From: Paul Burke
Subject: Re: Advantages of IEE
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 14:44:24 +0000
Organization: Scazon Systems
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Malcolm Reeves wrote:
> If you want to join then the sooner the better really. Over time the
> entry requirements go up and up. BTW, the rules are changing or have
> changed so that MIEE is not an automatic CEng. I don't know how you
> get CEng now but MIEE entrance rules have relaxed so that is easier,
> hence CEng is now the next hurdle to pass.
The old path to IEE membership was via qualification as a chartered
engineer. Unfortunately, without immense persistence this was virtually
impossible without being employed by a major company, say the
electricity generators, aerospace, telecomms, Rolls Royce or the
railways. All of these have taken big employment hits over the last
couple of decades, so the cynical would say that the IEE is relaxing
membership rules to boost its flagging recruiting power. One rather
wonders about the value of membership when it is thus devalued.
The real tragedy is that the UK has never had a proper continuing
training program accessible to those outside the industrial giants. I
could have been a much better (or at least better informed) engineer,
had I not had to pay for the whole shebang out of my own pocket.