PLANS TO combine incorporated and chartered engineers within one class of ICE membership last week overcame a key hurdle after the Executive Committee agreed to back them. The proposals will go to Council for consideration on 11 April.
The suggestion is the brainchild of ICE professional development committee chairman Mark Whitby and is backed by chief executive Mike Casebourne.
'Now, more than ever before, when we are all trying to improve the design and construction process by setting high standards of entry to the profession, not only for chartered engineers, but also for incorporated engineers, we should recognise those high standards within the one class of member - MICE,' said Casebourne.
'It is a recognition of the high standard of technical achievement required in the new IEng Professional Review and of the contribution to the profession made by both grades of qualification,' said training and professional reviews panel chairman Scott Steedman
'To establish one main grade of member will help us eliminate perceived discrimination between specialists and generalists, traditional civil engineers and other disciplines all working in the sector,' he added.
Council will debate the proposal and then take a vote or ask for more time to consider. If it votes in favour, ICE members will be balloted on the necessary bylaw changes.