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Topic Title: CEng or IEng what do I apply for?
Topic Summary: I have a OU BEng + experiance
Created On: 18 December 2013 03:16 PM
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 18 December 2013 03:16 PM
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markswinn

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Hi All,

I need some advice; I gained my BEng in Engineering (B24) in 2008 with the Open University.

I have recently changed Jobs and the company I work for are keen for me to gain professional recognition (And I realise it's about time I did as well).

I have started putting together my application and have used the UK spec to ensure I include all the correct experience in my career history.

One thing that has been very apparent is that I have a lot of experience at CEng level and think I could easily fulfil the requirements for CEng and could back this up with evidence .

However.. I am getting conflicting advice, my new boss who I have only worked with for 3 months has told me to go for IEng first (admittedly as a passing comment prior to me discussing my prior experience with him in detail).

And two other chartered Engineers (with the IET) that I worked with on a large scale projects over a two year period, have told me not to bother with IEng and go for CEng given the experience I have.

As a brief career history, I have managed, carried out design approval, commissioned and signed off a number of projects sizes from £15k to £25million

I was the only Instrument Engineer on site with no other support on a small chemical plant for a year and then was promoted to Senior I&E Engineer in overall charge of both the Instrument and Electrical sections.

Has anyone else been in a similar position?
 18 December 2013 03:27 PM
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DavidParr

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Originally posted by: markswinn
One thing that has been very apparent is that I have a lot of experience at CEng level and think I could easily fulfil the requirements for CEng and could back this up with evidence.


I suggest that, if this is your honest self-assessment, you have a go at filling in Section J of the application form, annotating each paragraph with the competence letters from UK-Spec. Going through this exercise will give you a good indication of whether you are ready to apply for CEng.

Then forward this draft application to a PRA.

Regards,

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David Parr BSc.CEng MIET
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 18 December 2013 03:40 PM
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markswinn

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Hi David,

Thanks for the reply, I have done exactly that (apart from the PRA part), and for most of the key jobs that I will be discussing, I have some evidence such as project work packs, presentations I have prepared and procedures I have written etc, but should I be concerned with the degree I have?

Mark
 18 December 2013 06:05 PM
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DavidParr

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Not having the exeplifying qualification for CEng means that you have more work to do to confirm that you are operating at a suitable level. I have successfully advised (for example) HND candidates to achieve CEng.

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David Parr BSc.CEng MIET
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 18 December 2013 07:45 PM
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roykstones

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Hi Mark.
I have recently been through the process and not having an exemplifying qualification myself I was successful because I was able to demonstrate my underpinning technical knowledge and matching competencies to the UK-SPEC throughout the varies stages of assessment.. The IET strongly advise applicants to obtain a PRA and this is something that I fully support and would encourage you to do. Mentoring is another help either through your company, if available, or the IET can help with this too. I felt that it was important to follow all the prescribed steps and take advice, which after all is freely available, to ensure that I gave myself the best possible chance. Re IEng or CEng, you will know once you have completed and checked your application and taken PRA advice which route to pursue. Good Luck with your application.
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Roy K Stones CEng MIET
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