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The History of IEng

Professional registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) has been available for over 40 years. When the title was first introduced it was called Technician Engineer (TEng)

To avoid confusion with another Engineering Council title, Engineering Technician (EngTech), this was formally changed to IEng in 1988.

The Engineering Council and the professional engineering institutions have worked hard over the years to raise the awareness and status of Incorporated Engineers. The following timeline and the ‘The History of the Incorporated Engineer’ paper sets out the key dates and explains the evolution of this professional title. 

History of IEng timeline

1818 The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is founded
1828 ICE awarded its Royal Charter (awarding Chartered Civil Engineer)
1847 The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is founded. Royal Charter is granted in 1930
1965 The Council of Engineering Institutions (CEI) is formed. Operating under its Royal Charter, the CEI holds the register of Engineering Technicians (EngTechs), Technician Engineers (TEng) and Chartered Engineers (CEng)
1977 An ‘Inquiry into the Engineering Profession’ is announced, chaired by Sir Montague Finniston
1980 Finniston Committee report is published
1981 The Engineering Council was formed with its own Royal Charter
1987 The term Incorporated Engineer was widely accepted by the Profession and Industry
1988 The title of Technician Engineer was replaced by IEng after the necessary changes were approved to the Engineering Council’s Royal Charter
1991 Following the newly formed Joint Accreditation Panel (JAP), which received delegated powers from institutions to accredited academic courses for EngTech and IEng registration, an accreditation agreement was approved for civil engineering courses
1997 The Engineering Council launched the third version of its standards for registration, SARTOR 3. This raised the academic entry standard for the Incorporated Engineer to BEng
1998 The Institution of Electronics and Electrical Incorporated Engineers merged with the Institution of Mechanical Incorporated Engineers to form the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE).
2001 A new certificate for Incorporated Engineers who wished to be recognised in Continental Europe was published
2001 The IIE gained a Royal Charter
2001/02 Engineering Council UK (ECUK) and Engineering Technology Board (ETB) formed from Engineering Council
2004 ECUK launches the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)
2006 The IIE merged with Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) to become the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
2007/8 ECUK undertook an IEng review, recommendations included to retain the name and to revise competent statements in UK-SPEC
2008 ECUK is granted a budget from ETB to promote professional registration
2009 ECUK changes its name to Engineering Council and ETB becomes EngineeringUK
2009/10 IEng promotion including research, advertising and communications
2010 The number of new IEng registrations increases by 64% compared to the year before
2012 Engineering Council’s Strategic Plan 2012-2015 includes IEng strand
2012 - IEng promotion continues
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