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Municipals offer MBA route to chartership

MUNICIPAL ENGINEERS could become chartered after studying civil engineering for three years and then doing a one year MBA or MSc under new proposals agreed by the Association of Municipal Engineers last week.

An MBA or MSc in public services would replace a fourth year in pure civils studies under plans which have also won the support of ICE chief executive Mike Casebourne.

Changes to the ICE's qualification requirements are needed to reflect changes in the role of municipal engineers who are engineering less and managing more.

Extra training in public services is seen as necessary to equip tomorrow's municipal engineers to deliver successful urban regeneration and Best Value.

The move is in response to the growth of more specialist professional bodies like the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Chartered Institute of Water & Environmental Management and the Institute of Highways & Transportation.

'Substantial and urgent changes are needed to the municipal engineering profession if the ICE is to continue as a significant force in the public service in future. Unless these changes are introduced rapidly, the profession will continue to fragment and be represented in the guise of various subsidiary professional institutions, ' says a paper prepared for the ICE by Tony Williams of the Tandem Partnership.

The new public service engineers would also be renamed to reflect their changed role in society and improve the 'unsexy' image of the AME. Alternatives to 'municipal engineer' to be considered include renaissance, civic, community, citizen, society, public, social or sustainability engineer.

For more information contact Robert Huxford at the ICE on (020) 7665 2210.

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