ICE Technician Membership can be awarded to a range of people practising in the broad area of civil engineering. Lewis and James, who recently qualified as Technician Members are now entitled to add the letters "TMICE" to their names.
ICE's professionally qualified grades of membership are internationally recognised and highly valued. Attainment of these is widely viewed as a significant achievement and a benchmark of an engineer or technician's competence and professional standing.
Lewis, Jack, Sahib and Paul were presented their membership certificates by ICE President, Professor David Balmforth at a special ceremony held at ICE's headquarters in Westminster, London. James was unable to attend the presentation due to working commitments on the day.
Molly McKenzie, ICE East Midlands regional director, commented: "Civil engineering sits right at the heart of society. It is all about shaping, improving and protecting the infrastructure that we all depend on in our day-to-day lives – from bridges, roads and railways right through to energy networks and water and waste infrastructure.
"Engineering technicians play a fundamental role in civil engineering, offering specialist skills and techniques and solving complex problems - ultimately they help to deliver infrastructure projects efficiently and on time."
EngTechNow - a joint venture between ICE, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, supported by the Gatsby Foundation, aims to get 100,000 more technicians registered by 2020 to boost the status of technicians and acknowledge the vital role they play.
Lewis, who works for Amey in Sheffield, said he was delighted to become a Technician Member of the ICE. "The experience I have gained working as part of the Amey's Sheffield design team enabled me at review, to confidently demonstrate the attributes required to become a Technician Member of the ICE."
James, who works for Kier, said that "Passing the review was very important to me. I see professional qualification as a great way to monitor my career progression and an effective way to demonstrate to my employers my skills gained through working as well as academia."
Jack, who works for Amey in Birmingham, said "Passing my EngTech review has been an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to further/better their career in engineering. It has opened my eyes to further courses and qualifications that I would like to achieve in the future."
Sahib, who works for BAM Nuttall in London, said he that the award gave him a great sense of pride and joy at becoming an esteemed technician member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He thanked his employer, BAM Nuttall for giving him the opportunity and supporting him in gaining his professional qualification.
Paul, who works for M-EC Consulting Development Engineers in Ibstock said he felt a great sense of achievement at becoming a Technician Member of the ICE. "After a long time of working and a great deal of preparation it is great to have my efforts formally recognised"
The opportunity to join ICE is available to civil engineers, technicians and technical/scientific specialists at every stage of their professional career, from students and apprentices to senior board directors. Find out more about the Technician route and the EngTechNow initiative at: www.engtechnow.com