Engineering Associates Registrar to Retire

  John Edgar (REA) has indicated to the Engineering Associates Registration Board that he wishes to retire from the position of the Boards Registrar toallow the pursuit of more leisurely activities. John has fulfilled the duties of Registrar since 1998, and before that as a member of the Board for 24 years on the nomination of the then NZ Institute of Mechanical Engineers Inc.

John commenced his career with an oil company mainly within the operations side, before joining the then new nylon extrusion plant at Shannon. Upon its collapse, John returned to the oil industry as anengineer with a contracting service company. One highlight of his career was his appointment as the Project Manager for the NZ oil industry for the metric conversion of all the fuel dispensing equipment. John became Operations Director for the Service Company, until its absorption into a largeUK based corporation, retiring to become a consultant until 1999.

The Board has enjoyed the benefit of Johns organising and administrative ability to ensure that the Boards office located in Wellington remained efficient whilst keeping pace with technologydevelopments. Johns prior experience as a Quality Systems Auditor / Administrator has contributed to the ongoing improvement in administration systems.

The Board will be advertising for a Registrar to commence about April 2018, and believes it would suit someone who would enjoy a part time occupation within the engineering industry. The Registrar needsto be conversant with the heirarchy levels of the Engineering Technician and Technologist frameworks, and demonstrate skilled communication and administrative abilities. It is a sole charge position so self-motivation is essential to satisfy the demands of all the tasks involved in thestatutory environment of the Engineering Associates Act. Meanwhile the Board welcomes expressions of interest in this position, in anticipation of the formal advertisements. See the website for all contact details.

Further details will be presented on the Boards website and formally advertised in the media in the early months of 2018.

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Review of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006


I am writing to you to seek your input on the review of the operation of the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006 (the PGDAct).

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (the Ministry) is reviewing the operation of the PGDAct (thereview), as required by section 187. As part of the review process, the Ministry is gathering information from the sector to gain a better understanding on how well the PGDAct isoperating. The Ministry is seeking input from the following groups:

" the regulatory boards operating in the building and construction sector

" plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers

" other industry stake holders.

Part of the review will test how well the PGDAct is achieving its principal aim of protecting the health and safety ofthe public by ensuring the competency of people engaged in the provision of sanitary plumbing, gasfitting anddrainlaying.

Engineering technicians work closely with the building sector, particularly builders, plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers. Given this, any feedback theEngineering Associates Registration Board (EARB) is able to provide on how well the PGDAct is, or is not, operating would be appreciated. For example, you may be able to comment on the following key questions we are asking thesector:

" How safe is the work carried out by licensed plumbers,gasfitters, and drainlayers?

" How compliant is work by licensed plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers, with the relevant legislation?

" How well is non-compliant plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work reported and followed through withenforcement action?

" How appropriately supervised is the work by plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers, that has to becarried out under supervision?

EARB's response to the above questions, and any other comments that EARB may have, are important to the Ministry, and will contribute to informing the review. The review findings will bereported to the Minister for Building and Housing and tabled inParliament.




Proposals to Change the Occupational Regulation of Engineers in NZ


In September 2014, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) sought your comments on a set of proposals to improve the way that professional engineers are regulated as an occupation within NewZealand.   Consultation closed on 31 October 2014.

The proposals were developed in response to recommendations made by the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission (Part 3 (Volumes 5, 6 and 7) of the Final Report) and a review of the existing professional engineers regulatory system carried out during 2013 and 2014 by officials from MBIE.

The proposals aim to ensure engineers can be held accountable for substandard work and have the right knowledge, skills and competence to design safe, reliable buildings.

MBIE analysed 69 submissions made on the proposals by individual engineers; engineering practices; engineering regulatory bodies; construction sector representatives and professional groups; technical societies; local councils; private individuals, interest groups and companies.

Read a
summary of the consultation submissions.

MBIE thanks all the respondents who took the time to provide their views on and input into these proposals.

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