A UK-SPEC Engineering Technician (EngTech) applies proven techniques and procedures to the solutions of practical engineering problems. They need to apply safe systems of work and can demonstrate:
- Evidence of their role in the development, design, manufacture, decommissioning, commissioning, operation, or maintenance of equipment, products, processes, or services.
- Technical responsibility or supervisory.
- Influential interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters.
- Commitment to the values of professional engineering.
If you find yourself capable of performing all these tasks, you must have professionalism recognized by attaining the UK-SPEC EngTech title.
Anyone can apply for the EngTech registration providing that they must be capable of demonstrating the necessary professional competences and commitment.
Generally, an applicant will have successfully completed a Modern/Advanced Apprenticeship or other work on the basis of a learning program that is approved by their professional engineering institution. This can result directly in Engineering Technician registration. Or, alongside appropriate work experience, they will possess:
A qualification, accepted by a licensed professional engineering institution, in engineering or construction set at level 3 (or above) in the Qualifications and Credit Framework/National Qualifications Framework for England and Northern Ireland; or at level 6 (or above) in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework: or at level 3 (or higher) in the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales;
Or, equal qualifications that are approved by a licensed professional engineering institution.
Individuals who don’t have formal qualifications may also apply for the EngTech registration by showing that they have attained the required competency by means of substantial work experience.
The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment offers details of the competence necessary for EngTech registration. Institution staff will advise and support you throughout the whole registration process.
How to register for the professional registration:
The following are the five steps you need to go through to attain professional registration:
- Join a professional engineering institution:
Join a professional engineering institution licensed to evaluate those candidates who aim for professional engineering registration. Or, choose to join a Professional Affiliate of the Engineering Council. Some of these organizations are with agreements to register their members by means of a licensed institution. One of the major benefits of joining is the valuable help that the institutions will give you to help you reach registration.
- Let your institution become familiar with your aim:
It is a must-do for you to tell your institution that you want to apply for professional registration with the Engineering Council. Their staff will check your qualifications, training, and experience. After that, they will advise you which title you may be qualified for and whether any additional learning or experience is necessary to fulfill the UK-SPEC competencies. With their help, you may also be able to find a mentor.
- Record your professional development:
To attain and maintain professional registration with the Engineering Council, record your professional development. It offers proof of your activities, qualifications, and experience for you to draw on when you are ready to apply for your picked title.
- Assessment (the professional review):
The evaluation process for registration is also called the professional review. It starts with a written application that may vary as per the requirements of your institution. Your institution will offer you everything necessary you should know.
When your institution has verified that you meet the required criteria, it will submit a registration form. This registration form will be for the Engineering Council on your behalf.
When the Engineering Council gets your registration form, the council will verify and process your application. Afterward, you will be added to the national register.
It usually takes between one to three weeks. After that, you will get your registration pack. This registration pack will include a certificate showing your new title. Attaining this title will allow you to use your post-nominal letters so that you can emphasize your professional title.
This time, you can also download the related registrant logo. You can use this logo on your business cards, email signature, and stationery.