Power, process and mobile plant specialists
IPlantE was one of the two constituent bodies which merged to form SOE (as the Institution of Plant Engineers). Plant Engineers are involved in maintenance and operation of a fixed and mobile machine assets . In practice you will find plant engineers working across most industries.
The IPlantE Professional Sector Council (PSC) is dedicated to improving maintenance, operational and safety standards across a range of plant. They act as a representative voice in industry for our plant members, and is currently working on the following initiatives:
- Working to develop industry wide technician accreditation with our industry partners
- Representing SOE's interests on the board of Society for the Environment
- Working with the RAF to widen and fast track Engineering Council registration
What makes a modern plant engineer?
The machinery worked on by plant engineers can greatly vary across sectors, we have members involved in the following, to name a few:
- Power and utilities
- Process and chemical
- Building services
- Mobile and machinery
- Transport infrastructure
- Defence and military
What is common, wherever they work, is a high level of technical knowledge, incredible problem solving skills and the ability to think ahead. Plant engineers are responsible for ensuring large, complex systems and machinery don't fail, that they are maintained to exacting safety standards and are kept at peak performance to the end of their operational life. Many of our plant members are registered to Incorporated or Careered Engineer, and the majority of our Chartered Environmentalist members sit in this professional sector.
Search the internet for the keywords 'wind power', 'manufacturing', 'process' and 'industry' and see what you find. After a little delving in relation to business, the sector you might come across most is farming and 'wind farms', but not much about wind power for manufacturers and process plant operators.
Severn Trent Water's sewage treatment works in Newthorpe, Nottinghamshire reports improved pumping efficiency since installing a Chroma progressing cavity pump.
With Chancellor George Osborne's Budget now out in the open – offering some useful business tax incentives – and the CBI's latest Industrial Trends Survey indicating output growth expectations at their strongest for a year, engineering looks slightly healthier.
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