THE ICE came under fire from the Engineering Council (UK) last week over the declining number of technician members joining the institution.
Last year only eight technicians joined the ICE via the professional review compared with 455 who joined as chartered engineers.
Engineering Council (UK) executive director Andrew Ramsay urged ICE Council to do more to encourage technicians to join.
'The ICE tends to attract chartered engineers and not technicians. The balance needs to be redressed, ' Ramsay told ICE Council last week.
The ICE admitted that it had taken its eye off the ball when it comes to technician members.
'There's no focus on technicians and incorporated engineers any more, ' said ICE membership director Jon Prichard.
'We haven't done enough as an institution to persuade potential EngTech members that it's a worthwhile thing to do, ' added ICE vice president Gordon Masterton.
A board of incorporated engineers and technicians (BIET) existed until 1998 to champion the cause of incorporated engineers and technicians.
But the board was wound up when the ICE pushed through dual corporate membership, giving incorporated engineers full membership status.