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CIBSE YEN London - Tips on achieving Chartership

14th September 2017
Event Review by Andrew Fleming

The journey of going through the chartership application can feel like a daunting process to many engineers. This event focused on shedding light on how this feat is achieved.

The event hosted by CIBSE Young Engineers Network London was held at Cundall’s London offices at One Carter Lane next to St Pauls Cathedral. Alexandra Logan and Jairo Jaramillo each gave a talk on their individual experience going through the chartership application. It was clear from the high attendance the chosen topic for this event had gotten many engineer’s attention.

The presentations covered the following topics:

  • Advantages of getting chartered with CIBSE

  • The chartership routes and process

  • Examples of how to meet the competencies

  • Tips on writing your engineering report

  • How to prepare for your interview

  • Plus, further tips for success

Alexandra is a Senior mechanical engineer at Cundall and achieved chartership last year. During her career has worked on a number of educational, high-end residential and commercial projects. She has been involved in the CIBSE Young Engineers Network since 2013 and currently is the chair for CIBSE YEN London.

Jairo is a Senior mechanical engineer at Hurley Palmer Flatt with seven years’ experience in the construction sector. His area of expertise is high-end residential developments in the central London area. Jairo enjoys mentoring and his extra-curricular efforts are very much CIBSE Young Engineers Network-centric, in particular getting more graduates to join the building services sector.

The evening kicked off with a brief networking session as people arrived before the presentation begun. The first part event was presented by Alexandra followed by Jairo and both talks concentrated on giving people a clear insight into their individual journeys and different approaches they had to achieve chartership success with CIBSE.

An overview was given at the beginning outlining the two routes available, the different requirements for both routes.

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During the talks, Alexandra and Jairo explained what to expect during the interview process, how they both prepared for this and how they tackled their engineering practice report. It was reassuring for the audience to hear how two recently chartered engineers went through this process. The feat of achieving chartership success required time and dedication in their careers and it was made clear keeping a way of tracking this journey will make the application process a lot more manageable.
The reviewers are looking for project related evidence of a well rounded engineer with the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding utilise existing technologies while embracing new technologies.

  • Analytical use practical and theoretical methods and standards to solve engineering problems.

  • Take leadership on projects providing technical and commercial guidance to the client and project team.

  • Communicate and interact well with the whole project team.

The event was well presented by Alexandra and Jairo and well received by the audience with the talks ending with a questions and answers session. It was clear from the diversity of questions asked and responses gave, the route to chartership success can be achieved by demonstrating competencies in a variety of ways. The key to being successful in this process is to gain the experience and keep track of the projects and competencies with your mentor. The presentation addressed a lot of uncertainties with people walk away feeling a lot less daunted by the process and geared up for the challenge.
Top tips for achieving chartership success are:

  • Finding a mentor and sponsor

  • Keeping a record of competencies achieved on each project

  • Making the evidence provided showing competency easy for the reviewers to identify

  • Engage and ask questions

  • Take your career into your own hands