- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 29 Dec 2015
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Mechanical engineers work on a variety of projects from research and development into products, to improving industrial production systems, and designing services in buildings. They develop processes and products ranging from small mechanical components to large plant, machinery and vehicles. They are involved in all stages of the project life cycle from design through to testing and final manufacture.
The institute describes mechanical engineering as ‘…taking science and using it to produce things… translating theoretical research into practical solutions and applications which are used by society’.
It describes its current mission as ‘Improving the world through engineering’, which it delivers by:
- Creating and sharing knowledge.
- Providing independent advice.
- Nurturing talent.
- Providing training.
- Running events.
- Running awards.
- Promoting engineering in schools and to the media.
The institute has a president, and is governed by a Trustee Board whose responsibilities are set out in its Royal Charter, By-laws, Trustee Role Profile and Code of Conduct. The Trustee Board is advised by a Council on issues such as strategy and membership.
Associate members of the institute can apply to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (EngTech). This requires suitable academic qualifications, professional work experience and a professional review interview.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Electrical engineer.
- Engineering Council.
- Mechanical and electrical.
- Mechanical engineer.
- Mechanical ventilation.
 External references
Featured articles and news
Smart mapping approaches for building better infrastructure.
The importance of emergency planning.
Eight forms of resource optimisation.
CIOB responds to Chancellor Sunak's announcement on jobs and the economy.
Revised guide to competition rules available.
Brick slip soffit systems and intricate brick features.
An innovative engineering approach could have had tragic consequence for NYC.
Some secrets behind how canals work.
Breaking down possible steps of pre-contract management.
ICE event includes comments from Welsh Government Minister Julie James.
Designing Buildings Wiki becomes the world's first website to adopt the new knowledge standard.