Annual review

Annual Review 2016

Read about our record-breaking year for professional registration, promoting the value of engineering and how we've inspired young people in 2016.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Jon Hilton mission is “To be the recognised authority in mechanical engineering supporting a global Engineering Community”. This is a bold and ambitious mission, but one that is important and compelling. When I became President, I was keen to support professional engineers as they improve the world. This includes professional registration, life-long learning, inspiring young people and more. The Institution acts as a focus for engineers to share experiences, keep up-to- date with developments and transfer technologies between sectors. It is also an important voice for our profession; influencing policy makers and Government to ensure engineering is thriving.

I would like to thank all our members, volunteers and employees with whom I have worked this year. They are creative, responsive and hardworking, and dedicated to the Institution and its aims.

Jon Hilton BSc (Hons) CEng FIMechE

2016 Highlights


Membership growth 2015–2016


EngTech growth 2015–2016


  • For the fifth consecutive year, the Institution was the top performing Professional Engineering Institution for new professionally registered members, up 5% on 2015. 2016 also saw a record 22% growth in new EngTech elections to 2,160.

International Membership

in 2016

  • The Institution represents mechanical engineers all over the world, working in a wide range of industries; from transport, to healthcare, to space. At the end of the year, international membership stood at over 24% of the total membership, spread over 140 countries.

  • Events

    In 2016, the UK regions organised 1,200 events, attracting 55,000 attendees. 476 events were held across the international network with 19,000 delegates; an 11% increase.

  • Approved schemes

    105 new Approved and Accredited schemes to enable professional recognition were approved in 2016.

  • Meda coverage

    We provided expert comment and advice to the media on a wide variety of news events in 2016, generating a record-breaking £49 million worth of media coverage.

  • Insight into Industry

    The Insight into Industry initiative has seen 75 teachers complete five or 10 day placements since it’s launch.

  • Stephenson Fund

    We champion innovation through the Stephenson Fund, investing in smaller businesses giving an ‘impulse to invention’.

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