The Dorchester Area of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers covers the postal code zones DT1 - DT9. This embraces Blandford, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Gillingham, Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport and Lyme Regis. Unfortunately, there are no longer any very large industries within the Area, which is otherwise chiefly rural.
On the other hand, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty with geological interest associated with the Jurassic Coast world heritage site which is right on our door step and in 2012 Weymouth & Portland hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events.
Consequently, many engineers move into the area during retirement bringing with them a wide diversity of experience and a wealth of interest which is evident in those attending the lectures, talks and visits that we host.
The institute has 5 key themes
We offer a total of six lectures a year, combined with that of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) where possible focusing on these 5 key themes. Lectures are held in the Weymouth College premises at Cranford Avenue in Weymouth. Visitors are welcome to attend any of our events and we believe they enjoy the talks which are held on a wide range of subject matter and help to promulgate a general interest in engineering and applied science. We try to organise visits for our members to local industries and actively promote engineering within local schools through the work of our Schools Liaison Officer.
The Area committee meets four times a year in Dorchester, usually at the Trumpet Major Inn. Institution members are invited to attend and details can be obtained from any of the committee.
Dr Andrew Samways FImechE
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