Joining a professional institution is recommended for anyone wishing to start their career or progress it. They can provide access to resources within your field (databases, events, courses, news bulletins etc.) and offer qualifications such as chartered engineer or incorporated engineer which is a recognition of professional competence. They are worth taking advantage of especially as a student since Affiliate memberships are often free or of very low cost! In many countries, to be classed as an official engineer, you must be affiliated with a professional institution following completion of an engineering undergraduate degree from university. However, in the UK, this is not the case and although there are many professional engineering institutions covering many different engineering fields, many engineers chose not to affiliate themselves with a professional engineering institute.
Here are 5 Reasons to Join a Professional Engineering Institute:
1. Access to resources
Members gain access to online resources and databases as well as entry to exclusive events such as training courses, conferences and lectures. These can be beneficial in learning news skills or furthering your knowledge about specific subjects.
2. Extending your network
Attending events promoted by professional institutions offers opportunities to network with others in your field and make contacts for the future. Events are typically about the project launches and future technology and are attended by leading experts worth rubbing shoulders with!
3. News and job listings within your industry
Many institutions have bulletins and magazines to keep you up to date with news within our industry along with job advertisements. Companies are able to filter their job applicants to to top candidates within professional bodies.
4. Begin the journey to Chartership / Professional Engineering Accreditation
Those seeking to achieve Chartered status must first become members of the relevant professional bodies in their field. Attending events is one way of demonstrating you are promoting the engineering discipline outside of work, a requirement to become Chartered. In Engineering, an Incorporated Engineer gains the title IEng and a Chartered Engineer gains the title CEng and is registered with the Engineering Council. They become recognised internationally as a competent professional and the qualification increases earning potential and career opportunities.
5. Giving back
Many professional organisations have mentor schemes enabling you to both gain from someone with more experience than you and also pass on advice to those with less. Mentor schemes offer valuable peer-to-peer advice from an experienced engineers in a range of disciplines.This can be on the job or long term career advice.
The number of professional bodies is extensive in engineering, often with more than one in a particular field. Mechanical Engineers for example can register with the IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers) and IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology). Here’s a full list of professional engineering institutions:
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