CHARTERED ENGINEERS no longer need to be innovators, according to the ICE's latest definition, which is intended to include chartered and incorporated professionals.
Previously a chartered engineer was defined as someone concerned 'primarily with the progress of technology through innovation, creativity and change'.
The new definition has been created in response to the Engineering Council (UK)'s consultation on a draft specification for professional engineers.
It says that Chartered Engineers are professional engineers whose education and professional development will make all capable of 'making engineering decisions which may [our emphasis] bring innovation creativity or change'.
EC(UK) is asking the professional institutions whether it should retain two grades of professional engineer as it considers the future registration requirements of professional engineers.
The view of the ICE's professional development committee, as explained to Council, is that the current IEng and CEng qualifications both have an equally important role to play in society. As a result, the committee says this should be recognised by a single grade of 'professional engineer'.
The new definition has already received the support of the ICE's professional reviewers, who believe the current SARTOR definitions hamper efforts to differentiate requirements for the different grades.
Their general view is that apart from the requirement for a chartered engineer to be an 'innovator', there is no difference between the two grades.
The new definition will be debated by Council this month.
Chartered engineers will increasingly work in specialist areas of engineering. But they will be expected to have a broad understanding of other disciplines, and be able to contribute to major interdisciplinary tasks.