|Name: Bhijan Rai
Unit: DEMS Trg Regt
|What is your current role?||My current role is as an Advanced Search Instructor at DEMS Training Regiment, further to this I am the lead Corporal Instructor for the Hazardous Environment Search aspect of the course. This involves being the main assessor and first aid instructor for this part of the course, where I then issue a City and Guilds qualification to students under the current regulations.|
|Why did you apply to gain professional registration as an EngTech?||I applied for registration as an EngTech in order to gain civilian recognition for and qualifications in line with the courses and work I have previously, and currently, do within the Corps of Royal Engineers. This will also further my personal and professional development making me more employable within the military and in the civilian world when I leave the armed forces.|
|Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?||I see myself as a SNCO either within a training environment or a Regular Field Unit having completed a degree in Engineering for the Open University.
|What advice would you give someone considering professional registration as an EngTech?||I would strongly encourage people to register due to the benefits, recognition and qualifications that can be obtained.
|How has the Corps or your Unit benefited from you being professionally registered as an EngTech?||Being or having professionally registered as an EngTech means more qualified and capable soldiers in the RE Corps which means I, as an EngTech can encourage other Instructors and students in my Unit to become a qualified EngTech which will help the soldiers in the Unit to gain their professional qualifications, and to develop further.
|Has gaining EngTech helped you in your job?||Yes of course, having been selected to be an EngTech it has demonstrated to my Chain of Command that I am above the quality of those not selected and as such enhancing my profile within the Regiment.|
Unit: ATC Pirbright
|What is your current role?||MT JNCO at ATC Pirbright.|
|Why did you apply to gain professional registration as an EngTech?||On recommendation from a friend, I wanted to be part of a highly recognized professional organization.
And to hopefully help me in the long run.
|Has gaining EngTech helped you in your job?||Not at the moment, however I should imagine it would come in to its own later in my career/life.
And to hopefully help me in the long run.
|What advice would you give someone considering professional registration as an EngTech?||Do it! It’s brilliant to be part of a professionally recognized Engineering Institution. It also gives you recognition and an awesome networking opportunity within the Engineering sector. And once you decide to leave the Army (it will happen one day) it will set you up for the rest of your working life.
|Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?||Pushing for SSgt, more than likely based at Tidworth and back in the Armoured fold.
|Name: Rob Porter
|What is your current role?||
I am a Requirements Manager for at Abbey Wood. I am responsible for taking the users requirements and converting them into measurable technical requirements, which can be contracted against.
|Why did you apply to gain professional registration as an IEng?||To get recognition for the engineering skills and experience that I have gained during my service, despite not being a PQE and to improve my CV.
|Has gaining IEng helped you in your job?||I think it’s too early to tell; I have only just been awarded the status. I am certain it will help in later life, particularly in job interviews. It has made me take my CPD more seriously, as I now look towards broadening my experiences to work towards Chartered status.|
|What advice would you give someone considering professional registration as an IEng?||Do it! Why would you not do it! It costs very little compared to membership of any other professional institution and it is recognition of skills that you already have. There are no downsides and it not a huge amount of work.|
|How has the Corps or your Unit benefited from you being professionally registered as an IEng?||The Corps has gained an officer with better understanding of civilian engineering practices and DE&S has gained another professionally qualified engineer, ideal for a requirements manager's job.
|Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?||Hopefully deployed in a hot country, defending the nation and using my professional engineering skills. Oh hopefully as a Chartered engineer.|
|Name: Mark Hood
Unit: 1 RSME Regt
|What is your current role?||Mil Boat Instructor.|
|Why did you apply to gain professional registration as an EngTech?||I am coming close to the completion of my service in the military and hope that becoming a member of a recognized engineering institution will help me gain future employment.|
|Has gaining EngTech helped you in your job?||Hopefully once I start to apply for jobs it will.
|What advice would you give someone considering professional registration as an EngTech?||Why would you put all the hard work into engineering courses and gaining qualifications and then not try and gain something that is not expensive and could be useful in the future.|
|Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?||Civilian|
|Name: Josh Steer Wardman
Unit: 527 STRE, 64 Wks Gp
Trade: was a Svy Cl 1 then Clk of Wks (C) now GE(C)
|What is your current role?||GE(U) with 527 STRE, where I have just returned from Herrick 20 where I was the FM (Ops) closing Bastion.|
|Why did you apply to gain professional registration as an IEng?||To gain professional recognition, to enhance my career prospects both within and at some point outside of the Corps. Then finally to continue my CPD in the engineering world, as I believe registration is key to being a capable engineer.|
|Has gaining IEng helped you in your job?||Yes, it gave me more confidence in my ability, in that the Eng Council UK says I have the relevant capabilities and proficiencies. I have also gained more respect from others, as soon as I mention IEng in engineering discussions I am listened to a lot more.
- In my career I believe it aided my application for a commission at the quickening, as the board had in front of them a UK Engineering Council approved applicant.
|What advice would you give someone considering professional registration as an IEng?
||Discuss your application with someone who has been through the process as this will save nugatory effort, start collating evidence and contact those who would be suitable referees, in short start the process ASAP as there are no down sides to registration.
- Once you start the process you quickly realize that most RE personnel have a lot of varied but relevant experiences to draw upon and proving competence is quite easy.
|How has the Corps or your Unit benefited from you being professionally registered as an IEng?||The Corps and unit have gained a more confident individual, I am more willing to stand up and be vocal on a subject as a recognized professional engineer. I am also more willing to openly question why methods / practices have been used by others (Subject to CoC constraints etc). This has allowed me to change situations and deliver more efficiently.
- I am more content in the Corps as I know that I am employable outside the Corps. Thus I am more committed to my job and Corps as I do not need to be concerned about future “what ifs” away from life in green.
|Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?||Hopefully having finished an MSc and going through the application process or being a CEng, deployed to one of the Corp’s out station and delivering infrastructure effect on the ground.|