As 2016 came towards a close, Martin moved to his current role in Rolls-Royce’s Compressor Components SCU as a Welding Specialist, where he leads the weld development for joining outlet guide vanes on the UltraFan® engine project.
Becoming an IEng
While Martin was a graduate member of The Welding Institute for a number of years, he decided to take the plunge and apply to become a Member and an Incorporated Engineer (MWeldI IEng). This was spurred by the fact that he was set to change jobs at Rolls-Royce and felt that it was ‘an ideal time to apply’ before his new role began.
Rolls-Royce, who covered all the applicable fees for the professional registration and gave Martin the time he needed to attend his professional review interview, supported the application. Meanwhile, he received extra encouragement in his application from a colleague who is a Chartered Engineer and Member (CEng MWeldI) as well as ‘gentle persuasion’ from members of his local Welding Institute branch!
As for the process itself, Martin submitted his CV to the Professional Membership Office at The Welding Institute, who were then able to advise which grade would be most suitable. From here, Martin emailed the relevant checklists and application form, but since he already held an accredited degree, Martin said that the process was ‘fairly straight-forward.’
In fact, the process of gaining his professional registration as an IEng was so easy that Martin advises others who may be thinking about a similar path to just ‘get on with it,’ adding, ‘I put it off for many years as I had a preconception that it would be very difficult. When I finally got round to it, in reality, it was straight-forward.’
The benefits of professional registration
Becoming an IEng has helped both Martin’s own career and also benefitted his employer, as he explained, saying that it has helped him to demonstrate his professional competence while also showing external suppliers that he is suitably experienced and qualified.
But, what of the future?
Martin concluded that he is hoping to take things further, revealing, ‘I hope to apply for CEng later this year and develop as a technical specialist within Rolls-Royce, gaining internal and external recognition within the welding and joining industry.’
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