Ivybridge Engineer Achieves Chartered Status

3rd October, 2013
Local engineer, Mark Burrows, has been awarded membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Mark, who works for John Grimes Partnership in Ivybridge, Devon said he was thrilled to achieve his ambition of becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer.

ICE membership (MICE) can be awarded to a wide range of engineers practising in the broad area of civil engineering. Mark, who has met all the requirements of the ICE’s Chartered Professional Review, is now entitled to add the letters MICE to his name and adopt the Institution’s own protected title of ‘Chartered Civil Engineer’.

Trish Johnson, ICE South West regional director, commented: “Civil engineering is an important engineering discipline sitting right at the heart of society. It is all about shaping, improving and protecting the infrastructure that we all depend on in our day-to-day lives – from bridges, roads and railways right through to energy networks and water and waste infrastructure. The magnificent 2012 Olympic venues and surrounding infrastructure are also the work of our civil engineers.   

“Achieving Chartered Civil engineer status is a significant personal and career achievement and we welcome Mark into the ICE.”

Mark became an engineer because he has always been interested in construction, and particularly in how things work. He said: “I did not really know of Civil Engineering until I was about 15 years old, but was introduced to the profession by a teacher.

“Civil engineering is such a wide ranging career that students who are considering it would be surprised at how varied and interesting their careers could be.”

His career highlight so far has been working on Lundy Island off the North Devon Coast. Mark continued: “Part of my role in the project was to design the stabilisation works to the historic access track on the eastern coastal slope. This ensured that the track remained in use by the islanders and visitors.”

He added: “Since the age of 16 I have wanted to be a civil engineer. To be recognised by my peers and be able to call myself a Chartered civil engineer means everything to me.”

The opportunity to join ICE is available to civil engineers, technicians and technical/scientific specialists at every stage of their professional career, from students and apprentices to senior board directors.

ICE's professionally qualified grades of membership are internationally recognised and highly valued. Attainment of these is widely viewed as a significant achievement and a benchmark of an engineer's competence and professional standing.