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SOE's specialist sector for road transport engineers

Our IRTE professional sector supports HGV and PSV professionals throughout their careers, and encourages high standards in maintenance of sectors crucial to employment and public safety.

Members who pick IRTE as their professional sector will benefit from monthly copies of Transport Engineer, the leading source of technical excellence for vehicle engineers. The IRTE Professional Sector Council  (PSC), who are all elected by members, work tirelessly to represent the voice of members, improve engineering standards and ensure that we issue relevant guidance on new legislation and best practice. 

The IRTE PSC is currently working on the following initiatives:

  • Trialling, with DAF, fast track irtec licensing to help bridge the skills gap
  • Pioneering the IRTE Skills Challenge to highlight the great work in the PSV industry
  • New technical guidance for waste management vehicles

IRTE is also the pioneering force behind the irtec and IRTE Workshop Accreditation schemes. These schemes are recognised as the minimum  industry standards for both technicians and the workplace in which they operate.  

What makes a modern road transport engineer?

Road transport engineers are skilled problem solvers, methodical in their approach to safety and inspection of vehicles, and have wide ranging technical and regulatory knowledge which sets them apart as true experts. Our members in IRTE range from first job apprentices right up to depot managers, chief engineers, and general managers of haulage firms or bus franchises. A road transport engineering career has no limits - but all IRTE affiliated SOE members have common goals of best practice and safety in vehicles and people. 

You can find transport engineers maintaining and managing:
  • Buses and coaches
  • Heavy goods vehicles
  • Heavy mobile plant & MHE
  • Large specialist vehicles
  • Light commercial vehicles
  • Tyres
  • Trailers

The HGV & PSV industries has in recent years taken great leaps ahead in terms of technology, safety and environmental outputs. Vehicles and vehicle workshops are clean, modern workspaces where you are as likely to fault find and repair with a state of the art electronic diagnostic system, as the more traditional - but just as important manual tools. It is this versatility which makes road transport engineers true experts. 

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Colleges roundtable: Through the looking glass

A roundtable event held in November gathered vehicle technician training providers to discuss the issues that they encounter in the age of the apprenticeship levy. Will Dalrymple chaired the session

Hybrid drivelines: Born to be mild

Partial vehicle electrification through technologies such as regenerative braking, starter/generators and even stop-start systems in so-called ‘mild-hybrid’ systems can provide significant fuel savings, finds Steve Banner

Emergency services: recovered with glory

Just as commercial vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, so too do the breakdown recovery vehicles that service them. One worry on the horizon for urban operators of these long-lived units are emissions restrictions in clean air zones, reports Steve Banner

Latest IRTE events
DVSA 2019 Update of Current Issues and Guidance
Open to members and non-members.
Freight Transport Association Update Current Issues, Policy and Compliance
Open to members and non-members.
SOE Symposium 2019: The Connected World
SOE's new technical event for 2019 which covers the whole remit of operations engineering.

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irtec Licensing Scheme 

Recognising the need for those working in the industry to prove their competence, IRTE pioneered the irtec Licensing Scheme for technicians and mechanics. An irtec licence certifies the skills and safety of technicians and mechanics working in road transport. IRTE also audits passenger carrying and commercial vehicle workshops under IRTE Workshop Accreditation, providing maintenance providers with the tools to prove their high standards of work while also providing operators with the ability to choose their workshops with confidence.

SOE Accreditations

 

Transport Engineer Magazine

IRTE publishes monthly magazine Transport Engineer, renowned for its incisive features, news analysis and comment as well as a wide range of best practice guides. Visit the official Transport Engineer website for industry news, a supplier directory, the latest jobs, videos, white papers, product news, legislation updates, recall data and more.