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: Careers & education
    27 June 2019 09:30 to 29 June 2019 17:00
    University of Central Lancashire (Greenbank Building) - Preston
    Lancashire Science Festival is back with a bang for 2019. You can look forward to another action-packed fun fest showcasing the wonders of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and more. Prepare to be amazed! On Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June they will be welcoming thousands of children from primary schools across the region on the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston Campus. Then on Saturday 29 June, they’ll be hosting Family Day openning doors to the general public.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Annual dinner or luncheon
    27 June 2019 18:30 to 23:00
    Lakes College West Cumbria - Cumbria
    The IMechE West Cumbria Area are delighted to announce that planning as commenced for the 2019 Annual Dinner, which once again will be held at Lakes College West Cumbria.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Competition event
    28 June 2019 09:30 to 16:30
    Advanced Technology Centre: Blackpool and The Fylde College - Blackpool
    Blackpoolrobo 2 is the second edition of a robotics challenge taking place at Blackpool & the Fylde College. The event gathers students from secondary schools, their teachers and volunteers from engineering as well as college students. This year, the teams will aim to build robots to carry out a range of tasks on a pre-defined arena with various obstacles. Free Tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blackpoolrobo-2-tickets-59880218345
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    02 July 2019 10:30 to 14:30
    BAE - Blackburn
    All Engineers, who are looking to make an application via the CLA route and have spoken to the BDM before booking on this workshop.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    08 July 2019 17:30 to 19:00
    Burnley College - Burnley
    In partnership with Burnley Borough Council, AMS Neve and Siemens, the Grand Awards Ceremony for the Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award in Burnley will be held on Monday 8th July at Burnley College. Refreshments will be available. Car parking is at the rear of the College.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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