Welcome to the Western Region

The Region covers the five Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon & Cornwall
  3. Devon & Somerset
  4. Gloucester
  5. Swindon

In addition there is a Young Member Panel centred around Bristol. There are also three Divisional Centres for those with specialist interests in the Aerospace, Automobile and Railway industries.

  • Western Young Members (Bristol)
  • Aeronautical
  • Automobile
  • Railway
Information about events and contacts for each Area or Panel is provided in their respective pages.

The overall programme for the Region aims to provide a mixture of learned society activities including prestige lectures, talks on popular subjects, visits to industrial organisations, aspects of Continuing Professional Development, student prizes and social functions.

Details of the programme, typically comprising around 90 events organised by the Region, Areas, Young Member Panel and Divisional Centres, are printed on a single card, which is sent to all our members during September each year via an insert in Professional Engineering.

Ian Parsons - Western Chair
Mike Moseley - Treasurer

Western Region Facebook Page

 

 

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    21 March 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    UTC Plymouth - Plymouth
    Talk "From Steam to Scrapheap, My Career and the IMechE" and the Devon and Cornwall Area AGM. Featuring a talk from Richard Gibbon about his career, this event will include refreshments, an account of the year and committee role elections. Join us to find out more about the committee and get involved. Please book to help us to plan the correct amount of refreshments.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    26 March 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    Shire Hall - Gloucester
    Bloodhound SSC is a World Land Speed Record car being designed and built in Bristol. The talk will include videos and lots of technical details, the record attempt and how you can get involved with this amazing project.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    06 April 2019 10:00 to 12:30
    REME Museum - Chippenham
    Guided tour of the REME Museum at Lyneham. WHEN – Saturday 6th April 2019. Meeting at 10:00 am for a bacon roll in the Crown’s Café. The tour will start at 10:30 and last 1½ to 2 hours. WHERE - REME Museum, Prince Philip Barracks, Lyneham, Chippenham, SN15 4XX NEXT STEPS – Sign-Up!
    Industry: Defence
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    08 April 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Annual General Meeting If you would like to join the committee of the Railway Division South Western Centre, or have any comments, please contact the Hon Secretary : rdswsec@imechenearyou.org. . Followed by a symposium. Magnus Conn will present the case for new vehicles and Phil Grey the case for refurbishment. The audience is then invited to interrogate the speakers and make up their own mind which is the better solution.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    09 April 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    10 April 2019 19:00 to 21:00
    University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Elwes Building
    Use of ‘Lean Six Sigma’ techniques for business improvement. The techniques of Lean Six Sigma are applicable to all areas of business, not just manufacturing so will appeal to a wide range of business activities.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    16 April 2019 19:00 to 21:00
    The White Hart - Swindon
    WHAT - IMechE Swindon Area AGM WHEN - Tuesday 16th April 2019 commencing at 7:00 pm. WHERE - The White Hart, High Street, Wroughton SN4 9JX
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    25 April 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    Leonardo Works - Yeovil
    The talk will cover the specifications for the main types of Aviation fuel and how the supply chains ensure that vary large quantities of fuel are unfailingly available to meet demand. The arrangements to supply the large quantities of fuel to aircraft at airports around the world will also be described.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    26 April 2019 09:00 to 27 April 2019 16:00
    The Winter Gardens - Weston-Super-Mare
    The Big Bang Science and Engineering Festival for 2019 will be based at the Winter Gardens on the Weston Super Mare seafront on 26th and 27th April 2019. The aim of the festival is to support and enhance the treatment of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) being taught in primary schools and the narrow coverage of these subjects in secondary schools.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    30 April 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    Lecture Room A - TAunton
    The speaker will talk about the recent successes with the University of Nottingham's electric motorcycle, this year beating the previous electric course record for the TT Zero. Narrowly missing out on the win to Mugen Honda. The Pikes Peak (winning their class) and Moto-E (beating many petrol bikes). From a technical perspective the speaker will run through the development of the electric bikes. Highlighting the major challenges which needed to be overcome and the complex engineering employed.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    03 May 2019 09:30 to 12:00
    UWE Room 4Q69 - Bristol
    Want to enthuse children about engineering? Come and have a go at some fun, engaging design and make projects and find out how the activities can be used to inspire the next generation. and listen to a talk on STEM engagement. Create your own electric fan boats and vibrating brush monsters. Class packs will be available for attendees to conduct the activities in school.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    16 May 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    AnTech CTD Services Division (S), Unit 5 - Exeter
    “A visit and tour of AnTech, an oilfield services and products company” The visit would include an introduction talk about AnTech and also tours of the Products Department (for example wellhead outlets, slip ring collectors, logging heads, and gyros) and the Services Department (drilling tools).
    Industry: Coal / Oil / Gas
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    22 May 2019 19:00 to 20:30
    Prima Dental - Gloucester
    Visit to Prima Dental to see manufacturing facilities.
    Industry: Biomedical engineering
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    31 May 2019 09:30 to 16:30
    MBDA - Bristol
    Complete your IEng or CEng application with support from Institution staff, and have it practically ready to submit by the end of the day.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Competition event
    29 June 2019 09:00 to 30 June 2019 17:00
    Stapleford Miniature Railway
    Come be a part of The Railway Challenge 2019, organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Railway Division). This event showcases the culmination of locomotive building skills, expertise, knowledge, and business acumen of 14 participating teams of undergraduates, graduates in work and apprentices from across the UK and overseas.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Social event
    29 June 2019 10:30 to 17:00
    Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway - Cheltenham
    Summer social event. Train ride Cheltenham - Broadway return stopping at loco and C&W depots.
    Industry: Railway
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