Hi Chris/All Young IPWEA Members, Firstly, I would like to introduce myself. I am Anuj Sharma, Asset Management Engineer at Pittwater Council. I am pretty much in the same boat as you Chris. I am a Graduate Engineer and now doing Masters of Engineering Management (MEM) and plan to follow it up with my MBA. I have had quite a few discussions in my work place (talking with my senior staff) about my course choices. I found that people in higher management are more supportive of the MBA whereas the Engineers/Supervisors feel that MEM is more relevant. This package allows you to reach out to both.
Currently in my last semester of MEM, I found it to be very useful because it discusses relevant issues that I have to deal with (and sometimes make decisions on) which aren't taught in the undergraduate degree such as Risk mitigation strategies, the concept of OH&S and the constraints it can put on while acting as a Project Manager to name a few.
I am going to make a guess that you probably will be doing your degree through UTS as well. In that case, I can completely assure you that the lecturers, knowledge delivery and the Course material:
a) is highly relevant (from my perspective),
b) is of very high quality.
I can also say that I have learnt more from the post-graduate degree when compared to the undergrad engineering as I have been able to apply the knowledge, verify the content in real world situation and assess the results from the application of this knowledge. However, if you are solely focussed on increasing your Asset Management knowledge, I suggest looking into Postgraduate courses offered by IPWEA / UTAS in Infrastructure of Asset Managment as these are designed for this purpose.
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