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
    27 February 2024 19:00 to 21:00
    Forth Engineering (Cumbria) Ltd - Maryport
    An opportunity to visit Forth Engineering at Flimby, Maryport, to find out about, and see at first hand the successful involvement of the company in the Resugam Project, which is a project to introduce high productivity Friction Stir Welding of steel to European shipyards.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    28 February 2024 19:30 to 21:00
    The Forum - Barrow-in-Furness
    Industry: Construction & building services
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    05 March 2024 12:00 to 13:00
    Online Webinar
    Thermal processes account for the majority of energy use in the food and drink sector. Main focus has been on decarbonising heating, but cooling and refrigeration also play a major role on greenhouse gas emissions due to both direct refrigerant leakage and indirect energy use. Achieving net zero refrigeration in food and drink manufacturing will require understanding of what the emissions currently are, how to reduce those emissions and what innovation and policy levers can support this.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Competition event
    07 March 2024 18:30 to 20:30
    Jacobs Manchester - Manchester
    Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your presentation skills? Speak Out for Engineering offers individuals the opportunity to give a presentation on a subject relating to mechanical engineering and compete for a cash prize of up to £300.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    12 March 2024 18:00 to 20:00
    AMRC North West - Blackburn
    AMRC NW's Business Development Manager Peter McOnie will give a presentation about this recently opened Lancashire asset followed by a tour of the facility. AMRC North West is a gateway development on the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone which is part of the wider Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Cluster. The flagship facility employs high-performing technical R&D teams to enhance the manufacturing base of Lancashire.
    Industry: Manufacturing
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