Incorporated engineers generally have more practical engineering knowledge than chartered engineers. Their work involves the planning and running of manufacturing and construction activities. They are more involved with the day to day problem solving in these areas. Incorporated engineers generally have more responsibility for large amounts of complex equipment.
In larger companies they often work in a project team with other incorporated engineers and engineering technicians led by a chartered engineer or incorporated engineer. They may well lead a small group or team or be a department/site manager.
They may be involved in areas such as research and development, design, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance of the more complex products such as software systems. Depending on the industry they work in such as construction, chemical or heavy engineering, they will probably specialise in one engineering discipline. This could include civil, mechanical, electrical, electronic, software or chemical. In modern industry, they may need knowledge of more than one discipline.
The work of incorporated and chartered engineers overlaps.
Incorporated engineers have a basic working week of 37-40 hours, Monday to Friday. They may work overtime on top of this. Shift work may be required for those working in areas such as utilities, factories or within large computer operations.
Incorporated engineers may be based in an office. This may be at a customers' premises or they may be mobile, visiting different sites for short periods. They often sit at a desk or workstation with a PC terminal and telephones.
Workplaces may be noisy or ultra-quiet. Construction sites may be dirty and exposed to the weather.
Incorporated engineers require practical skills for handling tools and instruments. The ability to understand engineering drawings and principles essential. Computer and number skills are important. The ability to present ideas verbally and in written reports. An ability to supervise and lead other people as is teamwork and organisation skills is necessary.
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