What is EngTechNow?
EngTechNow is a new campaign to increase awareness and use of the professional EngTech title. Its core aim is to create 100,000 new professionally registered engineering technicians by 2020, filling a skills gap within the engineering industry that is vital to the growth of the UK economy.
EngTechNow is backed by the UK government, and funded by the Gatsby Foundation, with support from the Engineering Council. It is being run in conjunction with the full breadth of professional engineering institutions, including the three largest – the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
What is EngTech?
“EngTech is a mark of quality. It guarantees a level of competence and achievement”
Chris Sexton, Technical Director
The EngTech title is awarded by engineering bodies that have been approved by the Engineering Council. It’s a professional title after an engineering technician’s name that matches UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).
This means that EngTech is an independently evaluated, internationally recognised mark of an engineering technician’s experience, skills and competence, as well as their commitment to their profession, that helps them stand-out from their peers.
Who are engineering technicians?
Engineering technicians are trained specialists with practical knowledge and the ability to solve engineering problems. They hold a wealth of roles in the construction industry, particularly those responsible for the hands-on delivery of projects.
That could mean design, development and assembly of either individual building elements or whole construction projects. It could also mean operation or maintenance of equipment or services on-site, as well as technical and supervisory responsibility.
Engineering technicians deliver the details that matter, which is why it’s so important that they can show their expertise, knowledge and competence with the EngTech title.
The benefits of EngTech for individuals
"With EngTech, whenever you apply for other jobs, or you’re making connections – you will be seen as a professional”
Regina Tumblepot EngTech
Trainee Engineer, Morgan Sindall
EngTech is an independently measured assessment and mark of an engineering technician’s qualification, skills, competence, commitment and professionalism. This means that carrying the EngTitle enhances an individual’s status with colleagues and either current or future employers.
EngTech status works hand-in-hand with membership of a professional engineering body, giving individuals access to learning, networking and career development resources. It also provides a clear first step on the route to qualifications such as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Engineer (CEng).
The benefits of EngTech for business
“EngTech gives our clients the confidence that our engineers are of the right quality and capability”
Mark Jones, Director of Learning and Development
Ensuring that all suitable engineers and technicians are EngTech registered – and publicising this fact – is proof of a company’s commitment to matching industry standards, as well as maintaining their employee’s knowledge and development.
This helps company’s to recruit and develop the best talent, while a more knowledgeable, motivated and loyal workforce – one that matches the rigorous industry standards for quality and safety – is a great selling point when bidding for new business.
Who is eligible for EngTech?
"EngTech ensures a level of quality for all engineering technicians, but especially those who come through engineering apprenticeships”
Vicky Patterson, Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Leeds College of Building
EngTech registration is open to anyone who can demonstrate the required professional competencies to UK-SPEC standards. The relevant professional institution for your engineering sector can advise you what these are.
Typically, EngTech-eligible technicians will have completed engineering apprenticeships and have recent qualifications and on-the-job training. Technicians who have been working within the industry for many years can also demonstrate their knowledge and skills through the work that they’ve done.
The sort of jobs that engineering technicians will do in the construction industry include:
- CAD designer, technician or modellers
- Civil engineering technician
- Construction manager
- Electrical fitter
- General foreman
- Pipe fitter
- Project engineer
- Quality assurance engineer
- Site surveyor
- Site supervisor
- Temporary works technician
Make your first step
To learn more about how EngTech works with engineering apprenticeships, how it has benefited engineering technicians and businesses, or to register your interest visit www.engtechnow.com and follow us on Twitter at @EngTech_Now today.