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: Technical lecture
    29 January 2020 19:30 to 21:00
    The Forum - Barrow-in-Furness
    Speaker: Stuart Atkinson
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    30 January 2020 18:00 to 21:00
    The Open Learning Centre - Leyland,
    Mark will talk about the history and Technical Development of Morgan cars - both 3 and 4 wheelers from the fundamentals of Sliding Pillar Suspension to recent times. He will also discus the Morgan philosophy and production methods and how he achieved European Type Approval and accreditation to sell into the United States and across the world Start time 6 for 6.30pm.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    30 January 2020 19:00 to 21:00
    Lakes College West Cumbria - Cumbria
    Tidal energy is a predictable, mature technology with the potential to produce 10% of the UK’s electricity power supply. High level calculations based on average tidal ranges deduced that Admiralty Chart tide levels tend to underestimate energy potential and the number of turbines required to move a volume of water.
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    11 February 2020 10:30 to 13:00
    BAE - Blackburn
    The Institution are hosting a 3 hour interactive session which will help you to submit an application for EngTech Membership with guidance and advice from Institution staff. It has been designed to help you through each of the UK-SPEC competence questions and application paperwork; preparing you for the submission of your written application.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    11 February 2020 16:45 to 20:00
    Alstom Transport Training Academy - Widnes
    Tour of Alstom’s facility at Widnes followed by the lecture: The Role For Hydrogen Trains In Decarbonising Transport.
    Industry: Railway
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