Inspect - Maintain - Manage

Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) serves 16,000 qualified professionals in over 40 countries worldwide. Our members inspect, maintain, and manage the machinery and equipment which keeps society functioning; it could be an escalator in a shopping centre, a modern biomass plant generating renewable energy for homes, or the HGV and bus fleets which keep economies and people moving. The safe and sustainable operation of all these essential functions fall under the remit of professional operations engineers.

As one of 35 Professional Engineering Institutions (PEI) in the UK, SOE has the responsibility to support individuals and organisations to operate in safe working environments, using modern practices, in a technically proficient way. We are licensed by both Engineering Council and Society for the Environment and use our remit from them to improve the careers of our members and the wider engineering community.

Assuring standards

SOE works with employers and statutory bodies — together with professional organisations and individuals with the same purpose and aspirations — to ensure standards are maintained, and that our members have an effective framework to carry out their roles. Our professional sector councils engage with industry in their respective field of expertise to ensure SOE's collective and specialist knowledge is at the forefront of policy and safe engineering practice. 

We also run several accreditation schemes that are accepted as industry standards; irtec, the road transport accreditation, is used throughout the sector, and is the UK recognised benchmark of competence for technicians. It helps organisations and individuals prove that they are working to the required standard. SOE additionally publishes essential sources of quality content for the modern engineering business, including a range of technical guides, and two respected publications, Operations Engineer and Transport Engineer, which lead the way with industry news, best practice CPD content and legal updates.

Supporting careers

Our members are our lifeblood; we are committed to providing our members with the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their careers through professional development. SOE offers Engineering Council and Society for the Environment qualifications, and is well known for supporting members through technical report and non-traditional routes, as well as standard entry. 

SOE members have access to over 250 technical lectures, webinars and events per year, and all members get relevant SOE publications delivered to them on a monthly basis, as well as access to an online CPD library which contains thousands of articles. We also work with training providers and universities to accredit courses for direct entry to membership and have an active network of volunteers who can mentor and advise newer members on professional development.