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Omada’s David Gardner and Peter Briton were interviewed by the IRSE last month on their successful EngTech applications.

Below is the article, written by IRSE chief executive Blane Judd, which was published in the latest edition of IRSE News magazine. 

Successful Engineering Council registration applicants

One of the roles of our institution is to help members attain professional registration. The IRSE is licensed by the Engineering Council to register applicants for Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech) status.

Attaining professional registration is an achievement to be celebrated. Professional registrations are formally reported in IRSE News but from time to time we like to bring you profiles of recent registrants. This month we feature one member who has achieved CEng status and three EngTech registrants.

Principal signalling design engineer at Thales in Stratford, England Pinak Das has achieved Chartered Engineer status. Beginning his career in India, Pinak worked in the UAE and Australia before moving to the UK in 2014.

Pinak explained: “My line manager explained to me how much added value CEng status provides to both myself and my organisation as there are many tender works where the client asks how many Chartered Engineers are there in the organisation. So, I thought by having CEng, I can help my organisation. I feel really honoured to put CEng after my name, it is a feather in my hat.”

Signalling test engineer David Gardner from Omada Rail in Australia decided to apply for professional registration through the IRSE and encouraged his colleague and fellow IRSE member, Peter Briton to do the same. Now both engineers can proudly use the post nominal of EngTech. David and Peter are also among the first to pass the new Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals (module A) in the 2020 IRSE Professional Exam.

David said: “I would recommend all members who are currently contemplating Engineering Technician applications to gather all documentation and keep your logbooks up to date, the IRSE will assist with your application and have been fantastic with assisting me.”

Peter started an electrical apprenticeship in 2007 and worked for two years in commercial construction before starting to work in the rail industry in 2009.

He says, “I believe that EngTech registration provides a valuable pathway towards chartered registration, especially for those with a signalling trade/ technician’s background – even outside the United Kingdom.”

David Tyson spent 12 years working in the manufacturing and building industries before moving to signalling in 2001. He became an installation manager at Techno Track Engineering Ltd in 2019.

David says “I am grateful to the IRSE for their guidance, especially through Covid in obtaining my AMIRSE in March 2021 and then EngTech status. I am extremely proud and honoured to have been awarded with both accolades and encourage others to do so too.”

This article is as appeared in IRSE News – Issue 279, Pg 31.