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
    11 December 2018 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Transpennine Express is delivering state of the art trains under the “Nova” banner to their customers in the North of England and Scotland. The Nova family includes five car bi-mode trains from Hitachi, five car electric trains from CAF and, for those who thought that loco hauled trains were no more, new carriages from CAF to be hauled by Class 68 locomotives. Sami Gebachi will introduce us to the new fleet and discuss some of the technical challenges associated with their introduction.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 December 2018 19:15 to 20:45
    Castle Green Hotel - Kendal
    Speaker: Keith Scobie-Youngs (Cumbria Clock Company)
    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
    22 January 2019 18:00 to 20:30
    The University of Bolton, Senate House, Deane suite F2-008 - Bolton
    The presentation will commence with a brief overview of the history of John Crane Performance Plus® and cover how John Crane improve plant reliability through Mechanical Seal Managed Reliability Programs. Meet in Main Reception, Senate House for refreshments at 18:00. Main lecture in Deane Suite Lecture Theatre F2-008 at 18:30.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    29 January 2019 19:00 to 21:00
    Lakes College West Cumbria - Cumbria
    NEW DATE: Decarbonising Bricks and Mortar: Using property as a springboard for low carbon technology adoption. A talk by local company British Energy Coast (BEC), on how it is putting low carbon at the heart of its local development.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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