The Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)

Guidance Notes
Engineering Technician (EngTech)

EngTech Application and Guidance (Regular, Reserve and Non Serving).doc 
(We are hoping to make an editable pdf version of the form available shortly for those who do not have access to MS Word software)

What is an Engineering Technician?‚Äč

An Engineering Technician is an Officer, Warrant Officer or NCO (or exceptional Sapper) employed in applying proven
techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems.  They carry supervisory or technical
responsibility, often a combination of both, and are competent to propose and execute innovative solutions to challenges
as they occur.

EngTech is a valuable, portable recognized award that can be carried throughout your career both whilst serving and
retired and one which can be built upon further development.  This award demonstrates your competence and your
commitment to a continuing professional career.


Why should I register?

Registration has many benefits for employers, technicians and the UK economy.  Registration sets a professional
Engineering Technician apart from technicians who are unregistered.  It establishes their proven knowledge, understanding
and competence.  In particular, registration demonstrates a commitment to professional standards, and to development
and enhancement of competence.  Hence, whether specified in job advertisements or not, registration as a professional
Engineering Technician gives an edge to candidates who have achieved this.


Am I Qualified and able to Register?

First and foremost you need to be a member of the Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)  All Regular Officers
and NCOs are automatically members as they make a contribution to Sapper Welfare and Charities (including InstRE)
under the Day's Pay Scheme.

Officers must have completed the RE Troop Commanders Course and 6 to 12 months at Regimental Duty.  
NCOs must have completed the PNCO Cadre and have qualified at Class 1 in any of the Corps trades.  NCOs and exceptional Sappers who have not attended the Junior Commanders Course also need to be sponsored by their OC.

The EngTech Selection Board consists of Registered Engineers at either EngTech, IEng or CEng level (serving and retired Royal Engineers as well as representatives from industry).  They review all applications for EngTech status and make recommendations for the inclusion of the applicant on the UK's Register of Professional Engineers and Technicians.


What does it cost?

InstRE charges no initial administration fee for the registration process at the EngTech level.  Annual registration fees for EngTech for 2018 are £19.00 for Serving Regular Officers and £37.00 for all others.  The reason for the difference is that Serving Regular Officers pay a much greater proportion of a day's pay for membership than all other members.  Click here for more information regarding the fee structure.  Members on the regular full time trained strength and who have not submitted notice to leave the Armed Forces are usually eligible to claim back in full their annual registration fees.  Details on eligibility and how to claim through JPA are contained within 2016DIN07-061.


Application and Institution Membership

Membership:  All serving, regular Royal Engineers who contribute to the RE Day's Pay Scheme (the overwhelming majority - but not QGE who contribute to Gurkha Welfare Scheme instead) are already InstRE members. However, the information we hold on you is strictly limited and as part of your application for EngTech we would be grateful if you also complete the InstRE membership form.


Please send all paperwork to:
Institution of Royal Engineers
Ravelin Building
Brompton Barracks

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us 01634 822371 or