Local Engineering Warrant
The engineering act defines the eligibility for the warrant as well as the duties and obligations pertaining to a warrant holder. An engineering degree is necessary, followed by at least three years experience. However any work experience during the degree itself can contribute by not more than a year towards the work experience. In practice most engineering warrants are obtained having has three years work experience after graduation.
The law stipulates an Engineering Board made up of members who are themselves warrant holders, partly nominated according to defined criteria by the Government, and partly elected directly by the warrant holders. Elections are held every two years.
In the current legislature the Engineering Board falls under the responsibility of the Hon Joe Mizzi M.P., Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.
Eur. Ing. Title
This is a title awarded by FEANI (Fédération Européene d’Associations Nationale d’Ingénieurs) to applicants that are first vetted by national committees of FEANI member associations, NMC, and then brought in front of a central FEANI Board known as the EMC (European Monitoring Committee). There are precise rules for award. In practice many countries do not agree with all the conditions, and in some countries the award is simply not given. This applies particularly in Italy, and other Southern Region countries.
The Chamber of Engineers is the local body affiliated to FEANI, and it has been a member for more than twenty years. The Chamber has a local National Monitoring Committee, (NMC) which vets applications for the Eur. Ing. The criteria necessary are a first degree (an M.Sc. without a first degree is not automatically accepted) and five years working experience in an engineering environment. The range of acceptable areas range from civil engineering to forest and food engineering.
The Chamber has close collaboration with FEANI. It participates actively in the annual general meeting of FEANI. In fact two of the annual general meetings, in 1994 and in 2004, were held in Malta.
University Degree Accreditation by FEANI
FEANI maintains an INDEX listing the institutions of engineering higher education in 28 European countries represented within FEANI, and their engineering programmes, which are all recognized by FEANI as fulfilling the mandatory education requirements for the EUR ING title.
The process involves first an application that is done via the local national member (CoE), filling in details of the course. This application is seen by the FEANI EMC. A delegation from the EMC eventually visits the university to look at the environment, (classrooms, equipment, administration), and talk to students and academics. Based on this a final recommendation is made to accredit or not the course.
In Malta all the various B.Eng courses (those that were three years long, the student-worker courses and the more recent four year courses) are accredited. There are also accredited the Civil Engineering stream of the B.E & A. course, and the Engineering Stream of the ICT Faculty, B.Sc (Hons) IT in CCE (Computer and Communications Engineering).
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