1Mathew Thomas, C.Eng., FIMechE, FIEAust., CPEng. Chairman, “The Way Forward to Chartered Engineer Status through IMechE Membership”Mathew Thomas, C.Eng., FIMechE, FIEAust., CPEng.Chairman,IMechE Cawangan Malaysia
2The IMechE Who we are Classes of membership Benefits of membership How to become RegisteredQuestions and AnswersLiteratureExplain the structure of the evening and the information that I will be coveringAsk for questions at the end but if any points are not clear then please feel free to ask for clarification as I go alongThere is a great deal of literature available so make sure you pick up the relevant information before you go.
3A reminder of who we are What is the IMechE? IMechE is:A chartered professional engineering bodyRegistered with the Engineering CouncilThe mission statement is to:‘…create the natural professional home for all involved in Mechanical Engineering’
4Profile of the Institution IMProfile of the Institutionfounded in 1847 by George Stephensonover 80,000 members in 120 countriesinternational organisation based in the UKWe are a charity. A non-profit making body, so any money we get in membership fees or entry to events and talks all goes back into providing improved member facilities.Established in the middle of the 19th century when mechanical engineering was a new and emerging technology. No common standards existed so the Institution was set up provide them.A safeguard of standard for future years.a learned societya guardian of standardsa voice for the profession
5Profile of a Chartered Engineer Exercises independent technical judgement and decision makingIs dedicated to creativity, innovation and continuous improvementAccepts complexity and minimises ambiguityHas professional and personal integrityExplain what we mean by a description of a Chartered Engineer.Amplify bullet points.By professional integrity, we mean that the person will abide by the code of conduct of the Institution. Quote example of IEE members who tried to electrocute his wife but failed. The membership committee considered if trying to kill his wife was a breach of the code, but decided, however distasteful, it was not. However, as a professional Electrical Engineer who had tried to electrocute her and failed…..
6Profile of a Chartered Engineer Can adapt to rapid changeMay have direct responsibility for professional & technical staffPlays a key role in wealth creationTakes an active part in the training and development of young engineers
7Profile of an Incorporated Engineer Part of the mainstream of professional engineering and a practitioner of today’s technologyPerforms complex technical duties of an established or novel nature in a wide variety of contextsHas a substantial degree of personal responsibility or authority
8Profile of an Incorporated Engineer Combines a practical approach with detailed understanding of a particular technologyMaintains and manages existing technology efficientlyIs aware of the relationship between technical responsibility in business and the external professional environment.
9Professional 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 influenceRegular feedback shows a need for a more integrated IMechE membership
10Your Road to Professional Registration Review the IMechE's requirementsObtain the necessary Academic qualificationsAchieve the required period of Responsible ExperienceDemonstrate competence as a Professional Engineer at the Professional Review InterviewThere are a number of very clear steps that you need to go through to become a corporate memberExplain about the four stages which we see as being central (including interview as the final stage)
11Routes to Professional Registration FellowC Eng / I Eng FIMechEMemberC Eng / I Eng MIMechEAssociateAMIMechEExplain the various stages involved in getting to CEng.If relevant, refer to people going on to become fellowREMEMBER:IMechE is there to helpYOU at every stage of your careerAffiliate
12Develop commercial awareness Build A CareerDevelop commercial awarenessStrategicManagerialTechnical
13Membership 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 & facilitiesEvents, publications, information & library servicesLinks to external databases, libraries & servicesA medium for lifelong Continuing Professional Development (CPD)A network of technical & social contactsRefer to relevance of being a professional in a business environment when you might be on the board with a solicitor or Chartered AccountantReference to people not wanting to become chartered because they have 20 years experience. But is that 1 years experience 20 years ago which has been repeated over and over. CPD ensures engineers keep up to date.
14Membership provides Involvement in development of the profession Enhanced employment opportunities"Professional Engineering" magazinemailed out every 2 weeksOther specialist publicationsAvailable through...The IMechE website:Your fast link to all that IMechE offers
15Membership providesThe 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.
16Membership providesEnhanced 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).
17Why employ Professional Engineers? Increased credibility with customers and suppliersA culture of creativity, innovation and continuous improvement leading to…Enhanced business opportunities, increased competitiveness and a network of technical and social contactsRefer to Cooper Camerons experience - now part of their way of working that an “engineer” has to be a graduate and moving towards being part of professional institution.Ford and Rolls Royce insist on Chartered Status to achieve a certain level of seniority as an engineerRefer to clients demanding that as part of contract negotiation the managing person on a project be chartered..
19Demonstration of competence, knowledge and understanding. UK-SPECEducationHNC/HND/FD plus further learningBachelors degreeProfessional DevelopmentIENGDemonstration of competence, knowledge and understanding.If you do not have exempting qualifications, you may be required to submit a technical reportMEngB(Hons) degree plus MastersB(Hons) degree plus further learningCENGProfessional ReviewFormationRegistration
20Routes to Membership Standard applications Individual Case Procedure Senior Route to RegistrationTechnical Report RouteExisting CEng/IEngMember to FellowAll routes apply to CEng and IEng
22Initial Professional Development A good grounding in basic engineering principlesAchieved a position of professional responsibilityCapable of demonstrating competence as an engineer
23IPD for CEng and IEngA 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.
24IPD 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 skillsPersonal 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.
25IPD 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 leadershipEffective interpersonal skillsPersonal 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
27IMechE’s CPD PolicyMembers and Fellows who wish to practise as professional engineers must keep themselves up to date in the engineering professionApplicants for the class of Member must be able to demonstrate by means of a Personal Development Plan how they propose to do this
28CPD may include... Formal and Informal Learning Work-based learning, Distance learningIn-house courses, Work secondmentsPrivate study, Special work projectsWriting technical papersIn-house or for general publicationContributions to EngineeringMentoring, voluntary work, school governorIMechE Regions/BranchesYM and Committee work
29Competence and Commitment The Professional Engineer must be able to:Use knowledgeApply theory and practiceProvide leadershipCommunicate effectivelyCommit to the Profession
30Professional Registration Experience RequirementsProfessional responsibilityKnowledge and understandingPutting the theory into practice
31IMechE 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
32How Do I Measure Up? The IMechE website provides: Competence ProfilesReal 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.
33Professional Registration Application requirements for membershipCompleted application formSponsorship of two Professional EngineersProof of academic qualificationsEvidence of training and/or experienceProfessional Review ReportPersonal Development PlanAttendance at interview
34Professional Review Report Personal Development Plan Mandatory InterviewBased on:Application formProfessional Review ReportPersonal Development PlanDemonstration of competence
35Interview Panel will assess: Level of responsibility & professional judgementLength of time as a professional engineerApproach to problem solvingAwareness of the engineer's role in societyPresentation skillsCommitment to CPD
36IMechE 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 engineersTalk to us...
38Professional Registration Literature available in hard copy and from the IMechE website atAny questions
39Mathew Thomas, C.Eng., FIMechE IMechE Cawangan Malaysia Thank YouMathew Thomas, C.Eng., FIMechEChairmanIMechE Cawangan Malaysia
40Professional Registration with the IMechE Mathew Thomas, C.Eng., FIMechE. FIEAust, CPEng.ChairmanIMechE Cawangan Malaysia
41Professional Registration Structure of Professional Review ReportIntroductiona brief summary of your careerMain texta critique of your experienceselect projects which demonstrate the range and depth of your responsibilitiesTalk in the first person. Stress the role you have played.
42Interview Format With an interview panel Interviewers abroad may not all be from IMechEMember of IMechE staff presentUK and some overseas locations onlyDiscussion based on Professional Review reportsWill be assessed against competence statementsInterviews can take place in company
43Professional Review Report Content Types and sizes (£) of projectsHow problems were identified & resolvedTechnical content: depth, breadth and use of new & emerging technologiesSafety, quality & environmental issuesYour level of responsibility & autonomyWhere and how your role fitted inLeadership skills - direct or indirectAny budgetary and/or planning controlTechnical and commercial restraintsEvidence of verbal & written communications skillsLearning points
44Interview outcomeInterview panel recommendation submitted to Professional Review CommitteeCommittee Secretary advises outcome:Election to MIMechE, orIf the interview is not successful, re-apply in one or two yearsTwo main reasons why people don’t get through interview:Job has changed and they are doing a more managerial role than a technical roleSome people don’t interview well - if you get the chance of a mock interview at your company take it
45IMechE 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.
46Assessment of Competence Marked against competence statements.Candidates are scored 1 - 4As a minimum a candidate must score3 in three areas, and2 in two areas