Engineers with previous titles to the Bologna Plan have no clear reference on the level would correspond them to the new university system. This has caused many of these engineers are encountering discriminations, to attend international bids in other countries, and have difficulties to prove, in order to occupation, an equivalence between his engineering degree and Master derivatives from Bologna.

Colleges and professional engineering associations have actively participated in the process of matching engineer titles at Masters level. It has been a long process to achieve just correspondence involving positive consequences for professionals and companies of our country.

Thus, in November 2014 published Royal Decree 967/2014 which establishes the procedure for determining the levels correspond to the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES) of the official titles of architect, engineer, lawyer, technical architect, technical engineer and graduate. This royal decree establishes a long and bureaucratic process, but if the deadlines are met, the resolutions of correspondence from pre-Bologna titles will be published before the end of 2015.

Later in January 2015, the RD 22/2015, said the correspondence between the MECES and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). So engineers have recognized EQF Level 7 (Master), when we have the correspondence to Level 3 MECES.

On May 12 came to public information the equivalence of pre-Bologna 18 titles. Among these 18, there are the titles of Industrial Engineering, Electronics, Engineering in Automation and Industrial Electronics, and Chemical Engineering. These engineering degrees are expected to have the correspondence MECES level 3 (equivalent to EQF-7 Master level, according to Royal Decree 22/2015). Thus, this year is likely to at last the Cabinet approved resolutions indicating that the title of Industrial Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Geologist, Industrial Organization Engineer … corresponds to level 3 of MECES, which It corresponds to EQF level 7 (Master).

The correspondence from the official title of Engineer Master level will be certified by mere reference to the publication in the Official Gazette along with the title of Engineer. Also you can get, individually and through the electronic site of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, a certificate from the Department of Qualifications and Recognition of Qualifications.

AQPE, composed by 15 professional engineering institutions, known to engineers of our country have played a decisive role in the modernization and progress of society, to be a real engine for development and economic and business growth. These correspondences, it seems that finally solved the historical claim of engineering, so that the old titles have adequate status within the new framework of current university education, as for recognition of studies in the international field.

TONI MOLINA
Secretario general de la AQPE
Ingeniero industrial colegiado núm. 12001