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IEngs are not failed CEngs. . .

Letters

How long will it take before the message gets home that incorporated engineers are not failed chartered engineers?

Both are vital to the profession.

The letter from Alex Hoffen (NCE last week) shows how far the Institution has still to travel in promoting the associate membership grade. A candidate who fails MPR is just as unlikely to pass AMPR as a failed AMPR candidate is to pass MPR. Both reviews are tailored to the requirement of the grades. Incorporated engineers need to have depth of knowledge in specialist areas, while chartered engineers need the breadth of understanding to see the bigger picture and to exercise conceptual creativity.

Once this message is understood, acceptance of vertical integration and the single grade of membership will be a lot nearer.

Graham Davison-Smith, Graham@schwenck.demon.co.uk

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