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New Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) Professional Sector Announced

01 August 2018   (0 Comments)

SOE President, Howard Seymour, announced the formation of a new SOE professional sector at this year’s AGM, which took place at 22 Greencoat Place on Tuesday 17th July. The new sector, which is planned to be named Institution of Operations Engineers (IOE) will cater specifically for operations engineers who do not naturally identify with BES, IPlantE or IRTE, and sit equally alongside them in the SOE family.

SOE staff and Trustee Board members are working to form the governance for the new sector, which will be mentored by IPlantE and given a voice on the trustee board through them, until it reaches a critical mass of 1,000 members, at which time a new Professional Sector Council we be formed. The sector will be formally launched in Autumn 2018, however any existing members who would like to join this new sector should contact the membership team now to register interest. 

SOE are a Licensed Body of the Society for the Environment, which allows them to register their members as Chartered Environmentalists (CEnv). New members, and those transferring to the new sector, will have the opportunity to apply to become a CEnv if they meet the other eligibility criteria.  

Membership & Registration Manager Oliver Teasell commented: "Although the SOE itself is formed of engineers from a range of specialisms, we have heard more and more from potential members and industry that we need a sector which is specifically for those who identify as operations engineers in their primary role. The formation of this new sector will enable us to provide the same industry-leading CPD, events and support that we currently offer to our engineer surveyors, plant engineers and road transport engineers.

“The new sector will really help SOE grow, and we look forward to welcoming our first new members with the post-nominals MSOE MIOE in the autumn," continued Oliver. 

Daniel Moir, Chief Operating Officer at SOE, said: “SOE is a broad church, and while our overall mission of safety, standards and best-practice spans all members, it is the expertise of our professional sectors which are the strong pillars on which SOE stands. This new sector will enable us to properly raise and recognise the profile of operations engineering as a distinct engineering discipline.”

Members who wish to find out more about the new sector or transferring to it should contact Oliver Teasell or any of the team at HQ on

Full launch details will be announced soon.

SOE are licensed by the Society for the Environment to enable them to offer the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration to their members. 

Professional bodies licensed to award the Chartered Environmentalist registration:

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