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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  • Event Type: Professional development event
    21 September 2021 12:00 to 12:30
    Hear from the IMechE on how to make the most of your EngTech membership
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    21 September 2021 18:00 to 19:00
    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the Ex certification schemes that apply to non-electrical equipment and discuss design and certification requirements specific to pumping system intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, and it will cover; • The scope of the certification schemes that apply to non-electrical equipment • An overview of the technical and compliance requirements that apply to pumping systems • Essential assessment principles and methods
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Seminar
    27 September 2021 11:30 to 12:30
    Online Webinar
    This is the first webinar in the series: “Introduction to the Process Industries” It will provide a brief introduction to Process Industries, with experienced speakers from Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Food, Pharmaceutical and Water industries Attendees of this webinar will gain an understanding of the role and tasks of a mechanical engineer and exciting career within the Process industries.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    29 September 2021 12:00 to 13:00
    Online event
    Being allowed to be Human is the key to a successful Safety Culture
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    29 September 2021 18:30 to 19:30
    Manchester Metropolitan University - John Dalton Building - Manchester
    In this lecture, Geoff Baker will explore the role of engineering in our society, but more specifically what the role of an Engineering Institution should be in the 21st century. Picking on experiences from his own personal career in Engineering, he will talk about why change within our profession is not just an option, but is necessary for our very survival.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
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