Proposals to bring in a legally-backed title for engineers were approved by the Engineering Council’s elected Senate last week at a meeting at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, Middlesex.
The next move will be a prolonged period of consultation within the professional institutions. ‘It could be a three-month job,’ said chairman of the board for engineer’s regulation Robin Wilson.
In a written public statement the board said there were signs of ‘broad support from engineering institutions for the proposed measures’.
The title issue is part of a package of proposals currently being put to the institutions for evaluation. It links with plans to promote engineers through an advertising campaign, and to set up an extensive scheme for licensing qualified engineers.
This would operate on a voluntary basis, and provide details of engineers’ qualifications and a log of professional development.
It has taken 18 months to get the proposals this far, requiring painstaking negotiations with the 39 organisations within the Engineering Council.
The next stage will also involve talks with government and engineering employers.