Dubai: Engineer license amendments revealed

ConstructionWeekOnline rounds up the amended education and work experience requirements for licensing engineers in Dubai

Dubai Municipality's amended engineer licensing requirements have been revealed. [Representational image]
Dubai Municipality's amended engineer licensing requirements have been revealed. [Representational image]

Dubai Municipality announced amendments to engineer licensing procedures in the emirate earlier this week. 

A central electronic system will be established to carry out technical tests of engineers working in Dubai and issue their approval certificates. 

READ: E-system to test and approve Dubai engineers

Under the new system, the municipality's Buildings Department will approve the technical standards for the qualification of engineers based on Local Order No. 3 of 1999 on the organisation of construction work in Dubai.

The decision also stipulates that the Buildings Department establish the conditions and requirements for the registration of assistant engineers and similarly positioned employees in the electronic system.

The following pages outline the minimum requirements of engineers auditing various project types and sizes across Dubai. 

The minimum specialisation of an engineer for auditing decoration projects and minor additions should be a bachelor's degree.

The engineer must be registered in the Society of Engineers both in the UAE and in the Engineers’ Guild, or with Association in the their mother country.

This requirement is necessary for all specialisations of engineers.

They will also be tested in a competency exam for the Emirate of Dubai, wherein they must obtain a mark of not less than 75%.

Engineers that audit private residential villa projects, and engineers of investment villa projects, must have at least five years of work experience, and also fulfill the other conditions as laid out for auditing decoration projects and simple additions.

Meanwhile, engineers auditing public buildings and industrial projects must, in addition to the previous requirements, have seven years of work experience.

Next page: Multi-storey requirements

Engineers who audit multi-storey buildings of up to 10 floors must have 10 years' work experience and a bachelor's degree or higher, as well as secure 80% marks in the competence exam for the Emirate of Dubai.

For engineers carrying out inspections of multi-storey buildings spanning more than 10 floors, 15 years of work experience and a 90% score in the competence exam are required.

The same standards apply to the audit specialisation of the Municipality, the agency said in a statement.

For auditing the Municipality's licensing schemes, three years of experience are required for decoration works.

Consultants for G+4 projects must have five years of experience, and consultants of G+12 projects must have 10 years' experience.

Up to 15 years of experience are required for buildings not limited to a specific number of floors.

Next page: Technical requirements

Basic engineers working in contracting companies must, as per a general criterion, have a degree or a diploma.

Technical requirements of engineers in the decoration and maintenance sector are two years of experience for bachelor's degree holders, and five years for diploma holders.

Demolition engineers must possess three years' experience if they hold a bachelor’s degree, and five years' experience if they hold a diploma.

Contractors of G+1 projects should hold a bachelor’s degree, and consultants and contractors for metal installations in G+1 projects should have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or architecture.

The degree is a pre-requisite for contractors of G+4 and G+12 buildings, and no objection is specified to a higher qualification.



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