ICE member attributes

To become an ICE member at any grade you will need to satisfy how you have achieved the relevant attributes for the grade you have applied.

The tabs below list the required attributes for becoming an ICE member at Chartered Engineer (CEng) level, Incorporated Engineer (IEng) level and the required standards for technician members at Engineering Technician (EngTech) level

A1 Attributes of Member (MICE, IEng MICE)

A1.1 To be successful at Professional Review, you must demonstrate achievement of the relevant attributes in the table below.

A1.2 While it’s important to demonstrate all attributes, you should place a particular emphasis on those in group 1 and 2. This is because these attributes relate directly to the profession of civil engineering, and will help your Reviewers confirm that you understand core engineering principles.

A1.3 As a prospective professional civil engineer, you must have a sound knowledge and understanding of the construction process (1) and the activities connected to it. You must also be able to identify and manage risks to everyone engaged in the process. If your experience includes the construction process, site experience will ordinarily be required.

Attribute group Attributes of MICE / IEng MICE
1. Knowledge and Understanding of Engineering
A. Maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach to the application of technology in engineering practice.
B. Use a sound evidence-based approach to problem solving and be able to contribute to continuous improvement.
2. Technical and Practical Application of Engineering
A. Identify, review and select techniques, procedures and methods to undertake engineering tasks.
B. Contribute to the design and development of engineering solutions.
C. Implement or construct design solutions and contribute to their evaluation.
3. Management and Leadership
A. Plan for effective project implementation.
B. Manage the planning and organisation of tasks, people and resources.
C. Manage teams and develop staff to meet changing technical and managerial needs.
D. Manage quality processes.
4. Independent Judgement and Responsibility
A. Identify the limits of personal knowledge and skills.
B. Exercise sound independent engineering judgement and take responsibility.
5. Commercial Ability
A. Prepare and control budgets.
B. Use sound knowledge of statutory and commercial frameworks within own area of responsibility and have an appreciation of other commercial arrangements.
6. Health, Safety and Welfare
A. A sound knowledge of legislation, hazards and safe systems of work.
B. Manage risks.
C. Manage health, safety and welfare within own area of responsibility.
7. Sustainable Development
A. A sound knowledge of sustainable development best practice.
B. Manage engineering activities that contribute to sustainable development.
8. Interpersonal Skills and Communication
A. Communicate well with others at all levels including effective use of English (2) orally and in writing.
B. Discuss ideas and plans competently and with confidence.
C. Effective personal and social skills.
D. Manage diversity issues.
9. Professional Commitment
A. Understanding and compliance with the ICE Code of Conduct.
B. Plan, carry out and record CPD and encourage others.
C. Engage with ICE activities.
D. Demonstration of appropriate professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
E. Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner.

A1 Attributes of Member Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng MICE)

A1.1 To be successful at Professional Review, you must demonstrate achievement of the relevant attributes in the table below. 

A1.2 While it’s important to demonstrate all attributes, you should place a particular emphasis on those in group 1 and 2. This is because these attributes relate directly to the profession of civil engineering, and will help your Reviewers confirm that you understand core engineering principles.

A1.3 As a prospective professional civil engineer, you must have a sound knowledge and understanding of the construction process (1) and the activities connected to it. You must also be able to identify and manage risks to everyone engaged in the process. If your experience includes the construction process, site experience will ordinarily be required.

Attribute group Attributes of CEng MICE
1. Knowledge and Understanding of Engineering
A. Maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach to the application of technology in engineering practice.
B. Use a sound evidence-based approach to problem solving and be able to contribute to continuous improvement.
C. Maintain and extend a sound theoretical approach in enabling the introduction and exploitation of new and advancing technology.
D. Engage in the creative and innovative development of engineering technology and continuous improvement systems.
2. Technical and Practical Application of Engineering
A. Identify, review and select techniques, procedures and methods to undertake engineering tasks.
B. Contribute to the design and development of engineering solutions.
C. Implement or construct design solutions and contribute to their evaluation.
D. Conduct appropriate research, relative to design or construction and appreciate its relevance within own area of responsibility.
E. Undertake the design and development of engineering solutions and evaluate their effectiveness.
F. Implement or construct design solutions and evaluate their effectiveness.
3. Management and Leadership
A. Plan for effective project implementation.
B. Manage the planning and organisation of tasks, people and resources.
C. Manage teams and develop staff to meet changing technical and managerial needs.
D. Manage quality processes.
E. Plan, direct and control tasks, people and resources.
F. Lead teams and develop staff to meet changing technical and managerial needs.
G. Demonstrate continuous improvement through quality management.
4. Independent Judgement and Responsibility
A. Identify the limits of personal knowledge and skills.
B. Exercise sound independent engineering judgement and take responsibility.
C. Identify the limits of a team's skill and knowledge.
D. Exercise sound holistic independent judgement and take responsibility.
5. Commercial Ability
A. Prepare and control budgets.
B. Use sound knowledge of statutory and commercial frameworks within own area of responsibility and have an appreciation of other commercial arrangements.
C. Demonstrate sound judgement on statutory, contractual and commercial issues in relation to your area of responsibility
6. Health, Safety and Welfare
A. A sound knowledge of legislation, hazards and safe systems of work.
B. Manage risks.
C. Manage health, safety and welfare within own area of responsibility.
D. Leading continuous improvement in health, safety and welfare.
7. Sustainable Development
A. A sound knowledge of sustainable development best practice.
B. Manage engineering activities that contribute to sustainable development.
C. Leading continuous improvement in sustainable development.
8. Interpersonal Skills and Communication
A. Communicate well with others at all levels including effective use of English (2) orally and in writing.
B. Discuss ideas and plans competently and with confidence.
C. Effective personal and social skills.
D. Manage diversity issues.
E. Communicate new concepts and ideas to technical and non-technical colleagues including effective use of English (2) orally and in writing
9. Professional Commitment
A. Understanding and compliance with the ICE Code of Conduct.
B. Plan, carry out and record CPD and encourage others.
C. Engage with ICE activities.
D. Demonstration of appropriate professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
E. Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner.

Standards required of a civil engineering technician

Civil engineering technicians apply proven techniques and procedures to the solution of practical engineering problems.

Civil engineering technicians are required to apply safe systems of work and demonstrate:

  • Evidence of their contribution to either the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, decommissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes or services
  • Supervisory or technical responsibility
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters
  • Commitment to professional engineering values
Standards group
Description
A. Use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply technical and practical skills. This includes the ability to
The reviewers will be looking for evidence that you have the know-how to do the job, and were able to go beyond the immediate requirements and use your initiative and experience to solve a problem or improve a process.
A1. Review and select appropriate techniques, procedures and methods to undertake tasks.
Describe:
  • An example of work you did that went well, the choices you made and the outcome; or
  • Something in your work that you were involved in which didn't quite work and explain why; or
  • A technique, procedure or method you improved upon and explain why
A2. Use appropriate scientific, technical or engineering principles
Drawing from your direct experience, this might be an explanation of how a piece of equipment, system or mechanism works.
B. Contribute to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning, operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems or services. In this context, this includes the ability to:
Explain how you contribute to one or more of these activities.
B1. Identify problems and apply appropriate methods to identify causes and achieve satisfactory solutions
Show an example of how you have used measurement, monitoring and assessment to:
  • Identify the source of a problem; or
  • Identify an opportunity; or
  • Propose a solution
B2. Identify, organise and use resources effectively to complete tasks, with consideration for cost, quality, safety, security and environmental impact
Illustrate how you make decisions about:
  • What information, material, component, people or plant to use; or
  • How to introduce a new method of working; or
  • What precautions you took
Describe how you have contributed to best practice methods of continuous improvement, e.g. ISO 9000 or similar outside the UK
C. Accept and exercise personal responsibility. This includes the ability to:
Describe an experience or instance where you have had to accept personal responsibility for seeing a process through to completion within agreed targets.
C1. Work reliably and effectively without close supervision, to the appropriate codes of practice
Your evidence should show how you identified and agreed what had to be done and to what standards on a typical project.
C2. Accept responsibility for work of self or others
Your evidence could include: minutes of meetings; site notes and instructions; Variation Orders; programmes of work; specifications, drawing and reports; or appraisals. Activity not associated with your job can contribute evidence.
C3. Accept, allocate and supervise technical and other tasks
 
D. Use effective communication and interpersonal skills. This includes the ability to:
You will need to show you can contribute to discussions; make a presentation; read and synthesise information; or write different types of documents.
D1. Use oral, written and electronic methods for the communication in English* of technical and other information
Your evidence could include: letters; reports; drawings; emails; minutes, including of progress meetings; appraisals; work instructions; and other task planning and organising documents. Your application itself will be relevant.
D2. Work effectively with colleagues, clients, suppliers or the public, and be aware of the needs and concerns of others, especially where related to diversity and equality.
  • Show examples of how this has occurred, and your role at the time.
  • Describe your role as part of a team.
  • Describe a situation where you put your awareness into practice.
E: Make a personal commitment to an appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment.
Your commitment will be to become part of the profession and uphold the standards to which all members subscribe. You need to show that you have read and understood your institution's Code of Conduct.
E1. Comply with the Code of Conduct of your institution.
The Professional Review involves demonstration of, or discussion of, your position on typical ethical challenges. Demonstrate your underpinning knowledge of the ICE Code of Conduct.
E2. Manage and apply safe systems of work.
Provide evidence of applying current safety requirements, such as risk assessment and other examples of good practice you adopt in your work. You will need to show that you have received a formal safety instruction relating to your workplace (such as a CSCS safety test in the UK), or an update on statutory regulations. In the UK an example would be COSHH requirements. Demonstrate how you manage your own health and safety and that of others around you.

A failure at health, safety and welfare will result in a fail at the review.
E3. Undertake engineering work in a way that contributes to sustainable development. This could include an ability to:
  • Operate and act responsibly, taking account of the need to progress environmental, social and economic outcomes simultaneously
Show examples of methodical assessment of risk in specific projects; actions taken to minimise risk to society or the environment. Demonstrate your awareness of the considerations taken in your project/s in respect to sustainable development.
E4. Carry out and record CPD necessary to maintain and enhance competence in own area of practice including:
  • Undertake reviews of own development needs
  • Plan how to meet personal and organisational objectives
  • Carry out planned (and unplanned) CPD activities
  • Record and maintain evidence of competence development
  • Evaluate CPD outcomes against any plans made
  • Assist others with their CPD
This means demonstrating that you have actively sought to keep yourself up to date, perhaps by studying new standards or techniques, or made use of magazines, lectures organised by professional engineering institutions, and other opportunities to network in order to keep abreast of change. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your involvement/support of ICE activities.
E5. Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner.
Give an example of where you have applied ethical principles. There are four fundamental principles to guide engineering technicians in achieving the high ideals of professional life:
  • Accuracy and rigour
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Respect for life, law and the public good
  • Responsible leadership – listening and informing
Give an example of where you have applied/upheld ethical principles as defined by your organisation or company, which may be in its company or brand values.
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