the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM) and the UK renowned Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). “Housing is a basic need, especially in Hong Kong,” he says.
Students of BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering (EE) Gain Hands-on Experience
The HKIE accreditation also means that students can join the association as a student member which helps prepare them as professional engineers. Dr Chau Chun-pong, Programme Leader of EE, says that students can participate in different activities including visiting power facilities and work sites to gain hands-on experience of power equipment. They can acquire knowledge beyond the classroom and gain a better understanding of engineering.
“Even if the students have no interest in pursuing Scheme ‘A’, they can still benefit from the programme,” he says. “As many jobs offered by the big companies or government tend to recruit graduates from accredited programmes.”
PolyU SPEED will organise a series of programme talk and consultation in April. Participants will know more about the benefits of these programmes regarding further study, future career and professional development. Visit www.speed-polyu.edu.hk for more details.