Professional Development Standards Committee, Panel Chair
The role of the Professional Development Standards Committee (PDSC) is to set and maintain standards of Initial Professional Development for Institution membership and professional registration, and to encourage and advise organisations seeking to introduce or operate professional development schemes for engineers.
The way this is achieved is through the process of accreditation. The PDSC, on behalf of the Institution, conducts accreditation assessments of organisations who operate Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) and is supported by a group of assessors known as PDSC Panel Chairs.
As a Panel Chair, you will conduct a crucial role as you will be responsible for chairing MPDS accreditation visits, assisted by an experienced IMechE Professional Development Consultant (PDC). You will be expected to utilise your expertise and knowledge from industry and if relevant, involvement in the operation of accredited schemes themselves, to contribute to the assessment of organisations engineering programmes in a credible way against a UK benchmark standard - The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment (UK-SPEC).
- Prepare for accreditation visits in advance by reading the application paperwork, liaise with the assigned PDC, IMechE staff and where necessary, take part in email discussions or conference/video calls
- Encourage a free and frank discussion of the subject scheme with all parties including Mentors and Developing Engineers (DEs). Actively listening and posing questions to explore any areas of concern
- Assess, with the help of the PDC, the strengths, weaknesses and suitability of schemes, the ability of companies and organisations to support DEs, make recommendations and detail required any conditions to be placed on the scheme
- Provide constructive and respectful feedback to the company, solely designed to help them in continuous improvement of their scheme
- Review and assess the feedback report for the PDSC prepared by the PDC. Being available to answer any questions from PDSC members or IMechE Staff
- Be prepared to attend a PDSC Committee meeting if a report with particular challenges is due for discussion
- Raise awareness of the importance of academic accreditation for engineering degrees
- Represent the IMechE and the engineering community
- Learn from experience and identify best practice in the sector
- Broaden professional horizons
- Develop interpersonal and soft skills
- Meet people from and develop relationships with, companies, industries, countries, and professional institutions you may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet
- Contributes to your own CPD
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Benefits
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a fundamental part of any career in engineering, ensuring 'professionally registered and active' engineers keep up to date by constantly learning and improving, developing skills and staying abreast of innovation. This will enhance your contribution to engineering and help you get the most out of your career.