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Engineers change the world.

They make discoveries, create and develop technologies, design, maintain, repair and operate everything that makes our modern way of life possible and sustainable. Mechanical engineers use their expertise to ensure that the things we use and the processes that create them are innovative, user friendly and the best that they can be. They see the fruits of their labour in the real world, so the satisfaction that comes from an engineering career is undoubted.

For those with the professional qualifications that lead to registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng), there are significant financial benefits too. The average annual salary of a Chartered Engineer is £35,273 and unemployment is among the lowest of any sector in the country.

Professional registration enables engineers to gain the widely recognised status of having world class engineering competency. The title of Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician immediately demonstrates commitment to professional excellence, best practice and the competencies that employer’s value.

A 1997 study of professionally registered engineers in the UK (conducted by the ETB), found that 21% of engineers were working in Manufacturing, 11% in Utilities, 20% in Construction, 14% in Transport and Communications, 3% in Finance and Business and 30% in Other industries. This demonstrates just how far reaching the influence of professional engineers is, and how important engineers are to every aspect of today’s world.

In the coming years, there is no doubt about the scale and complexity of the challenges that will face us. Climate change, mass immigration, booming demand for transport and the depletion of natural resources all create problems that won’t be easy to solve. Luckily, there is a group of people with the imagination and scientific insight to find solutions. They are mechanical engineers and one of the planet’s most valuable resources.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK. Our 80,000 members work at the heart of the country’s most important and dynamic industries and are committed to improving the world through engineering. IMechE members can achieve professional status through the Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MAPD) which assists them in developing the knowledge, understanding and competencies needed to get registered.

Every year we give educational scholarships and awards in excess of £400,000 to help nurture the UK’s engineering talent, offering amounts from £250 to £18,000. These are celebrated annually through the Vision Awards which identifies three exceptional engineers who are bringing the IMechE vision of ‘improving the world through engineering’ to life. These visionaries possess talent, leadership skills, motivation and a desire to educate the next generation.

One of the biggest challenges to engineering is society’s mindset of what engineering is, as engineering is somewhat of a hidden success story in the UK. IMechE is looking to grow awareness of the sector, taking a positive, inspiring message into schools and out in the media. IMechE works with leading companies, universities and think tanks to create and share knowledge that provides government, business and the public with authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering. Wherever there is an engineering challenge, you’ll find the IMechE and its members responding to it.

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