Society of Engineers UK

The Society of Engineers was a learned society that was integrated with the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) in 2005,[1] with both societies later being incorporated into the Institution of Engineering and Technology. It was the first Society to issue the professional title of Incorporated Engineer.



Established in May 1854 in The Strand, London, the Society of Engineers was the third oldest professional engineering body in the UK. It promoted the interests of members worldwide and was concerned with all branches of engineering. It was founded by Henry Palfrey Stephenson and Robert Monro Christie as a means of reunion for former students of Putney College[2][3] — one of few institutions then giving technical and scientific training for engineers — with Stephenson serving as chairman in 1856 and 1859.[2]


To became a member the candidate was subjected to an examination divided into three parts:[4]

  • Part I: General Engineering
  • Part II: Design Paper (Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical/ Electronics Project).
  • Part III: Management

Membership Qualifications

  • ASE: Associate Engineering (Non Corporate Member)

minimum age 21 years, a qualification BTEC, HND, HNC or GNVQ/NVQ/SNQ Level 4 in engineering or similar approved qualification and 3 years of engineering training. Pass Part I of SoE's Exams.

  • AMSE: Associate Member (Non Corporate Member)

minimum age 23 years, ASE plus CertEng or BEng / BSc or GNVQ / NVQ / SNVO Level 5 in engineering or similar approved qualification and 5 years of engineering training /experience including 2 years practical or site work. Pass Part II of SoE's Exams.

  • MSE: Member (Corporate Member)

minimum age 26 years AMSE plus DipEng or BEng(Hons)or similar approved qualification or MEng with approved project study at a participating university and 5 years engineering training/experience including 2 years practical or site work plus holding a position of professional responsibility for at least 3 years. Pass Part III of SoE's Exams.

Sample of the Membership Certificate : The sensible data of the holder have been deleted for privacy reasons .

See slides 7-42-43-44 The Society of Professional Engineers-SPE( UK ) is a direct emanation of the Society of Engineers ( 1969 ) . See links at the bottom of the page .

  • FSE: Fellow (Corporate Member) - No Direct Entry

minimum age 33 years, Corporate Members of at least 7 years standing, who in the opinion of the Membership Elections Committee endorsed by the directors are deemed to have had sufficient experience (including major responsibility in the design, research or execution of engineering works) and who can also demonstrate continued career development. Services rendered to The Society in particular or to the profession of engineering generally are also taken into account.

  • HonFSE: Honorary Fellow (Corporate Member) - No Direct Entry

Honorary Fellows shall be persons of distinguished position or scientific attainments nominated and elected by the directors who shall consent to become Members of The Society.


  • 1854 Society of Engineers (SoE) founded
  • 1884 Junior Institution of Engineers founded
  • Date unknown Junior Institution of Engineers renamed the Institution of Mechanical & General Technician Engineers (IMGTechE)
  • Early 20th century Association of Supervisory Electrical Engineers (ASEE) founded
  • 1928 Cumann na nInnealtoiri (The Engineers Society) is founded in Ireland
  • Early 20th century Institute of Engineers and Technicians (IET) founded
  • Mid 20th century Institution of Incorporated Executive Engineers (IIExE) founded
  • Mid 20th century The Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers (IERE) founded
  • 1965 Institution of Electrical and Electronics Technician Engineers (IEETE) founded, incorporating ASEE (with support from the IEE)
  • 1965 The Society of Electronics and Radio Technicians (SERT) founded by amalgamation of IERE with Radio Trades Examination Board (RTEB). SERT then supported RTEB renamed as the Electronics Examination Board (EEB)
  • 1969 A number of Corporate Members of the Society of Engineers founded on the 27 October 1969 The Society of Professional Engineers (SPE) that maintains a register of Engineers who have proved their competence and can be accurately described as Professional Engineers and who on Registration can use the designation "P.Eng.";
  • 1969 The Institution of Civil Engineers and Cumann na nInnealtóirí merged to form the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, now known as Engineers Ireland.
  • 1978 The Institution of Technician Engineers in Mechanical Engineering (ITEME) founded (with support from IMechE)
  • 1982 The IMGTechE and ITEME merged to form the Institution of Mechanical Incorporated Engineers (IMechIE)
  • 1982 IEETE renamed the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Incorporated Engineers
  • 1990 IEEIE and SERT merged to form the Institution of Electronics and Electrical Incorporated Engineers (IEEIE)
  • 1998 IEEIE, IMechIE and IET merged to form the Institution of Incorporated Engineers in electronic, electrical and mechanical Engineering (IIE)
  • 1999 IEExE merged with IIE
  • 2001 IIE granted Royal Charter and renamed The Institution of Incorporated Engineers
  • 2004 Inst.of British Engineers(IBE)wound up
  • 2005 EEB wound up
  • 2005 SoE absorbed into IIE
  • 2006 IIE and IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers) joined together to form the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology).
  • 2018 SPE absorbed into IET
  • 2019 The Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE) wound up

Eminent members

The Society has had many eminent engineers among its membership and in receipt of its prestigious awards — the most recent being the Churchill Medal. In 1946 Sir Winston Churchill became an Honorary Fellow and approved the use of his name for the Society's senior award. Recipients have since included Sir Frank Whittle for jet engine design, Sir Christopher Hinton and Sir John Cockcroft for their work on atomic energy, Sir Geoffrey de Havilland for aircraft design, Sir Bernard Lovell for radio astronomy and Professor Alan Wells for the Wells turbine for wave power. The presentation of the Society's Certificate of Honorary Fellowship to the Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill ( ) took place at the House of Commons on November 27, 1946 in the company of the Society's President for that year, Mr. Albert Edward Turner, together with the Vice-Presidents and immediate Past-President. A photograph exists of this occasion, signed by those present. Eminent Honorary Fellow was Sir Guglielmo Marconi, the father of the Radio.

Past Presidents


The merger with the IIE ensured continued recognition of The Society of Engineers name as its members retained their post nominal letters (MSE or MSEng.), also securing a broader membership base for IIE.

Present status within the IET

The Institution of Engineering and Technology was formed in 2006 by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) and now has more than 150,000 members worldwide. This new Institution now incorporates all the Members of the Society of Engineers.

See also


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