Approved areas of engineering 2022-23 registration year

29 June 2022

Approved areas of engineering 2022-23 registration year

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) has published the list of approved areas of engineering ahead of the 2022-23 registration year.

Mechatronics engineering has been recognised by BPEQ as an approved area. Engineers practising in the interdisciplinary branch – connecting mechanical systems, electronic systems, information technology and control systems – will now be able to apply to become a registered professional engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) – Mechatronics.

Mechatronics engineering is expected to be a major growth area in the coming years because of its application to the design, testing and development of current and emerging smart technologies.

Australian engineering academics agreed on the following definition for mechatronics: mechatronics engineering is the engineering discipline concerned with the research, design, implementation and maintenance of intelligent engineered products and processes enabled by the integration of mechanical, electronic, computer, and software engineering technologies.

Engineers seeking registration in Mechatronics can request an eligibility assessment to become a RPEQ through BPEQ’s approved assessment entity, Engineers Australia.

In other changes to the approved areas of engineering, no new applications for registration in Building Services; Heritage and Conservation; Leadership and Management; Oil and Gas Pipeline or Pressure Equipment Design and Verification will be accepted.

The areas of engineering are approved by the Minister for Energy and Public Works on the recommendation of BPEQ. The recommendation to add Mechatronics and remove other areas of engineering was made to ensure the areas were contemporary and aligned with recognised engineering qualifications.


The full list of approved areas of engineering for 2022-23:

  • Aeronautical
  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Environmental
  • Fire Safety
  • Geotechnical
  • Geotechnical (mining)
  • Information, Telecommunications, and Electronics
  • In-service Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Metallurgical
  • Mining
  • Naval Architecture
  • Petroleum
  • Structural


For agreed definitions on the areas of engineering recognsied by BPEQ, the assessment entities and the areas of engineering they provide assessment in or the process of becoming a RPEQ, visit