The ICE has launched a campaign to highlight opportunities for experienced civil engineers, who are not yet Chartered or Incorporated engineers, to achieve professionally qualified status.
It has highlighted the examples of two engineers whose professionally qualified status has benefited their careers.
One is MGF engineering manager and Incorporated Engineer Owaiz Khan.
“In the engineering industry, the ICE carries significantly more weight than any other professional body,” he said.
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“I wanted the best, and that meant demonstrating my qualifications, experience and attributes. Instead of letting life hold me back, I decided to knuckle down and do it – because I really wanted it.
“Overall, gaining my professional qualification has given me far greater credibility and authority. In fact, I was fast-tracked to management promotion, so my career has come on in leaps and bounds.”
The other is Aecom principal engineer and Chartered Civil Engineer Zirui Jones (above). “I saw becoming chartered with ICE as the benchmark of my professional achievement,” she said.
“Having been a civil engineer since 2006, I already had the right level of experience – so I wanted to translate it into the highest form of professional recognition.
“The first day I saw the letters CEng MICE after my name was very special. Professional qualification commands far higher regard. My peers and senior colleagues value my opinion, and clients place more weight on my advice,” she added.
“I found that the ICE gives you plenty of support. I attended the career appraisal workshop which was absolutely invaluable in steering me towards what the reviewers were looking for.”
Engineers with several years experience could be eligible to become professionally qualified. The ICE’s membership support centre is available for those wanting a short informal discussion. Calls can be booked at www.ice.org.uk/withinreach