Engineers Secure ICE Professional Status

26 August 2014

Six Costain engineers have passed the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) Professional Review, recognised globally as the gold standard in the construction industry.

The Professional Review takes place twice a year at a regional centre. The six engineers who passed the most recent ICE Professional Review in spring 2014 were Anna Hunter, Dillon O’Brien, Richard Carney, Sam Matthews, Taghi Rad and Toby Bedford.

Passing the review and achieving Professional Status brings new responsibilities and challenges and the possibility of a leadership role on a new and exciting project. Seeking qualification takes years of hard work and dedication, often outside of work hours but with the support of the Company.

Richard Carney, a Site Agent in Costain’s Natural Resources Division and currently working on the Severn Trent Water AMP5 framework, received a commendation from the ICE Awards Panel following his review. Becoming a Chartered Engineer has been a personal goal since he joined the Company as a Graduate in 2007.

“The support I received through the entire process was invaluable. I really benefited from working through the structured training scheme and from the guidance and advice I received from mentors and colleagues along the way. I would recommend anyone who is thinking of working towards a professional qualification to take up the opportunity, it has taken a lot of effort but to pass my review and gain professional recognition from the ICE was a great feeling which made all the hard work worthwhile,” said Richard.

ICE requires its members to undertake a minimum level of continuing professional development before they are assessed by a panel of fellow ICE members. The assessment comprises a career review, project report and a 15-minute presentation which sets out what the candidate has brought to a particular job and how they have exhibited the requisite professional attributes.

During the Professional Review, individuals need to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding, both technical and practical, of the engineering process. This includes health, safety and welfare legislation and an ability to manage engineering activities that contribute to sustainable development.  Applicants also need to show strong management and leadership, independent judgment and responsibility, commercial ability and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. On top of that, the candidate has to secure the backing of a senior professional sponsor to support their submission. The sponsor then mentors the applicant through the process.

It’s a tall order but that’s why gaining Professional Status is so highly prized by the industry, the Company and customers alike, said Mel Dyer, Group Engineering Community Coordinator.

“We are delighted that six more Costain engineers have passed their Professional Review. At Costain, we put great emphasis on personal and professional development. Gaining Professional Status with ICE is a major milestone in an engineer’s career, opening up any number of exciting opportunities for those who achieve it,” said Mel.




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