Becoming a Fellow is recognition that you're a professional engineer working in a senior role with significant autonomy and responsibility. It is the highest level of membership and demonstrates your wealth of experience, commitment and contribution to engineering.
Why become a Fellow?
- Gain international recognition for your experience and knowledge
- Increase your exposure to new career opportunities
- Raise the profile of engineering and encourage young engineers
- Provide thought leadership
- Improve your long term earning potential through recognition of your experience and competence
Build new relationships
- Connect with members of the Institution worldwide
- Build profitable working relationships with other specialists in your field
- Help influence and support younger members
- Volunteer to help us via your region, industry or through particular activities.
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The Worshipful Company of Engineers
As a Fellow of the Institution, you are eligible to apply to join The Worshipful Company of Engineers, the Livery Company for the whole engineering profession.
Consisting of senior leading engineers from industry and academia, the Company works to promote and develop all aspects of the science, art and practice of engineering through a series of lectures, visits and networking events.
Membership of the Company provides a link to the traditions and activities of the City of London and Livery movement, charitable activities including prizes and awards, multi-disciplinary engineering activities and social functions.
Find out how how to join.
Who is it for?
Typically, Fellows are professional engineers working in a senior role with significant autonomy and responsibility and will be able to demonstrate the following qualities:
- A position of senior responsibility and/or significant autonomy in your particular field
- Demonstrable leadership qualities
- Influencing policy and strategy making decisions in either a technical or business environment
- A structured approach to CPD
- The promotion of the engineering profession to young engineers and potential engineers
- Highly specialist knowledge in a specific area of engineering
- Technical or engineering resource management and/or personnel management and development
- Responsibility for a budget and the associated risk
- Application of a significant range of fundamental principles and complex techniques across a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts
- Active development and application of new technologies in engineering and related areas at senior level
You can apply to upgrade to Fellowship if you are an IEng, CEng or EngTech Member.
You can also apply directly to Fellowship, which would require you to fill in a more detailed application. We would also need to assess your competence to EngTech, IEng or CEng.
“Becoming a Fellow was important to me as it independently validates the level at which I am operating,”
The HR Director for Ricardo, Sarah’s championing of best practice in business started early in her career, thanks to her exposure to exemplary managers and mentors at British Rail.
For Dr Isabel Ridge, being a Fellow is something which she has been working towards since she started her undergraduate course at university.
Upgrading from IMechE Member?
If you are already registered as a CEng, IEng or EngTech and a Member of IMechE (MIMechE) you will need to demonstrate evidence of meeting the Fellowship requirements. Find out how to upgrade your membership.
Not yet registered as a CEng, IEng and EngTech?
If you are not already registered as a Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer or Engineering Technician we will need to assess you against the competence requirements for one of these registration types as part of your application for Fellowship.
Your application for Fellowship and registration will need to include:
- A completed Direct Fellow CEng or Direct Fellow IEng application form, in which you will demonstrate how you meet the competence and Fellowship requirements.
- Supporting documents, such as evidence of qualifications.
- Signatures of two sponsors (on the application form). One of your sponsors must be a Fellow.
- An application fee.
Exemplars and guidance notes are available:
If you are seeking professional registration you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet competences described in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC.