Originally posted by: thewaverider
When you have a career that has spanned over a broad base of engineering skills it is dispointing to be hemmed into one distinct area for the interview.
The method(s) of assessment used for registration are similar to those being used by companies recruiting staff. They determine from the detailed job description (either written by you or supplied by the company as part of the job offer), as well as undertaking a test or presentation during your interview, your competency to do the job at the required level and pay award.
In effect achieving the CEng award is like being appointed the head of a division, group or team. In that sense the panel is only interested in what you have done recently that's relevant to the post. They are not interested in your past achievements especially if it doesn't have direct relevance. For example, you may have been a rocket scientist for NASA 10 years ago, and now you're designing websites.
With a job position, you have to keep up with advancement in your field to maintain your status, otherwise you cannot carry on holding that job. Unfortunately with CEng, once you get it, you can immediately leave the profession and do something completely different and still maintain you CEng status. In that sense CEng becomes only relevant to the person having it, but not much useful for others looking to employ you.
Good luck in your application. If you're not successful, you can at least take comfort in the knowledge the panel are made of CEngs (or IEngs) who are probably well past their best doing completely different jobs (or retired) to what they used to do.