UK-SPEC

UK-SPEC is the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and contains the following definitions:

  • Engineering Technicians apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems.

    Engineering Technicians are required to apply safe systems of work and are able to demonstrate:

    • Evidence of their contribution to either the design, development, manufacture, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes or services
    • Supervisory or technical responsibility
    • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters
    • Commitment to professional engineering values.
  • Incorporated Engineers maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation.

    Incorporated Engineers are able to demonstrate:

    • The theoretical knowledge to solve problems in developed technologies using well proven analytical techniques
    • Successful application of their knowledge to deliver engineering projects or services using established technologies and methods
    • Responsibility for project and financial planning and management together with some responsibility for leading and developing other professional staff
    • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters
    • Commitment to professional engineering values.
  • Chartered Engineers develop solutions to engineering problems using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change and/or they may have technical accountability for complex systems with significant levels of risk.

    Chartered Engineers are able to demonstrate:

    • The theoretical knowledge to solve problems in new technologies and develop new analytical techniques
    • Successful application of the knowledge to deliver innovative products and services and/or take technical responsibility for complex engineering systems
    • Accountability for project, finance and personnel management and managing trade-offs between technical and socio-economic factors
    • Skill sets necessary to develop other technical staff
    • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters.

The decision to register an applicant is based on peer review and comprises assessment of Education and of Competence and Commitment, it also includes a judgement of the professional level at which the candidate is employed:

  • Education – the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding is an important part of the registration process. This may typically be by the attainment of appropriate academic qualification (e.g. Degree, HND, NVQ), but this may also be demonstrated by the writing of a technical report. For individual guidance please contact the Membership Department.

  • Competence and Commitment – a professional review of a written engineering practice report and a review interview is mandatory for Chartered and Incorporated Engineer candidates, and maybe required for Engineering Technicians. Any such reviews are measured against specified standards, contained in UK-SPEC.

It is not uncommon to register in one section and as qualifications and experiences develop, to move to another. Equally many engineers remain within one section for the whole of their professional careers.

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