MEMBERS OF the Institution of Electrical Engineers and Institution of Incorporated Engineers last week voted in favour of forming a new joint body called the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).
The decision, which still has to be approved by each institution's board of trustees and Privy Council, brings the formation of a 160,000 member super institution a step closer.
The IET will be the biggest engineering institution when the merger takes place, expected to be by March next year.
'The concept for the IET will be that it reflects the multidisciplinary teams engineers work in now, ' said a joint institution spokesperson.
Its main aim will be to have a stronger voice to ensure electrical and mechanical engineers are valued by employers.
A statement put forward by both institutions said: 'The Institutions of Electrical and Incorporated Engineers share a vision for engineering in the 21st century.
The move to create a new Institution [of Engineering & Technology] is a response to that vision.' The ICE lodged an objection to the name of the new institution in June (ICE News 28 July) saying the title was 'totally inappropriate' since it did not represent all engineers, as the name suggested'.
But incoming ICE president Gordon Masterton said that 'changing the name [of the two institutions] wouldn't change its nature' - implying that it would still be an institution for electrical and incorporated engineers, despite its name.
The ICE is still considering the proposed ICE/Institution of Mechanical Engineers merger, with the two institutions looking to work more closely on joint activities. This will be discussed at the next ICE Council meeting on 25 October.