The new institution for incorporated engineers and technicians is planning its first merger with another group in a move that would add a further 3,500 members.
Peter Wason, chief executive of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE), created in April with 39,000 members, is in merger talks with the Institution of Incorporated Executive Engineers. The merger is likely to take place before 2000.
Apart from the IIE, the fourth largest professional engineering institution, there are about a dozen other much smaller institutions catering for a total of 40,000 incorporated engineers and engineering technicians.
Wason said: ‘Others may want to come in with the IIE.’