The Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE)

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 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."

Mike continues:

"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.

Darren says:

"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.


David says:

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.”



Anthony Cowburn EngTech MInstRE
Anthony joined the Institution of Royal Engineers in October 2009. He has served in the Corps of Royal Engineers for the last 23 years.
Anthony gained his EngTech award in December 2009.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity that’s free and allows us, as Royal Engineers to show our qualifications as combat Engineers / Artisan Tradesmen that are mapped across to Civilian recognised awards".
Anthony is keen to press on with his personal development:

"I am very keen to progress and am looking very much at the next stage of my development in regarding my existing qualifications and how I can look to gain more.”

Darren Jackson LCGI EngTech MInstRE
Darren has served in the Corps of Royal Engineers for the last 15 years and joined the Institution of Royal Engineers in February 2009. He successfully applied for EngTech in March of 2009.
“I think that this qualification when transitioning from military to civilian life lets the employer know exactly what this professional Engineer status stands for”
Darren is also keen to help others in their application for Professional Registration.
“Since completing my own application, I have on numerous occasions sat down with other soldiers, some junior but mostly senior to me, and carried them through exactly what to do with each form. I gain great satisfaction to see someone else achieve a worthwhile qualification for a few moments hard work”



Jason Smith GCGI EngTech MInstRE
Jason joined the Institution of Royal Engineers in January 2007. He has served in the Corps of Royal Engineers for the last 24 years.

“I first became aware of the Institution when I received a brief on my RE SNCO course but at the time didn't really pay that much interest to it as in those days it was still very much the preserve of the RE Officers.”



Jason was keen to gain EngTech early on in the scheme:

“When the Eng Tech award became available it seemed only natural to apply for that award to try and get as much recognition of my skills gained through service in the Corps”

He successfully applied for EngTech in November of 2007 and is keen to look forward to the future:
“I feel the work the Institution does is invaluable and would encourage every Sapper to try and gain as many qualifications as possible in preparation for their next career. I'm not sure yet what I'll do when I leave the Corps but intend to try and make myself as employable as possible which the Institution has helped with immensely by assisting me in achieving these awards.”