ATTRIBUTE TIPS

It is very common for candidates to get confused with what each attribute is asking for.  Below are some tips to help you.  Keep visiting this page for updates!

Attribute 1 - Knowledge and Understanding of Engineering

  • Do you know the engineering principles behind what you are designing / building /  researching?

  • Describe your involvement in the design process to develop your solution - what methods / approaches did you use to develop your solution?

Attribute 2 - Technical and Practical application of Engineering

  • Understand the best methods of construction - how do you intend your design to be constructed?

  • Outline the problem you need to solve, what factors affect the design, use a scoring matrix to determine the best solution and evaluate your solution.

Attribute 3 - Management and Leadership

  • Are you able to spot potential issues in your team and how would you address them?

  • Describe how you would manage your projects - you do not have to use MS Project or Asta Powerproject!

Attribute 4 - Independent Judgement and Responsibility

  • Undertake design reviews from consultants - are they giving you the most cost-effective design?

  • Identify the skills that you need to learn and the steps you are taking to gain them.

Attribute 5 - Commercial ability

  • Understand the key elements of the contracts that you are using.  How are the risks apportioned?  What systems are in place to pay your contractor? What is the structure of your contract and how do you deal with disputes?

  • Provide an example of when you judged an overspend was acceptable and what did you do about it.

Attribute 6 - Health, Safety and Welfare

  • Demonstrate that you can anticipate hazards and mitigate risks in the project lifecycle (design, build, operation, maintenance, decommission and disposal).

  • CDM 2015 - role of each party, aims of CDM, elements to be incorporated into all construction projects.

  • Don't forget about welfare!

Attribute 7 - Sustainable Development

  • Read Engineering Council's Guidance on Sustainability and understand the six principles.

  • Understand the three pillars of sustainability

  • Provide and example of an engineering solution that has satisfied the client's brief, whilst controlling capital cost, maintenance cost and environmental cost.

Attribute 8 - Interpersonal Skills and Communication

  • Discuss the different audiences that you communicate with and the methods and style of communication that you use.

  • What makes communication effective and how do you measure success?

  • How does your style of communication change when you are presenting a proposal to your Director or a member of the public?

  • Provide an example of where you have persuaded others and justified your proposal leading to full co-operation.

Attribute 9 - Professional Commitment