IMechE or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is a growing professional faction of leading engineers in the UK. With more than 100,000 members working in different industries, the organization create technical knowhow on different facets of mechanical engineering and share the same with numerous industries, the government and the general public with a vision to “improve the world through engineering”.
WHAT IS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING?
Mechanical engineering is using science to discover or invent things that would be useful in daily life and improves lives of many people. Mechanical engineers develop technology that lays the basis for modern living. In today’s world, almost every gadget that we use to simplify our lifestyle is a contribution by a mechanical engineer. They bring us safe water via water purifiers, transport via automobile industry, home appliances and electronics namely fridge, Air conditioner, gas, washing machine etc, communication via satellites (mobile phones), internet, spacecrafts, rockets, artificial hearts and what not? Just name anything, you can see that somehow a mechanical engineer is involved in its making. They talk, walk, eat and sleep innovation.
With a 160 year old heritage, spreading over 120 countries, consisting of 100,000 members, the institution has won the trust of Government, industries and general public that they are continually sort for assistance in complex issues in the field of mechanical engineering. The institution continuously trains its members to the best standards and creates contacts with multi-nationals and other institutions to ensure the skilled technical force contributes its best in the growth and expansion of leading companies of the world.
HISTORY OF IMECHE
The current headquarters of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at the birdcage walk 1 in London was incepted only in 1899. Before that, the institution was stationed at 54, New Hall Street for 14 years. Later, when there weren’t enough rooms for meetings and other administrative activities, the institution was above to move to London in 1877. Initially, members decided to rent a building in London which was at 10, Victoria Chambers. Here the institution remained for 20 long years after which the need for a separate, own building was felt by its members. Subsequently, a house committee was initiated to supervise the proceedings of building a new house for the institution. On June 14, 1895, the excavations for the new institution building commenced. But, due to many problems faced during the construction of the new building like that of discovery of running water under the construction site and also some disputes with the neighbors, the completion of the building was pushed till 1898. Finally, the new Birdcage walk 1 was incepted formally on 16th may 1899 with a two days celebration. During this time, many proposals were made by most members to purchase the adjoining area to the main building for constructing a new block to use as club. Eventually, four architects were called for to propose for the construction of the new wing. With any such grand celebration, the new block was completed and opened on November 15, 1913.
Later, the First World War led to acquisition of IMechE by the National Relief Fund and Office of Works due to which the building was moved to 11 Great George Street for rent. Consequently, The Second World War also led to a shift back to London, The Meadows at Bletchworth in Surrey. Most of the institution’s heavy works like record maintenance, membership regulation, accounts maintenance, training and examinations for member, National certificates, Correspondences with various stake holders, National services etc. were carried out. In 1940, Military took over The Meadows and hence IMechE had to be shifted to Storey’s Gate which was then revamped entirely. This Headquarter location was not only a meeting place for IMechE but also for various other institutional meetings and even for Government departments. After a remodeling that happened subsequent to formal merging of Birdcage 1 and 3 in 1960, there were no major changes made to the headquarters uptil 1998.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY IMECHE
Since 1999 uptil now, the institution has developed in multi-fold facets. Some of the facilities and services provided by the institution to its members are given below:
• Financial Help and advice
• Legal advice for businesses of members.
• Hiring conference hall for meetings of members’ businesses.
• Advice and facilitation of insurance for various facets of members’ business like fire insurance, vehicle insurance, employee life insurance, burglary, marine insurance and so on.
• Services to facilitate any kind of business trip or leisure trips for members
• Online stores for purchasing branded items.
• Conferences and program on how to improve your business for members.
• Consultancy on various threats and opportunities of business.
• Introduction of Engineering Heritage Awards and Manufacturing Excellence Awards
• Support network and knowledge sharing network
• Libraries, E-journals, newsletter and press releases
The constant thirst that the committee members of IMechE possess to encourage and train talented engineers all over the world with a broad vision to improve the world through engineering, will surely make a great difference in the existence of human kind in future.