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 lecture
    25 January 2018 19:00 to 21:00
    Lakes College West Cumbria - Cumbria
    The maintenance and creation of a Cathedral Instrument ranks as one of the most complex undertakings for any engineering team. 8000+ pipes; from 64ft long to a few inches; complex pneumatic systems; pressure regulation systems; thousands of components all integrated with hardwired PLC control systems underpin Europe’s elite instruments. This lecture is a unique insight into an unknown world of elite engineering & craft skills which create the shear magnificence of a Cathedral Instrument.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 February 2018 19:30 to 19:30
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Project Team Engineer Magda Olczak, from Loram UK (formerly RVEL), will be presenting how her team has been developing the upgrade to the Class 73 in Derby to make these already useful locomotives suitable for 21st century traction requirements. Magda will review the design, build and testing processes, focusing on the challenges the team has met along the way and the lessons learnt.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    20 February 2018 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/sea-power-generation-torsion-transfer-transmission-system-technology-tickets-37754686283
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Competition event
    13 March 2018 18:30 to 19:30
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Each year the Railway Division holds a competition for the best technical presentations by Engineers in the early stages of their careers, with a first prize of £1000. Regional heats are followed by a final held in London. The North Western Centre AGM takes place on the same evening and offers of assistance for the committee are welcome.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    10 April 2018 18:30 to 19:30
    University Technical College - Crewe
    While the safety record of the railway industry has been improving consistently over many years, there is no room for complacency.  Simon Kay will highlight some thought provoking precursors to past railway accidents.
    Industry: Railway
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