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The Way Forward to Chartered Engineer Status through IMechE Membership Mathew Thomas, C.Eng., FIMechE, FIEAust., CPEng. Chairman, IMechE Cawangan Malaysia.

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2 The Way Forward to Chartered Engineer Status through IMechE Membership Mathew Thomas, C.Eng., FIMechE, FIEAust., CPEng. Chairman, IMechE Cawangan Malaysia IMechE Cawangan Malaysia

3 The IMechE Who we are Classes of membership Benefits of membership How to become Registered Questions and Answers Literature

4 A reminder of who we are IMechE is: –A chartered professional engineering body –Registered with the Engineering Council The mission statement is to: –…create the natural professional home for all involved in Mechanical Engineering What is the IMechE?

5 IM founded in 1847 by George Stephenson over 80,000 members in 120 countries a voice for the profession international organisation based in the UK a learned society a guardian of standards Profile of the Institution

6 Profile of a Chartered Engineer Exercises independent technical judgement and decision making Is dedicated to creativity, innovation and continuous improvement Accepts complexity and minimises ambiguity Has professional and personal integrity

7 Profile of a Chartered Engineer Can adapt to rapid change May have direct responsibility for professional & technical staff Plays a key role in wealth creation Takes an active part in the training and development of young engineers

8 Profile of an Incorporated Engineer Part of the mainstream of professional engineering and a practitioner of todays technology Performs complex technical duties of an established or novel nature in a wide variety of contexts Has a substantial degree of personal responsibility or authority

9 Profile of an Incorporated Engineer Combines a practical approach with detailed understanding of a particular technology Maintains and manages existing technology efficiently Is aware of the relationship between technical responsibility in business and the external professional environment.

10 Professional Registration with the IMechE CEng and IEng are very different qualifications, but with equal importance to industry and the Institution. Inclusion of IEng broadens the IMechE membership base, raising its profile and expanding its influence Regular feedback shows a need for a more integrated IMechE membership

11 Your Road to Professional Registration Review the IMechE's requirements Obtain the necessary Academic qualifications Achieve the required period of Responsible Experience Demonstrate competence as a Professional Engineer at the Professional Review Interview

12 Affiliate Associate Member Fellow AMIMechE C Eng / I Eng MIMechE C Eng / I Eng FIMechE REMEMBER:IMechE is there to help YOU at every stage of your career REMEMBER:IMechE is there to help YOU at every stage of your career Routes to Professional Registration

13 Build A Career Strategic Managerial Technical Develop commercial awareness

14 Membership provides Recognition of professional competence –I know that I am professional. The letters after my name make sure that others know too. Access to IMechE services & facilities –Events, publications, information & library services –Links to external databases, libraries & services A medium for lifelong Continuing Professional Development (CPD) A network of technical & social contacts

15 Membership provides Involvement in development of the profession Enhanced employment opportunities "Professional Engineering" magazine –mailed out every 2 weeks Other specialist publications –Available through... The IMechE website: –Your fast link to all that IMechE offers

16 The accredited route to becoming a Chartered Engineer or an Incorporated Engineer and the use of the designation CEng or IEng. The recognised professional designation for Member (MIMechE), recognised through the world as the quality mark of mechanical engineering excellence. The chance to network with other professional mechanical engineers via a wide range of conferences, seminars, and regional activities. Membership provides

17 Enhanced professional opportunities for career advancement, through networking events and regular listings of advertised jobs in Professional Engineering magazine and the PE website. The opportunity to apply for the European designation Eur Ing (CEng only). Membership provides

18 Why employ Professional Engineers? Increased credibility with customers and suppliers A culture of creativity, innovation and continuous improvement leading to… Enhanced business opportunities, increased competitiveness and a network of technical and social contacts

19 Professional Registration Academic Requirements

20 UK-SPEC Education HNC/HND/FD plus further learning Bachelors degree Professional Development IENG Demonstration of competence, knowledge and understanding. If you do not have exempting qualifications, you may be required to submit a technical report Education MEng B(Hons) degree plus Masters B(Hons) degree plus further learning Professional Development CENG Professional Review FormationRegistration

21 Routes to Membership Standard applications Individual Case Procedure Senior Route to Registration Technical Report Route Existing CEng/IEng Member to Fellow All routes apply to CEng and IEng

22 Professional Registration Initial Professional Development (IPD)

23 Initial Professional Development A good grounding in basic engineering principles Achieved a position of professional responsibility Capable of demonstrating competence as an engineer

24 IPD for CEng and IEng A period of professional development for a Chartered Engineer or an Incorporated Engineer covers a broad range of engineering skills to prepare applicants to satisfy the five core competencies assessed at Corporate member level.

25 IPD for IEng Competence and Commitment A combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology. Appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct, commission, operate and maintain engineering products, processes, systems and services. Provide technical and commercial management. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills Personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment. It is unlikely that IPD will be completed in less than three years.

26 IPD for CEng Competence & Commitment A combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimise the application of existing and emerging technology. Appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis of engineering problems. Provide technical and commercial leadership Effective interpersonal skills Personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment. It is unlikely that IPD will be completed in less than four years

27 Professional Registration Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

28 IMechEs CPD Policy Members and Fellows who wish to practise as professional engineers must keep themselves up to date in the engineering profession Applicants for the class of Member must be able to demonstrate by means of a Personal Development Plan how they propose to do this

29 CPD may include... Formal and Informal Learning –Work-based learning, Distance learning –In-house courses, Work secondments –Private study, Special work projects Writing technical papers –In-house or for general publication Contributions to Engineering –Mentoring, voluntary work, school governor –IMechE Regions/Branches –YM and Committee work

30 Competence and Commitment The Professional Engineer must be able to: –Use knowledge –Apply theory and practice –Provide leadership –Communicate effectively –Commit to the Profession

31 Professional Registration Experience Requirements Professional responsibility Knowledge and understanding Putting the theory into practice

32 IMechE Top Tip! As soon as you possibly can, spend some time collecting and arranging every bit of evidence of professional development you can think of: –Certificates of attendance at courses; old appraisal notes; summaries of projects; and relevant papers,etc. Get them countersigned if you can

33 How Do I Measure Up? The IMechE website provides: –Competence Profiles –Real life case studies of Engineers from different sectors and their experiences with regard to becoming Registered. These can help you identify where you are now and what you need to do next.

34 Professional Registration Application requirements for membership Completed application form Sponsorship of two Professional Engineers Proof of academic qualifications Evidence of training and/or experience Professional Review Report Personal Development Plan Attendance at interview

35 Mandatory Interview Based on: –Application form –Professional Review Report –Personal Development Plan –Demonstration of competence

36 Interview Panel will assess: Level of responsibility & professional judgement Length of time as a professional engineer Approach to problem solving Awareness of the engineer's role in society Presentation skills Commitment to CPD

37 IMechE Top Tip! Look at the Guidance Notes which are contained in the Website/Membership Pack. Use competence profiles to benchmark your own application. Seek advice from other professional engineers Talk to us...

38 IMechE Near You

39 Literature available in hard copy and from the IMechE website at Any questions Professional Registration

40 Thank You Mathew Thomas, C.Eng., FIMechE Chairman IMechE Cawangan Malaysia IMechE Cawangan Malaysia

41 Professional Registration with the IMechE Mathew Thomas, C.Eng., FIMechE. FIEAust, CPEng. Chairman IMechE Cawangan Malaysia IMechE Cawangan Malaysia

42 Professional Registration Structure of Professional Review Report Introduction –a brief summary of your career Main text –a critique of your experience –select projects which demonstrate the range and depth of your responsibilities

43 Interview Format With an interview panel Interviewers abroad may not all be from IMechE Member of IMechE staff present UK and some overseas locations only Discussion based on Professional Review reports Will be assessed against competence statements Interviews can take place in company

44 Professional Review Report Content Types and sizes (£) of projects How problems were identified & resolved Technical content: depth, breadth and use of new & emerging technologies Safety, quality & environmental issues Your level of responsibility & autonomy Where and how your role fitted in Leadership skills - direct or indirect Any budgetary and/or planning control Technical and commercial restraints Evidence of verbal & written communications skills Learning points

45 Interview outcome Interview panel recommendation submitted to Professional Review Committee Committee Secretary advises outcome: –Election to MIMechE, or –If the interview is not successful, re-apply in one or two years

46 IMechE Top Tip! Involvement in local events or IMechE committees can be very useful. You can make a good range of contacts who may be able to assist with your application. Involvement demonstrates a commitment to the Institution and can be evidence of CPD.

47 Assessment of Competence Marked against competence statements. Candidates are scored As a minimum a candidate must score –3 in three areas, and –2 in two areas


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