1. "Being a member of the SOE has given me recognition of my qualification within my industry by way of my EC(UK) registration.
This has made me feel valued and given me the opportunity to develop my career."
Ruth Kyriacos, EngTech, AMSOE, AMIRTE
2. "The majority of REME soldiers join the army to gain a trade and during our careers we obtain qualifications; from City & Guilds to HND's in various forms of Engineering, whether it be in the Mechanical, Electrical or Aeronautical disciplines.
Like all Army personnel we have to retire from the army at some stage and I believe that although we are qualified in engineering, some employers may not understand our military experience. That was one of the reasons I opted to become a member of an engineering institute four years ago, as well as the fact that more doors would be opened when employers know you are actually a professionally qualified engineer.
Since becoming a member of the Society of Operations Engineers (selecting the Road Transport Engineer field - IRTE), I have gained registration with the Engineering council as an Incorporated Engineer. All of this is crucial to my career, whether it be in the military or when I eventually leave in the future. The director of REME is encouraging all our soldiers to become members of institutes in order that we prove our worth with civilian counterparts; from a personal point of view, I feel that any Class One tradesman who does not join an institute is underselling themselves."
WO1 (ASM) Steve Walker IEng MSOE MIRTE GCGI
1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery LAD REME
3. "The SOE have welcomed and encouraged me in gaining Fellowship status and more recently have supported me through the process of gaining Chartered Engineer status. They provide valuable information to RSA Engineer Surveyors in the field. I am proud to be associated with the SOE."
Neil Shaw, BEng (Hons) CEng, FSOE, FBES
To join the SOE, please visit the SOE website, call the membership team on 020 7630 6666, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.