Key facts

The IET is working to engineer a better world. Our heritage dates back to 1871, and today our mission is to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.

Our structure

  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has over 168,000 members worldwide in 150 countries.
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (No. 211014) and Scotland (No. SC038698).
  • IET members operate almost 100 Local Networks as well as 22 Technical and Professional Networks.
  • The IET was formed in March 2006 by a merger of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE).

What we do 

Thought leadership

  • The IET provides expert advice to the UK’s Parliament, Government and other agencies. Each year it makes around 30 submissions to the UK Government and the EU on engineering related policy issues.
  • The IET produces fact files and briefings available to the public.
  • The IET is regularly in the mainstream and specialist media explaining the impacts of engineering and technology on society.

Safeguarding professional standards

Delivering world class knowledge products and services

  • The IET publishes more than 100 new titles every year; a rich mix of books, journals and magazines with a back catalogue of more than 500 publications.
  • 22 Technical and Professional Networks generate activities covering the full spectrum of reliable information, industry leading events and access to expertise across the IET’s engineering and technology areas.
  • IET Inspec is the leading English language bibliographic information service for scientific and technical literature. Published by the IET, and has over 15 million records.
  • The IET organises over 1,500 events annually, offering over 106,000 delegates the opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing.

Providing a professional home for life for engineers and technicians 

  • The IET offers professional designations of TMIET, MIET and FIET.
  • The IET delivers tailored membership packages to professional engineers and technicians, relevant to their career stage, with the IET Advantage programme for graduates and IET Signature programme for apprentices and technicians
  • IET Connect (formerly the IET’s Benevolent Fund) provides legal advice and financial assistance to IET members and their dependents. 


Recognising and promoting excellence

  • The IET awards £500,000 in prizes scholarships and medals each year, enabling engineering endeavour and rewarding achievement.  The most prestigious prize of these is the Faraday medal.

Inspiring the next generation

  • IET Faraday, an award-winning educational resource, reaches all schools in the UK with the aim of enthusing young people about science, technology and engineering. This year, 180 secondary schools will take part in the Faraday Engineering Challenge Days, competing for a £1,000 prize for their school to spend on teaching resources.
  • Over 1,300 undergraduate programmes in the UK are accredited by the IET.
  • The IET provides almost 700 mentors to challenge and motivate the next generation of engineers and technicians.
  • The IET raises funds through its Impact Engineering Campaign. Now in its third year, it has raised over £1million which enabled the IET to provide further scholarships, bursaries and educational activities nationally.