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

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  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    08 January 2019 17:30 to 16:30
    The Custom House (Cellar Lounge) - Barrow-in-Furness
    Monthly meeting to provide updates on the on-going IMechE activities in the South Cumbria Area. All are welcome.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 January 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    In 2014 Andy Martlew introduced us to the innovative Class 68 Eurolight diesel locomotives supplied to Direct Rail Services (DRS) by Vossloh España (now Stadler Rail) from 2014 on. Following on the from the success of the Class 68s, DRS went on to procure the Class 88 Eurodual, developed from the 68 and capable of operating either from the overhead line or from the onboard diesel engine. Andy will describe the development of the Eurodual and its introduction into service.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    09 January 2019 19:30 to 21:00
    The Forum - Barrow-in-Furness
    Speaker: Ron East, Carlisle Diocesan, Advisor for Church Bells
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    14 January 2019 18:00 to 21:00
    Room JDE0.05 - Manchester
    North West Committee Meeting and talk to be given by Paul Haines."An introduction and outline of plans and development in his field at HQ.”
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    17 January 2019 19:00 to 20:30
    South Cheshire College
    Technical lecture looking at the technical, engineering and operational challenges with the Apollo 13 mission.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
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