Originally posted by: noumanabid
When you get your Bachelor Degree in Engineering or Technology then you have to apply at a professional Institution or Council for Graduate Membership or equivalent. It is your first step. Then that institution or council will guide or mentor you for your further professional career growth and you start your professional life at relevant market i.e. industry etc at a bachelor level position. After gaining at least 3 to 5 years Graduate Level experience, you may get the opportunity to apply for full membership or equivalent and get the professional titles after evaluation and essesment. That is the point where your grad. level is converted to the Engineer level actually.
True as far as Institute recognition is concerned, but within individual companies they can give you any job title they want whenever they want - there is no regulation of titles in engineering.
So, if your title is currently "graduate engineer" someone invented that title for a reason - maybe to pacify the finance director by showing the recruitment was cheap, maybe to pacify the HR director by showing that the company was commited to developing talent. What typically happens now is that you stay at that grade until there is a reason to change it. It may be that your company has a policy on a time period for this; but more commonly the change happens either because there is a reorganisation (so effectively you have a change of role), or they realise they have to give you more money or lose you.
Best thing to do is to ask your manager: asking what you need to do to progress shows commitment and is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. If your company has a performance management programme (e.g. annual appraisals) you should make sure that there is something recorded there about how you achieve Engineer title - again making it clear that this is to increase your value to the company, not "because I'm worth it"!
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
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