Armed Forces and MoD

If you are serving in the Armed Forces, DE&S or SDA (or have left the Service within the last 12 months), you may be able to use our simplified route to Professional Registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (Eng Tech).

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Please email your application to the Endorser either scanned with a handwritten signature or with an e-signature using an application such as Adobe Sign, E-Sign, DocuSign, eSign PDF or HelloSign.

When you join us, you’ll receive:

  • Professional recognition and development
  • Access to a full-time, dedicated Defence Liaison Officer (DLO) to provide guidance and advice
  • Support and guidance when returning to civilian life
  • Support with personal development during and after your military service, including free or discounted training courses and technical publications
  • Networking opportunities at engineering events
  • Acknowledgement of your existing qualifications and experience, including military training

See a full list of benefits for members.

For detailed information on how to apply, follow the link that applies to you.

I am a member of the Royal Air Force
I am a member of the Royal Navy
I am a member of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)
I am a member of the DE&S or SDA

Career opportunities

If you're an experienced engineer that has served in the defence sector and are looking to deploy your skills-set to another industry, there are plenty of job opportunities to explore on the Talent Retention Solution (TRS) website.

TRS can put you in direct contact with companies searching for new employees with specific skills that you may hold. If you are in the job market, either because of redundancy or another reason, the on-line system provides a user-friendly way of marketing yourself directly to prospective employers.

Meet our Members

  • John Vyse EngTech MIMechE

    John Vyse EngTech MIMechE

    John is a Corporal in the Royal Air Force.

    He is currently at RAF Marham, where he started working in Forward GEF (FGEF) in an Acting Corporal role. working on the new support equipment for the F35.

    Find out more about John

Matthew Chapman CEng MIMechE

Matthew Chapman CEng FIMechE

Matthew began his career in the REME as an Apprentice Armourer more than 20 years ago and has since served globally in various engineering appointments.

He joined the Institution in 2013 when attached to the Bloodhound SSC project.

Find out more about Matthew

  • Michael Woods CEng MIMechE

    Michael Woods CEng MIMechE

    Michael, who specialises in submarine air purification, has become one of the first in his rank to obtain Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a milestone he describes as one of his proudest achievements.

    Find out more about Michael

Need some help?

Contact Defence Liaison Officer Jill Dwyer if you have any questions about joining us as a member of the Armed Forces or MoD.


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.

We are in the process of transitioning to the 4th edition. There will be updates to our application/guidance documents and website over the next couple of months. Professional review interviews will not be available against the UK-SPEC 3 standards after 31 December 2021.

Armed Forces Training Scheme

Armed Forces Training Scheme 

Carefully selected training courses, exclusive to members of the armed forces, which allow you to utilise your Standard Learning Credits should you choose to.

Find out more

MOD fees

Get your fees reimbursed

Professional registration for Armed Forces personnel is more valued than ever. You can easily claim your fees back.

    Pay your 2021 subscription fee
  • Request a receipt from us
  • Use 2020DIN01-061 to get your fees reimbursed from the MoD each year.