I note that the ICE, IStructE and Chartered Institute of Building & Surveying Engineers (CIBSE) are concerned about the application by the 'new' [electro-mechanical] Institution to call itself the Institution of Engineers (NCE 22 January).
I understand the concern, but it might be something of an over reaction, particularly by the Civils and Structurals.
Throughout my professional career of over 40 years, I have frequently been asked whether I am a chartered structural engineer and, on occasions, a chartered building surveyor. I cannot recall ever being asked whether I was a chartered civil engineer.
On the whole I believe clients and members of the public are now sufficiently educated to understand the different forms of basic engineering (electrical, aeronautical, structural, mechanical, etc). Perhaps less so they understand the title CIBSE and , regrettably, even less so Civils. Most people have heard of the title; they just do not know what it means!
It would seem to me that by calling themselves 'The Institution of Engineers', the Mechanical and Electricals are 'shooting themselves in the foot' by abandoning their traditional and well established individual titles.
Brian Clancy (F) brian. clancy@btinternet. com