Chartered Engineer - Case study

Winsy DissanayakeWinsy Dissanayake started out as an Analyst Programmer before progressing through his career as an MIS Manager and Consultant. After completing his Masters, Winsy continued his career as a Solutions Engineer before joining CPS Technology Group as a Senior IT Engineer.

We started by asking Winsy to describe his interest in IT and why he chose a career as an engineer.

‘I have been interested in electronics since I was six and have been designing circuits since primary school. However, the introduction into computers by my parents when I was twelve lured me into IT and I have been in IT ever since, having made my first program at 14’.  Winsy continues, ‘I started my career in IT as an analyst programmer and was subsequently provided with scholarships that facilitated my obtaining Post Graduate Diplomas in both Business and IT and then a Masters in IT. I have also obtained numerous vendor certifications to-date. I consider it a privilege to be able to make my career something that I have been so passionate about; it’s a dream come true’.

In achieving Chartered Engineer status through the Institute, Winsy wanted to benchmark and ratify his professional, academic, technical and management skills and experience. ‘I personally believe that qualifications and certifications are important, but vital aspects of a profession such as integrity, ethics and moral outlook can be obtained by professional registration by a reputed professional body’.

‘My CEng status enables me to demonstrate a stamp of professional excellence on solutions designed by me. Clients extend greater trust in my technical, professional and ethical skills and abilities, which given the scope of the work handed to me is a necessity’.

In terms of IT I believe BCS are the apex professional body as evident in their wide global coverage, depth of their certifications and mature code of conduct.

Winsy found the BCS Assessment process rigorous but well balanced and fair, ‘I felt that I was judged not only on my academic and career performance and achievements, but also my ethics and professionalism’.

Finally, we asked Winsy to tell us about the benefits he gets from his status as a Chartered Engineer and the advantages to his employer. ‘CEng registration has enabled my employer to undertake larger, complex and more financially rewarding projects with the assurance that I can be given such responsibilities. Our clients are reassured that their solutions are provisioned by some of the best industry professionals.

I find that in addition to the immediate career advancements, it also enables a better relationship with clients as they are often more inclined to communicate with academically and professionally registered professionals. This enables me to provision more comprehensive solutions in shorter lead times and get better customer satisfaction for my company as a result’.