Your route to incorporated engineer status
The incorporated engineer (IEng) qualification is an official mark of your competence and experience as an engineer. The routes to training are outlined by the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
Engineering Professional Status: Incorporated Engineer
As defined by the Engineering Council, 'Incorporated engineers (IEng) are characterised by their ability to act as exponents of today’s technology through creativity and innovation. They maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation. Incorporated engineers are variously engaged in technical and commercial management and possess effective interpersonal skills.'
The traditional route to becoming an incorporated engineer is from an accredited bachelors degree in engineering or technology but it's also possible to start with an HND, HNC or foundation degree and pursue further learning.
Following academic study, an engineer will undertake Initial Professional Development (ITP). Graduates would be well advised to look into how the training on engineering graduate schemes would assist them in future registration as an incorporated engineer. Many employers run schemes that are approved by set professional bodies with the aim of training candidates up to this level. The ITP normally takes around three to four years to complete, and achieving the level of competence required can be demonstrated in a number of ways according to the specific engineering discipline the candidate works in.
Assessment of your capabilities and knowledge as an engineer is conducted in the form of a professional review. This is two-fold: firstly, the candidate will be required to submit application forms and a portfolio of evidence displaying the training and knowledge they have gained. Secondly, an interview will be held, typically with two qualified members of the Professional Engineering Institute with which the graduate is hoping to register. The interview will normally last in the region of 75 minutes, and there will be a presentation aspect involved, as well as an in-depth discussion of the portfolio you have already submitted.
Incorporated engineer salaries
Once qualified, incorporated engineers can expect a salary of somewhere in the region of £45,000, depending on the organisation they work for.