The Identification of Engineering Work that has been in the making since 2000, was eventually gazetted in March this year. People now have roughly three years to comply – depending on your surname.
Responsibility of companies
Companies not employing anybody that does engineering work can relax – this is not for you. Companies whose employees do perform engineering work, as per Identification of Engineering Work (IoEW), may also relax as long as they inform their customers that they are not qualified to do the design or give advice, in the case of companies responsible for sales and those companies that are their customers, must ensure that all work is signed off by a person registered with ECSA.
So what happens if you do not follow the rules stipulated in the Engineering Professions Act of 2000? I expect that nothing will happen because government does not have the resources to police this issue – until something goes wrong that is. Then investigators will dig through the paperwork and just like in the case of ‘smooth tyres on your vehicle’, you will be guilty no matter what the other party did.
So if I decide that my company will continue doing ‘engineering work’, how must I treat this resource of mine?
Companies often come up with slogans like: ‘my employees are my most valued asset’. So, in order to start looking after this ‘most important asset’, what do you need to do?
• If you have candidates for registration in your employ, ensure that they get sufficient experience at the right level to be able to register.
• If you have employees who are already registered, you need to provide the necessary time for them to get sufficient Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points, so that they can remain registered.
• Allow them to join the appropriate Voluntary Association (VA) that will support them in their further development – and get a discount from ECSA for being a member of a VA recognised by ECSA.
• Allow them to participate in committee activities that will assist them in their quest for CPD points (they get points for serving on a VA committee).
• Allow them time to visit events that have been assessed for CPD points.
You are welcome to contact me for further information or you can contact ECSA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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