Engineers get vote on Eng

Engineers will be balloted later this month to gauge the level of backing for the use of an Engineer prefix title as support for the move looks set to become increasingly polarised. Ballot papers will be sent to 9,000 registered engineers within the next two weeks. They will be asked how they view proposals to […]

Engineers will be balloted later this month to gauge the level of backing for the use of an Engineer prefix title as support for the move looks set to become increasingly polarised.

Ballot papers will be sent to 9,000 registered engineers within the next two weeks. They will be asked how they view proposals to bring in the title Engineer, which could be used just as a physician can use the title Dr.

The proposals have been voted through by the Engineering Council Senate for further consultation. But fears remain within the council that the Senate does not fully represent the views of the majority of engineers nor of the major institutions.

At a meeting of representatives of the professional engineering institutions last week, a straw poll indicated that only about half of the bodies favoured the Eng title, although this included the big mechanical, civil and electrical institutions.

The Institution of Chemical Engineers has said it is divided on the issue. ‘Very few people will use it,’ said deputy chief executive Eileen Lawson.

Engineers will also be asked about two other proposals in the ballot. One is for an advertising campaign for the engineering profession. The other, more contentious, issue is for the introduction of more extensive licencing for engineers in selected disciplines, who could be assessed and re-certified every 3-5 years.

Engineers will be balloted later this month to gauge the level of support for the use of an Engineer prefix title as support for the move looks set to become increasingly polarised.

Nine thousand registered engineers will receive ballot papers within the next two weeks, and will be asked how they view proposals to bring in the title Engineer that could be used in the same way that a physician could be called Dr.

The proposals have been voted through by the Engineering Council Senate for further consultation. But fears remain within the council that the Senate does not fully represent the views of the majority of engineers nor of the major institutions.

At a meeting of representatives of the Professional Engineering Institutions last week, a straw pole indicated that only about half the organisations were in favour of the Eng title, although this included the mechanical, civil and electrical institutions.

To date, only the Institution of Chemical Engineers has said it is divided on the issue. ‘Very few people will use it,’ said deputy chief executive Eileen Lawson.

Engineers will be also asked about two other proposals in this month’s ballot. One, likely to be voted through easily, is for an advertising campaign for the engineering profession. The other more contentious issue is for the introduction of more extensive, licencing for engineers in selected disciplines, who could be assessed and re-certified every 3-5 years.