Operate in an engineering environment


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to operate in an engineering design team.

The unit of competency is applied by drafting personnel and technicians in a civil and structural engineering environment operating as part of an engineering team.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


Elements describe the essential outcomes.


Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1.    Plan and write documents

1.1.      Determine document purpose

1.2.      Identify the target reader

1.3.      Choose appropriate document format

1.4.      Prepare document draft

2.    Prepare and deliver a presentation

2.1.      Determine presentation outcomes

2.2.      Identify target audience and resources requirements

2.3.      Prepare presentation draft

2.4.      Apply appropriate strategies and delivery methods to suit requirements

2.5.      Deliver and evaluate effectiveness of the presentation

3.    Identify the key emerging technologies and trends in the sector

3.1.      Access sources of information on emerging technologies in civil and structural engineering sector

3.2.      Identify and document a selection of emerging technologies and trends in the sector in relation to individuals, organisation and society

4.     Identify roles and duties of personnel in the engineering and related fields

4.1.      Explain the role, functions, typical qualifications and experience of key personnel

4.2.      Outline the different training and education requirements for key personnel

4.3.      Identify sources of education and industry training structures and opportunities for career development

4.4.      Summarise the nature, typical content and application of industrial awards in the Australian engineering workplace


Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.


MEM22002A Manage self in the engineering environment is equivalent.



Assessment requirements for DCSOEE609 Operate in an engineering environment


To achieve competency in this unit a person must satisfy the requirements of the elements and performance criteria, foundation skills and range of conditions included in the unit.

The person must also:

  • deliver an effective presentation as assessed by:
    • engagement with the audience and monitoring of responses
    • varied verbal and non-verbal communication to maintain audience’s interest
    • visual aids that capture audience’s interest and reinforce message
    • audience comprehension of the information
    • invitations to audience to ask questions
  • researching career development opportunities in engineering

Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once for each criterion.


To achieve competency in this unit, a person must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • formats and purposes of documents used in engineering projects
  • emerging trends in civil and structural engineering
  • roles and responsibilities in civil and structural engineering
  • sources of relevant industry awards


Assessment conditions:

All assessment must be completed in accordance with work health and safety standards.

When assessments are conducted remotely, invigilation software must be used to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers or marking guides must be provided for all assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.

The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

Assessor Requirements:

Assessors must satisfy the assessor requirements in the standards for registered training organisation (RTOs) current at the time of assessment.

Assessors must also hold a tertiary qualification in engineering or related field.

Assessors must have worked for at least 3 years in industry where they have applied the skills and knowledge covered in this unit of competency.

The RTO must also ensure that trainers and assessors keep their industry knowledge up to date through ongoing professional development.

The RTO must take appropriate steps, as an ongoing procedure, to verify information about trainer and assessor’s qualifications, vocational competencies and current industry skills


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