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Technicians get new status

Technician Members are now entitled to use the classification 'Technician Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers' (TMICE), the ICE announced last week.

Technician members registered with the Engineering Council were previously entitled to use the designation 'EngTech (ICE)'. The announcement results from the recommendation of the ICE's Future Framework Presidential Commission, which stated that technician members bring a different perspective to the ICE.

A strong technician group supporting the aims of the ICE will be of significant benefit to the ICE and to the profession as a whole, it believed.

ICE president Professor Fleming said: 'Technicians are the backbone of the profession on whom, quite rightly, a great reliance is made. At the beginning of this new century it is a timely recognition that civil engineers at all levels operate as a cohesive and effective team. No one person is any more or less important than another, as long as we all know what jobs we do.'

The announcement follows the agreement by the Privy Council to allow changes to be made to the Royal Charter and by laws.

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