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
    12 December 2017 17:30 to 20:50
    John Crane (Manchester) - Manchester
    Event will commence with a company introduction presentation, followed by a tour of the test laboratory and technical product presentations. At the end of the tour, a unique reward will be offered to a guest with the most interesting question. Photographic ID is required for entry. We advise you to bring your own personal protection equipment if possible (eye, ear and toe protection).
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    12 December 2017 18:00 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Refreshments available from 6pm Lecture will start at 6.30pm IMechE members and non-members welcome. Please pre-book using IMechE system or following eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-from-waste-tickets-37754533827
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    12 December 2017 18:30 to 19:30
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    The Gresley class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikados’ were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK. The builders of the new main line steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, have set themselves the challenge to develop, build and operate an improved Gresley class P2 Mikado steam locomotive for main line and preserved railway use. David Elliott will explain the background to the project and what progress has been made so far.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    09 January 2018 18:30 to 19:30
    Alstom Transport Training Academy - Widnes
    On 29th June 2017 Alstom’s Widnes centre for train modernisation was opened by Lord Prior of Brampton. In a major boost to the rail industry in the North West, this 13,000 square metre facility will be the largest of its type in the UK. Alstom is starting work on the contract to re-paint the 56-strong fleet of Class 390 Pendolino trains and Mike Hulme will describe the project to bring the new facility to the North West and provide an outline of the painting programme.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    10 January 2018 13:30 to 16:00
    University of Central Lancashire - Preston
    "EMERGENCY SERVICE DRONE USE- A BOOM WITH A VIEW" will be a joint presentation delivered by Chris Rainford who is a retired Watch Manager who has been involved with Drones since 2010 and Tim Murrell who is a is a serving Group Manager within Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
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