U.S. Department of Labor and AAES Publish New Engineering Competency Model

July 10, 2015

Media Contact:
Lynn Wallace

RESTON, Va. -- The American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) announced today that it has developed an Engineering Competency Model to serve as a guide for the development of the engineering workforce. The Engineering Competency Model (“the model”) provides a universal template for the set of skills and abilities that are essential for success in the engineering community. Funded by a generous grant from the United Engineering Foundation, the model was developed by AAES in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and subject matter experts from education, government and industry.

The Engineering Competency Model provides specific guidance to employers and engineers on the core competencies and skills necessary to enter into the engineering profession, as well as to maintain proficiency during one’s career. The need for qualified engineers is expected to increase over the next seven years. According to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the engineering field will grow by 8.6% between 2012 and 2022, resulting in over 544,000 job openings due to growth and net replacements during that period.[1]

“This is a critical step for the engineering community,” said Jerry Carter, Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and co-chair of the AAES Lifelong Learning Working Group, which developed the model. “The Engineering Competency Model has the potential to unite the profession on the fundamental requirements that engineers will need to solve the global challenges we are facing.”

The Engineering Competency Model includes industry-wide technical competencies that are essential for success. The model is intended for use by industry leaders, employers, human resource professionals, educators, workforce professionals and career counselors, as well as current and future engineers. AAES will encourage other organizations to adopt the Engineering Competency Model and promote the development of additional competencies that build on the model and incorporate discipline-specific technical skills. For more information on the Engineering Competency Model, visit the Competency Model Clearinghouse

AAES is a multidisciplinary organization of engineering societies dedicated to advancing the engineering profession’s impact on the public good. AAES’ mission is “to serve as one voice for the U.S. engineering profession.” For more information on AAES and its working groups, please visit http://www.aaes.org/.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration is leading the Industry Competency Model Initiative to build relationships with industry partners to develop and maintain dynamic models of the foundational and technical competencies that are necessary in economically vital industries and sectors of the American economy. For more information on the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Industry Competency Model Initiative, please visit http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/.


[1] BLS 2012-2022 employment projections, http://www.bls.gov/emp