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

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  • IMechE 24 hour Design Challenge    Fully Booked
    Event Type: Competition event
    05 December 2020 09:00 to 06 December 2020 15:00
    Virtual Event
    Join the Greater Manchester Young Members in this exciting and fast paced challenge where your engineering skills and knowledge will be put to the test! Form teams to conceptualise and design a functional water supply system from a initial brief, then compete against other teams for the top prize.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 December 2020 18:30 to 20:30
    'Chinese Takeaway' C2 Steam locomotive
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    09 December 2020 10:00 to 11:00
    At this challenging time, we are keen to support our members in any way we can. For our members who are actively seeking to become professionally registered as a Chartered or Incorporated Member, we are now offering free online events and support. This presentation will explain the process of becoming an Eng Tech, IEng or CEng Member of the Institution. It will also discuss what to expect in the Professional Registration interview.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    09 December 2020 18:00 to 19:00
    This online technical talk will provide general information about securing elements (categorization, approved and withdrawn securing elements etc.) and also include HEICO-LOCK products together with a Junker video demonstration. In case of the tensioning systems, a coarse overview with regards to the main dimensioning formula of VDI 2230 will also be discussed. HEICO-TEC systems brief overview, including their advantages in comparison to other available systems, will be given.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    10 December 2020 19:00 to 20:00
    The Internet of Things is a term used to describe a world in which devices/things can communicate directly with each other through the internet, arriving at decisions, actions and processes, without human intervention. The “Things” themselves are “smart” devices, designed and developed within often conflicting demands of low power consumption, low cost, novel capability, data processing power and secure communication. This talk explores aspects of these demands, and how they are being addressed
    Industry: Cross-sector
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