Introduction to Heritage Engineering


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Time commitment

30 hours
(15 hours self-paced learning plus 15 hours for onsite intensive)


Blended or Online Learning plus Face to Face intensive



This course will provide engineers and other professionals with an introduction to the skills to assess significance and understand the conservation needs of engineering and industrial heritage sites and items.

Jointly developed by Engineering Heritage Australia and the University of Canberra the course consists of introductory online learning including an assessed report on an engineering site or item.

Whether this is the first step on your journey in the world of engineering heritage or a continuation of a passion, this course will help you expand your skills, grow your network and uncover amazing parts of our Australian story through the lens of engineering.

Enrolment starts from 1st May, access to online course components will be given upon enrolment, you must be enroled in the course by 11th June. As part of the course you will be required to attend a two day, face-to-face intensive in Sydney from 5th July – 6th July.

Career potential

This course makes a significant contribution to your professional development.  Members of Engineers Australia can claim 30 CPD points to support annual registration requirements, and may use the assignments towards a portfolio for application for accreditation as Heritage Engineers. For other students the assignments are optional. All assignments submitted will receive feedback.

Who should apply for this course

Engineers, heritage professionals and other interested applicants.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and assess cultural heritage values with relevance to engineering heritage sites and machinery;
  • Identify engineering heritage materials and techniques, and recognise key deterioration patterns
  • Prepare a significance report and preservation plan for an engineering heritage site

Course presenters

Learn from industry experts

Dr Alison Wain

Assistant Professor of Cultural Heritage, University of Canberra

Alison Wain is Assistant Professor in Cultural Heritage at the University of Canberra teaching materials conservation and heritage practice. Her research focuses on the challenges of preserving and interpreting engineering, industrial and science heritage, and the importance of recognising the intangible heritage of culture, skills and changeability connected with and embodied in machinery heritage. She led the Large Technology Workshop at the Australian War Memorial for 10 years and founded and continues to run the Big Stuff conference series and website.

Ian Maitland

Ian has practiced as a structural engineer for 25 years in Australia, Canada and England, and then as director of a national consulting firm, managing the WA office. For the next twenty years he ran his own practice specialising in heritage structural engineering conservation.

Ian was awarded the 2012 John Monash Medal - Engineers Australia’s heritage award, the Medal of Order of Australia in 2015 for Services to Cultural Heritage and Civil Engineering, and in 2020 was awarded Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Course structure

Module 1

Online learning

  • What is Heritage?
  • What is significance?
  • Materials encountered in engineering heritage
Module 2

Onsite intensive

  • 5 July - The guiding principles of heritage engineering
  • 6 July - Applying heritage principles to a real site

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