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: Professional development event
    01 June 2017 10:30 to 15:30
    Leyland Trucks - Leyland
    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
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    01 June 2017 19:00 to 21:00
    Hunday Manor Country House Hotel - Workington
    A talk that will review the historical development of UK and international plans for the long term management of higher activity radioactive wastes, reflect on the experience of implementing the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely process in west Cumbria, and describe developments following publication of the Implementing Geological Disposal White Paper in 2014.
    Industry: Nuclear power
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    08 June 2017 19:00 to 21:00
    Lakes College West Cumbria - Cumbria
    IMechE West Cumbria Area Committee 2017 Annual General Meeting and Ordinary Committee Meeting.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 June 2017 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University T0.03 - Manchester
    In 2009 the British Steam Car, ‘Inspiration’ broke the World’s land speed record for Steam cars. The project took ten years from conception to World record and the team spent ten weeks at Edwards Air Force trying to get a reluctant car to work. Don was invited to join the adventure in 2007 and the talk is his personal story highlighting the highs and lows of this unique adventure.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Annual dinner or luncheon
    22 June 2017 18:30 to 23:59
    Lakes College West Cumbria - Cumbria
    We are delighted to announce that this year’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) West Cumbria Area Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday 22nd June 2017 at the Lakes College West Cumbria, Lillyhall, Workington. This year’s Dinner will be very special, with the BLOODHOUND SSC Project back in Town.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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