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: Technical visit
    10 August 2022 18:00 to 20:30
    The Weavers' Triangle Visitor Centre - Burnley
    In association with the Heritage Trust for the North West. Come and see an original mill engine in motion at Oak Mount Mill. Begun in 1830, the mill continued to produce cotton until 1979, making it one of the last steam-powered mills in Burnley to close. The steam engine, which dates from 1887, has been restored with financial help from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Science Museum PRISM Fund. The engine is now operated by an electric motor and will be seen in action.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    22 August 2022 10:00 to 15:00
    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, Incorporated or EngTech member or as a Fellow, we are offering free events and support.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    24 August 2022 18:30 to 20:00
    Engineering Innovation Centre - Preston
    Comittee AGM meeting of the South Lancashire Young Members Panel Time: 18:30 - 19:30 Comittee positions will be voted on during this meeting. Anyone is welcomed to consider a possition they would like to hold. More information about the positions will be given during the meeting prior to the voting taking place. Please use link in the description to join online.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    03 September 2022 10:00 to 12:00
    For our members who are actively seeking to become professionally registered as a Chartered, Incorporated or EngTech member, we are offering free online events and support. This workshop has been designed to help you get started with your application form.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    06 September 2022 11:30 to 12:30
    Online Webinar
    This follows from previous webinars covering leadership, assurance audit and investigation. Presentations discussing how the right indicators might have warned management teams in several serious incidents, process safety-related information flow in large organisations and how to decide what should be measured to understand process safety performance will be followed by a Q&A.
    Industry: Process Industries
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