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SOE top for EngTechs for fifth year

Following the publication of the Engineering Council's end of year registration statistics, SOE (Society of Operations Engineers) again registered more members at EngTech (Engineering Technician) level than any other engineering institution - for the fifth consecutive year!

SOE, incorporating Professional Sectors, IRTE, IPlantE and BES, represents some 16,000 engineering professionals from the road transport, plant and engineer surveying sectors, including engineers from the Armed Forces, the rail industry, as well as apprentices.

SOE Business Development Manager Will Reeves said: "Many of SOE's Industry and Academic Partners are reaping the rewards of having their engineers associated with SOE. Members' achievement in attaining EngTech status is a tribute to their competence and SOE is thrilled to have contributed to their development."

SOE works tirelessly with companies, operators, colleges and training providers nationwide to give often overlooked engineering professionals recognition for their vital work.

SOE Business Development Manager Will Reeves said: "Many of SOE's Industry and Academic Partners are reaping the rewards of having their engineers associated with SOE. We consider ourselves the 'home of EngTech' and are committed to assisting new and experienced engineers gain professional recognition. Members' achievement in attaining EngTech status is a tribute to their competence and SOE is thrilled to have contributed to their development."

The achievement tops an impressive start to the year for SOE, after the successful re-launch of irtec, the accreditation scheme certifying the theoretical and practical skills of technicians working in the commercial vehicle, trailer and passenger carrying industries.

For more information about how SOE membership can boost your career, visit www.soe.org.uk.

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Editor's notes:

SOE (Society of Operations Engineers)
SOE is a professional membership organisation that successfully represents some 16,000 individuals and companies in engineering. It supports and encourages members throughout their careers and is committed to their ongoing growth and personal development.

Through a network of trustees, industry partners and members SOE promotes best practice in operational and health and safety initiatives. SOE offers members continuous professional development and support throughout their careers, providing definitive recognition for both achievement and status. The organisation is a Licensed Member of the Engineering Council and can nominate members for Engineering Council registration at EngTech, IEng and CEng levels.
SOE represents the Professional Sectors IRTE, IPlantE and BES and also runs the irtec Licensing Scheme.

Further details are available from the SOE website at www.soe.org.uk.

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irtec
irtec (the I should always be in lower case) is a renewable voluntary testing and assessment scheme that certifies theoretical and practical skills of technicians working in the commercial vehicle, trailer and passenger carrying industries.

An irtec Licence proves commitment to safety and professional development by technicians and employers alike. irtec licences are awarded at four levels, depending on the candidate's skill and experience Once an irtec licence is issued, the technician is listed on a national register and bound by a code of conduct. The licence is valid for 5 years, after which the licence holder must undergo reassessment for renewal.

irtec was originally developed in 2000 by the IRTE, a Professional Sector of SOE (Society of Operations Engineers). In 2010, IRTE entered into an arrangement with the IMI to improve standards. Now the two organisations work together on developing and delivering irtec, ensuring the scheme reflects industry needs.

Further details are available from the irtec website at www.irtec.org.uk

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