Dr Peter L Bates

FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Adjunct Professor, STEM

University of Canberra

Dr Peter L Bates has extensive experience in aviation consulting, educating and auditing with International Air Transport Association (IATA), Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS), University of Sydney, University of Canberra and NSW Rural Fire Service.

Peter has a wide range of operational and management experience in the aviation industry, including roles as Air Operations Manager for the NSW Rural Fire Service, B747-400 Technical Pilot, IATA Instructor & Auditor. He was also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Sydney and developer of courses in Aviation Operations & Management.

He has extensive experience in local government as Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor. Peter was also Former Chair of the Canberra Branch of the Mechanical College of Engineers Australia and Former Deputy Chair of Canberra Division of the Biomedical College of Engineers Australia.

Peter’s current title is Adjunct Professor, STEM at the University of Canberra and he is member of the Accreditations and Standards Group of Engineers Australia.

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Since 2012.

Why did you become a volunteer?
To help raise the profile of engineers as a fundamental empirical profession where failure is not an option, which is beyond and more evolved that of science which is based on objectively analysing failure.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
The ability to be creative in developing innovative ideas to promote the profession.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Restructuring the Mechanical and Biomedical Committees, ACT Branch and being a member of the EA Academic Accreditation Team.

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
By using a structured approach focused on outcomes as opposed to style or political appeasement.

How do you balance work and volunteering?
I don’t see it as volunteering, rather as contributing. I integrate my time to optimise both commitments.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?

Headshot of Peter L Bates

Don’t focus on the term ‘Volunteer’, rather on the concept of contributing to a profession that you respect and proudly represent, with a view to promoting its attributes as a fundamental pillar of modern civilised and emerging regulated communities.

Image: courtesy of Dr Peter L Bates