Incorporated Engineer Careers

How to become Incorporated Engineer

What does a Incorporated Engineer do?

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.

What's the working environment like working as a Incorporated Engineer?

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.

What does it take to become a Incorporated Engineer?

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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Further information

If you would like to know anything about Incorporated Engineer that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

The Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
Tel: 0207 240 7891

Engineering and Marine Training Authority (EMTA) *
EMTA House
14 Upton Road
Tel: 0800 282167

Engineering Training Council
20-24 York Street
BT15 1AQ
Tel: 028 9032 9878

The Institution of Incorporated Engineers
Savoy Hill House
Savoy Hill
Tel: 020 7836 3357

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some will continue operating for several months. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

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Facts and Stats:

  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel was only 5ft tall and wore a top hat to make himself look taller
  • Engineering generates more than 40 per cent of the UK¿s national wealth
  • The Box Hill tunnel, part of Brunel¿s Great Western Railway, took five years to dig and at two miles long was the longest tunnel in the world at the time

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