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Become a member 

Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers connects you to the world of mechanical engineering. Whether you are working towards professional registration, wish to progress to a different category of membership or simply have an interest in the world of engineering - we can support you.

As an apprentice, student or experienced engineer, we have a membership type appropriate to your career stage. For those pursuing professional registration, we offer Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer.

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What type of membership is right for you?

We can help you find the right type of membership. Answer a few questions about your knowledge and experience.


Professional registration for engineers and technicians

Professional registration is the definitive measure of a successful career in engineering, and is global recognition of your knowledge and experience.

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)

    Chartered Engineers develop solutions to complex engineering problems using new or existing technologies, and through innovation, creativity and technical analysis. Their academic knowledge is at master's level or equivalent.

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  • Incorporated Engineer (IEng)

    Incorporated Engineers maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation. Their academic knowledge is at bachelor's level or equivalent.

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  • Engineering Technician (EngTech)

    Engineering Technicians apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems. They are able to demonstrate learning to NVQ/SQV level 3 or similar.

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  • Fellow (FIMechE)

    Fellowship is a mark of exceptional commitment, knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering, and is the senior class of membership for professionally registered engineers. It also recognises engineers' contributions to the profession and the Institution.

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Other types of membership

  • Affiliate membership

    Affiliate membership is free to apprentices or undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subjects.

    In addition, anyone who is interested in engineering, including students aged 16 and over studying a STEM subject, can be an Affiliate for an annual fee.

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Become a member

Contact our Membership team if you have any questions about joining us:

  • UK-SPEC 4th Edition

    All applicants for registration and membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers are assessed against the standards as defined by the Engineering Council (EngC) in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). The 4th edition of the UK-SPEC was published on 1 September 2020, for implementation across the sector by 31 December 2021. The 4th edition is available here, with a summary of the key changes.

    Because of this required change, the competence statements within the MPDS/SRS tools will be amended to reflect UK-SPEC 4 on 6 September 2021. This should not affect those who have already completed MPDS/SRS and have submitted their membership applications.

    UK-SPEC has not changed structurally: the amendments to the templates are small textual changes, so should not impact evidence or plans lodged against current MPDS reports. When applying for membership, you should review text taken from reports to ensure your responses align with the amended wording of UK-SPEC4.

    Code of Conduct

    Our Code of Conduct covers the fundamental behaviours which all members are expected to abide by.

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    Check your qualifications for professional registration

    Not sure if your academic qualifications give you eligibility for professional registration?

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    Professionally registered with another institution?

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    Meet our Members

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    Armed Forces and MOD

    Serving in the Armed Forces or the Ministry of Defence (MoD)? You may be eligible to use a simplified route to professional registration.

    Find out about our Armed Forces route to professional registration