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 08 December 2012 09:38 PM
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As IET is a multi-discipline engineering institution, does anyone know what would be the approx. percentage of charted engineers registered with IET who are from mechanical engineering background as compared to the total numbers from all disciplines?


Hrushikesh Padhi BEng MIET
 10 December 2012 03:08 PM
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An interesting question which can't be easily answered. The IET would probably have data on the numbers of members who express an interest in "Mechanical Engineering" as part of their registration application. But IEng & Eng Tech professional registrants would have to be excluded, if it is CEng only that you are interested in.

However there is no narrow definition of Mechanical Engineering, although some members may call themselves "Mechanical" this embraces a very wide range of different practice in many different industry sectors. Anecdotally, I would crudely estimate that circa 20% of recently registered IET Engineers & Technicians would see themselves as "having a mechanical background". Many longer-standing members of the IET would consider themselves nominally "Electrical" and be proud of the IETs oustanding heritage as The Institution of Electrical Engineers. However the IEE was also very wide ranging, including the former Institution of Manufacturing/Production Engineers.

In 2006 the creation of the IET brought a large number professionally registered members from the IIE, which itself included the former Institutions of Mechanical Incorporated Engineers and Electrical & Electronic Incorporated Engineers. My own training (CEGB Electrical) wasn't untypical of many including; mechanical workshop practice, welding and fabrication, electrical installations, rotating machines, instrumentation and controls etc. Practice ranged from electronic components through to cables, motors, generators and grid voltage switchgear (often giant oil tanks or compressed air engines) A later career move brought in at least some level of mechanical building services and general construction know how.

I accept that many Engineers are much more deeply specialised within a narrower range, but this could result in a plethora of "niche" professional institutions, each with overlapping remits and limited capability. Therefore by the early years of the 21st century a view developed, that a single institution could effectively represent the huge variety of engineering practice embracing computing, electronic, electrical and mechanical technologies. A majority of IET members voted in 2006 to merge the Institution of Mechanical Engineers into the IET, but acceptance wasn't gained within the IMechE membership. Many members of both institutions consider this to have been a missed opportunity. Clearly The IMechE presents an attractive proposition for mechanical engineers and quite properly seeks to attract those who it feels are appropriate to its aims. There are many collaborative efforts between the two institutions and a significant number of people who are members of both.

Roy Bowdler IEng FIET FCIPD
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 10 December 2012 05:59 PM
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Thanks Roy for such a descriptive reply.

I am a mechanical engineer, but didn't register myself for so long (17 years after graduation). As I aspire to be a multi-discipline engineering manager, I have applied for CEng registration through IET. May be worth to be considered for dual registration (IET + IMechE) once I achieve CEng status!

Anyway, thanks for the reply.


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 08 October 2013 08:35 AM
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For an example of how the IET serves engineers of several disciplines effectively, have a look at the Tribology Network. Over 500 members are signed up, and a recent survey has shown they are working in areas including:
- semiconductor manufacturing
- design of rotating machines
- condition monitoring
- nanotechnology
- maintenance
- nuclear engineering
- biomechanics
- low-friction bearings
- mechanical power transmission

Furthermore, the survey shows that our network membership is fairly evenly distributed between industry and academia.

The IET Tribology Network is therefore a classic example of how the IET brings engineers and researchers together to share knowledge and ideas across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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Geoff Kermode

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