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Teaching and Professional Development


Engineers today work in an environment that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. How do we equip our students, professionals and executives with the skills to adapt and thrive in this new context? First, we have to make sure they are competent to use technical concepts, and then we need to help them develop a range of non-technical competences so necessary in today’s world. Melinda works with participants to understand the importance of incorporating non-technical factors into asset management, risk, reliability and safety decision processes.

Risk reliability and safety teaching

The GENG5507, a final year unit in the engineering program at UWA taught to all disciplines uses a flipped learning approach. Core content is delivered in the pre-recorded lectures, with the other modes (failure re-enactment movies, newspaper articles, podcast interviews, television documentaries, readings of papers and Standards, and YouTube videos) selected to help the student understand how core ideas area are applied (or not), and what the consequences are. Workshops are based around case studies written by Melinda based on her industry experience and also drawn from historical events.

Melinda was awarded the UWA Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics Teaching Award for Individual Teaching in 2014.

Asset Management Professional Development Programs

Melinda, working with the AIM-UWA Business School Alliance has collaborated with a number of partners to develop new ways of educating asset managers. Partners have included a global program for Rio Tinto 2007-2012, a national program from the Defence Materiel Organisation 2012-ongoing, the gold mining company Barrick and many others through the AM4M Executive Program which ran from 2010-2013.

The collaboration with Rio Tinto resulted in a prestigious award for Excellence in Practice from the European Foundation for Management Development in 2011. The RT AMPDP program is more fully described in the publication - Hodkiewicz, M.R., West, G., Bartlett, N. & Tapsall, S. (2012) Case study: Rio Tinto value and performance improvement, 165-174, ed. C.Lloyd in International Case Studies in Asset Management, ICE Publishing, London.

Master of Business and Engineering Asset Management

This program, a joint program between the UWA Faculties of Engineering and Business opened in 2008. It was aimed at working asset management professionals based in WA. When it started its design which included a strong focus on organisational behaviour, strategy and finance as well as traditional engineering focus areas such as risk and reliability was quite novel though many programs have since followed this lead. Despite strong demand, the program was closed to new applicants in 2012 due to changes in master programs at UWA and the rise of numerous other opportunities for professional development in AM associated with the launch of the ISO standards.

A paper describing the development and design of the MBEAM program is available as follows. Hodkiewicz MR 2007, ‘Education in Engineering Asset Management’, ICOMS Asset Management Conference – Total Asset Management, Melbourne, May 2007.

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