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IMechE wants your views about working in engineering

20 August 2014

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Towers Watson are asking those working in engineering to provide their opinions about the industry.

The Mechanical Engineering Workforce Study examines what motivates people to work in engineering, illustrates what they like about their work and identifies what improvements they feel could be made. The short questionnaire will aim to capture members’ views about what it is like to work in engineering today.

Members of the Institution across the world are encouraged to participate in the study, to help build a picture of what it is like to work in the sector today. The Institution and its partner in this research, Towers Watson, will use the feedback to identify changes that could be made by employers, and other stakeholders, to enhance the experience of engineers around the world. Ultimately, the aim is to identify a path towards a vision of a highly regarded profession, able to attract and retain the very best talent.

Towers Watson is a leading global professional services company with extensive experience in analysing employee benefits, rewards and talent management. It has collected information from various business sectors across the globe including financial services, healthcare and IT. With this survey, the Institution and Towers Watson want to promote a better understanding of what it is like to work in engineering; what engages and inspires individual members.

The study will look at how opinions vary in different parts of the world and in different industry sectors. 

Members are asked to provide personal views on their immediate work environment and perspective on the wider professional landscape. All responses will be treated confidentially. Respondents are not asked to provide their name or to identify their employer.

Becoming part of the new research into the Mechanical Engineering Workforce Study will only take about 10 minutes. As a ‘thank you’ for completing the survey, respondents will be eligible to enter a prize draw for a set of Bowers & Wilkins P7 headphones, worth over £300.

The questionnaire, available here, must be completed by 5 September 2014.

Get them when they're very young
In another move, the IMechE has given its support to a new initiative developed by Primary Engineer to launch of the Institution of Primary Engineers (IPrimEng) and the Institution of Secondary Engineers (ISecEng).

Children from three schools in Bolton travelled to the House of Lords in London to take part in the launch, hosted by Baroness Wall of New Barnet and the IMechE. The launch was also attended by teachers, company directors, chief executives and engineers from top UK and multinational companies, keen to support a programme that establishes engineering – and engineers – in the fabric of schools’ and young people’s experiences.

The initiative’s founding funders are Primary Engineer, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Weir Group PLC and the University of Strathclyde Faculty of Engineering.

Mark Hunt, who is the youngest ever IMechE President, spoke at the event of the importance of catching the imaginations of children as early as possible. 

“Engineering is essentially what all human beings do when solving problems," he said. "Nowhere is this more evident than when watching children’s inventiveness and creativity as they find out about the world around them. The Institution is therefore delighted to support this inspiring initiative, and is confident that these new Institutions will set many on the path to a fulfilling career in engineering.”

The three Bolton primary schools are piloting the IPrimEng, enabling pupils to become members of the new Institution by engaging with engineering as part of the curriculum, interviewing, and working with engineers. The nine children who attended the launch have gained the post-nominal abbreviation M.IPrimEng. Over the next years in primary school, they and their classmates will collect evidence of further engagement with engineering in their progression towards Chartership. 

The Institution of Primary Engineers and The Institution of Secondary Engineers (the website for which will be launched soon) are new programmes, with an emphasis on developing children’s curiosity. The theme for 2014-2015 is Aeronautical Engineering, supported by Spirit AeroSystems.

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