Welcome to the North Western Region

Welcome to the North Western Region, which has a total of 6818 registered IMechE members (2360 Affiliates; 1243 Associate Members; 2649 Members and 566 Fellows), covering South Cumbria, West Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester areas.

Each Area is well served by a main Area Committee and a separate Young Members Panel who work tirelessly both together and independently with their local communities to engage their members through holding informative talks and visits, as well as striving to inspire the next generation of Engineers through involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Educational activities in schools and colleges.

The Region is also home to several thriving IMechE Divisions and Groups; Automotive, Aerospace, Power, Manufacturing, Process and Railway Divisions, which along with the Area Committees and Young Member Panels, co-ordinate their activities across the Region through the IMechE North West Regional Committee. Despite the NW Region being a geographically large and diverse area, the Regional Committee endeavours to be accessible to all those that it represents by rotating its Quarterly Committee Meetings around the Region, going to each Area in turn throughout the year.

The Regional Committee also brings the entire Region together by hosting a Prestigious Annual Dinner once a year, where members along with representatives from the Region’s key Engineering Industries and Further Education providers, come together to celebrate the Engineering achievements of the North West Region.

The Region has a vast diversity of Engineering/Industry, with large National and International companies working in the Nuclear, Ship Building and Aeronautical sectors, as well as thriving Small Medium Enterprise companies with specialties in Automobile, Railways and Aeronautics located across the Region.

The Region has some of the top Engineering Universities in the country, including Universities in Lancaster, Manchester, Bolton and Preston, and is home to the IMechE’s University Design Challenge competition, which has its roots here in Greater Manchester and the North West Region, and is now a International IMechE Competition being adopted by other Regions across this country as well as in China and Pakistan overseas.

The Joint Institution Group in the North West has been led by the IMechE for several years with one of its main schemes being Engineering Your Future school career awareness days. It now runs 7 events across the North West, more than any other Region in the country, and these have become embedded in most STEM school and college calendars throughout the Region. The Region enjoys unrivalled links with other PEI’s in the region, both through JIG(NW) and through the respective local area networks

All Areas in the Region also run their own extensive education outreach programme with an extensive set of education resources available to all members.

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    23 February 2017 18:00 to 20:00
    Forth Engineering (Cumbria) Ltd - Maryport
    Join us on a visit to Forth Engineering, one of the leading advanced technology engineering solution providers in West Cumbria.
    Industry: Other industry sectors
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    23 February 2017 18:30 to 20:30
    Daresbury Laboratory
    The presentation discusses the potential adoption of large scale off site modular construction of nuclear components to reduce risks leading to delivery of projects to time and cost. Examples will be shared of the successful application of offsite module construction by Cammell Laird for the marine sector. Finally the status of the U Battery micro nuclear power plant will be discussed with the principle that complete power plants could be manufactured offsite in purpose-built facilities.
    Industry: Process
    Event Type: Technical visit
    24 February 2017 10:00 to 12:30
    Kaman Tooling Ltd - Burnley, Lancashire
    Tour of the Site Processes, daytime visit to facility. This Tour follows on from our previous tour of the Kaman Composites Structures facilities in Darwen. KAMAN Tooling, at Burnley, operates from a brand new purpose-built 64,000 square-foot manufacturing centre of tooling excellence.
    Industry: Aerospace
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 March 2017 19:30 to 21:00
    The Forum - Barrow-in-Furness
    The speaker will explain how Climate Change has affected shipping.
    Industry: Other industry sectors
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    09 March 2017 10:30 to 15:30
    Bentley Motors - Cheshire
    All Engineers, who satisfy the academic and competence requirements, are not on MPDS and who wish to make an application for Professional Registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer should attend this workshop.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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