The following items are feedback which has been received by the Institution from Members who have registered as EngTech.
Mike Silvester FCInstCES, EngTech MInstRE
Mike Silvester joined the Corps of Royal Engineers in 1986 and served for 14 years before moving on to start a new career in 2000.
Mike now lives in the United Arab Emirates. He is very positive about climbing the ladder of Professional Registration:
"The EngTech award has opened up new avenues for me. Out here we have a group called the PCE-UAE www.pceuae.com and I have attended this a few times under the guise of being a member of InstRE and also being of the EngTech Grade. It has put me one step ahead of my counterparts who all seem to want to go directly for CEng."
Mike has also experienced interest in his post nominal letters:
"The aim of the PCE-UAE is to groom candidates to become Chartered Engineers and I have got a lot out of their meetings and have made a lot of good contacts for the new Middle East Division of Warner Land Surveys Ltd which I am setting up at the moment.
I also get a lot of interest when people see my post nominal’s on my business card (especially from Prospective Clients), they realise that I have both a Professional Engineering and Surveying qualification and the confidence that our business will provide a professional service is instantly achieved.
I am intending to apply to InstRE to see if I am eligible for IEng or CEng with my existing qualifications, however all my time is taken up with setting up the new business at the moment."
"So from being a Military A1 / B1 Corporal with no recognised civilian qualifications, both the InstRE and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (the RSME Survey Engineering 2-1 Course was accepted as an approved Surveying Course for Membership in the 1990’s and I joined as a result of my A1 Qualification along with the stringent membership requirements of the ICES) have stood me in good stead for my Civilian Career."
Darren Waller EngTech MInstRE
Darren Waller served for 15 years in the Corps of Royal Engineers before leaving in Jan 2006.
He joined the Institution of Royal Engineers in September 2010 and gained his EngTech later that month.
"I currently work for Amey Consulting who have the Structural Examination contract from Network Rail to examine, inspect all the rail infrastructure, its bridges and viaducts etc through the whole of the UK.
Amey put me through all the relevant qualifications required by Network Rail, but it wasn't until I registered with the InstRE that my position changed at work. I now work as one of the senior structural technicians. "
Darren is keen to push on and gain further registration. He continues:
Now, with the help of my employer and the InstRE Route Advisory Panel, I soon hope to be working towards my Incorporated Engineer. (Fingers crossed).
I am in no doubt the fact that I was able to use my EngTech status has helped in proving my worth at work and amongst my peers. EngTech is a big plus."
David Leer CMIOSH, MIIRSM, RMaPS, EngTech, MInstRE
David left the Corps of Royal Engineers in 2002 after serving for 22 years and began a career in the construction industry as a health and safety manager. He has now progressed to the post of Executive Consultant with an international construction consultancy in London.
“This work allows me to have a multi-disciplined approach to Client Health and Safety advice, design assumptions for buildability, advice on Access requirements for Cleaning and Maintenance at the very early RIBA (Royal Institute of Building Architects) stages of design by working closely with Designers.
I contribute my successful second and even my third career to the transferable skills that were gained from my Military Service. Like many of my serving colleagues I did keep the certificates and training records and qualifications that have to this day been a useful tool for successfully gaining employment in public and private sectors.
Being a Member of the Institution is not about resettlement, but more to do with recording accumulated skills through the Continuous Personal Development (CPD) Programme, which allows individuals to maintain records of training and will enable potential employers to see that you have the willing ,the focus and the desire to learn new skills that would be beneficial to the company. Notwithstanding this, it is only the beginning of CPD.”
David joined the Institution of Royal Engineers in the early part of 2010 and gained the Engineering Technician (EngTech) award in June 2010. With regards to institution membership and professional registration David continues:
“Though I have other post nominal letters from other Chartered Institutes after my name, most interest and conversation is sparked by “EngTech MInstRE” by Potential Employers, Clients, Design Teams and even professional colleagues.
Having the post nominal letters EngTech MInstRE on your CV can get you through the door to potential employers and open the flood gates in general conversation or at interviews to explaining the skills and experiences gained over your career in the Armed Forces and helps educate people with very little knowledge (or misconceptions) of us to understand what we are about. On most occasions they are totally shocked in what the work entails within the Royal Engineers.
Potential employers are not just looking for the training undertaken. They are also looking at other attributes or that little bit extra, such as; leadership, ability to communicate with others, reliability, time keeping, accounting, organising, writing skills; to name but a few. These skills we all have and can be introduced into the open conversation and be proven by records.”