Jake Hearne's Route to Chartership via Network75

Jake Hearne is undertaking his final year of study on the Network75 scheme studying MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering while based at ARUP in Cardiff as an Electrical Engineer.  His role involves designing Data Centre Buildings across Europe with his most recent project being in Switzerland.  Jake was responsible for the design of the site and also visiting the site on a bi-weekly basis throughout construction.   Jake is due to graduate in 2021 and Post-Network75 he has ambitions to lead electrical teams working on great projects at ARUP and also to continue supporting the development of Junior Engineers within the Cardiff office.  

As part of his career ambitions Jake has pursued Professional Registration with the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) to ensure his knowledge and competence within the electrical engineering field is always progressing.  Jake was awarded his EngTech professional registration status with the IET in April 2018 and most recently IEng status in November 2020.  He hopes that more individuals will follow suit in pursuing Professional Registration and believes that this is a great opportunity for all Network 75 students as it lends itself to the “Work and Learn” elements of the scheme.  

Jake has explained the process below for fellow students and is happy to answer any questions.

What exactly is EngTech / IEng status?

These are professional registration statuses which can be awarded by licensed bodies who represent the engineering council and is based upon knowledge, competence and commitment to professionalism.

There are numerous statuses available across a wide range of licensed bodies, in regard to the IET there are:

  • ICTTech (ICT Technician)
  • EngTech (Engineering Technician)
  • IEng (Incorporated Engineer)
  • CEng (Chartered Engineer).

Why apply to be professionally registered? What are the benefits?

These will vary for each individual but to summarise:

  • Recognised as a professional in your field
  • Professional statuses are internationally recognised.
  • Greater influence within your organisation / company
  • Improved career opportunities

Becoming professionally registered is very rewarding and is a great target for anyone once they have completed university. Or if they feel they meet the required experience / competencies they can apply during their studies. You may have thought “What am I going to do after finishing University”, well the answer is getting professionally registered!

Who can apply for a professional registration status?

Professional registration is open to anyone who can demonstrate the competences / commitments set out by the engineering council in the “UK-SPEC”. Academic qualifications (NVQ/Bachelors/Masters) are not a necessity but will aid the application. For anyone on Network75, they would have been ticking off a number of these competencies throughout their placement with their host company.

When looking at the application form there will be “specialities” to choose from which will relate to your field that you work in. If you are thinking about applying for professional registration, I highly recommend getting in contact with a PRA (Professional Registration Advisor) who work directly with the licensed bodies to aid applicants.

What is the application process? What do I need to do?

For myself, due to my degree being accredited by the IET it made sense for me to become a member of that licensed body and it was that body I become professionally registered with.

  • EngTech / ICTTech = Paper / Online application form required, submitted to the IET and notified of the result after a period of 1-3 months.
  • IEng / CEng = Paper / Online application form required, submitted to the IET and notified if accepted for an interview. Professional registration interview carried out with the IET and notified of the result after a period of 1-3 months.

There is a small cost associated with the application, which the host company may be happy to cover if it is in their interest to get you professionally registered.  Some host company’s may actually require individuals to meet a specific registration status by a particular point in their career in order to progress so its worth checking with your line manager.