A North East engineering firm is celebrating success after 15 members of its team became Chartered engineers.
Achieving the status is a major milestone for any engineer as it means they can become full members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
The engineers, who are deployed across a number of departments at IHC Engineering Business Ltd (IHC EB) in Stocksfield, Northumberland, underwent an external assessment to evaluate their skills and competencies against standards set by the Engineering Council.
A team of nine representatives from IMechE and chartered engineers from industry visited IHC EB’s Stocksfield base to undertake the assessment, which, to date, is the largest ever company-based review delivered by the Institution. IHC EB designs, manufactures, installs and commissions bespoke equipment for the offshore industry, and actively encourages its workforce to fulfil professional registration with respected industry bodies.
The firm was founded in 1997 and was originally called The Engineering Business. In 2008 it joined the IHC Merwede group to become what is now known as ‘IHC Engineering Business’.
The group all gained Chartered Engineer (CEng) status through the UK’s regulatory authority for the registration of Chartered and Incorporated engineers, the Engineering Council.
The company, which is part of the global IHC Merwede group, provides a mentoring programme to support employees working towards professional accreditations as well as funding the external assessments and membership subscriptions for professional institutions.
Bill Herron CEng FIMechE, engineering manager at IHC Engineering Business Ltd, said: “We are exceptionally proud to have such a large group of our experienced engineers achieve Chartered status at the same time. It is a significant endorsement of their commitment to the development of their professional competencies and skills. This achievement also highlights the exceptional quality of the talented engineers we have within our workforce.
“Professional development is a key element of the support IHC Engineering Business provides for its employees and we actively encourage individuals to benchmark their skills through respected accreditations and qualifications.”
IHC Engineering Business is part of the Dutch shipbuilding group IHC Merwede, and specialises in the design and build of equipment for the offshore, submarine telecoms and renewables industries.