Engineering competencies are used to inform conversations about career progression between an engineer and their line manager. They define what an engineer is expected to be doing at a particular level. They are not a checklist, but a way to indicate what areas they may need to improve in. We also expect engineers to be meeting competencies from the levels before their current one.
We divide competencies into levels for different seniorities.
Each level represents the expectations and responsibilities that change from one level into another, so the name of each level contains two different job titles:
So, for example, a Junior Engineer should be considering the competencies at the “Junior to Mid” level.
Each competency has a summary which is designed to prompt a yes/no response. For each competency, an engineer should feel able to answer either “yes, I’m meeting this competency”, or “no, I’m not meeting this competency, yet”. An engineer and their line manager should keep a record of evidence for meeting each competency, for example:
|Contributes to the personal development of more junior people||Yes||Has been mentoring a junior member of staff for six months. Ran a department-wide Git workshop|
|Leads hiring process for new Engineers||No||The team has not had to hire new engineers in the last year, and so this competency cannot be met|
A copy of the Engineering Progression Tracker (Google Sheet) is useful for keeping track of progress.
Some competencies are domain-specific. This means that the competency is only applicable if an engineer is working in a specific domain. For example, an engineer who builds web pages is expected to know about web accessibility, but we wouldn’t expect the same of an engineer who works in operations.
Some competencies have one or more examples. The examples are purely illustrative, and will not apply to everyone. When working towards a competency, an engineer does not need to be meeting any of the examples given if they can provide evidence that they are meeting the competency in another way.