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Gaining professional registration as a student: Bavly Obaid, EngTech

Bavly became professionally registered as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) through his industrial placement as an application support engineer at Cummins.

Bavly Obaid Did you know that many IT and engineering undergrad students can achieve the competencies needed to obtain professional registration during an industry placement year?

Bavly Obaid, studying towards an MEng in mechanical engineering at the University of Hertfordshire, found out about the opportunity to become professionally registered from his tutor during his placement at Cummins, a manufacturer of 4-stroke diesel engines.

Applying for EngTech after a year in industry

Once he’d completed his placement year, Bavly applied for EngTech status using his logbook and a portfolio of the work he’d carried out on placement to prove he met the necessary standards.

“To apply I had to submit an application form listing my previous and current education along with my previous employment and placement year details. I also wrote a little about my placement and had to highlight my involvement in recently completed technical tasks or projects. I also had to show how I keep in touch with developments in my technical area and how I’ve continued to develop my knowledge and skills,” he explains.

Skills gained through an industry placement

Bavly feels that his role as an application support engineer was not of a very technical nature, but one that required good project management and organisational skills, and through this experience his personal skills have been enhanced significantly.

This however did not rule out the fact that an understanding of the technical aspects of the engines was required to comprehend the standard operating procedure of releasing new components into production.

“For example my role involved making changes to engine ancillaries and I also carried out many engineering feasibility studies upon customer requests. Through this work I was exposed to geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, computer-aided engineering software, customer applications and many other field,s giving me a top level, yet broad, understanding of the design process."

How professional registration can support students

Bavly believes professional registration is very beneficial for engineers as it is a means of proving an individual’s competence through a well-known and trusted body.

“To achieve this status I feel I have been given a great opportunity to demonstrate that my experience in my placement year was of great value. It is rewarding to be recognised at such an early stage in my career, giving me an advantage in such a competitive environment. I think it will help show employers that I have the competence to advance in my work and within a large engineering firm.

“I think it is great that the IET is offering this form of official professional recognition to me and other young engineers in my position. It is rewarding to have its support and expertise in developing young engineers to being competent throughout their careers,” he adds.

Find out if you can apply for professional registration

Want to find out if your time in a work experience placement qualifies you for EngTech or ICT Technician (ICTTech) professional registration? Be sure to check in with your tutor, IET liaison or head over to our technician professional registration for students page for further information on the competencies needed and how to apply.

Originally published July 2012. Last edited August 2017.