Welcome to UIPE
Join the professionals
All engineering professionals can join UIPE. There are 5 main categories of membership: Student, open to those studying in college or university; Technician for employed holders of a National Diploma in Engineering, Technologist for employed holders of a Higher National Diploma in Engineering; Graduate for employed BSc engineers, and Corporate; for engineers with more than 4 years’ experience that have satisfied further criteria including submitting Career and Technical Reports to a joint assessment committee of UIPE and the Engineers Registration Board. ERB registration means that an engineer has a legal license to practice under the Engineers Registration Act. UIPE corporate membership is mandatory for continued ERB registration. Registered engineers from other countries can also apply for UIPE membership. There are also Fellow and Honorary UIPE members. UIPE currently has over 3000 members of which roughly half are students, 960 are graduates and 840 corporate members. UIPE is open to engineers from all disciplines but most specialise in either civil, electrical or mechanical engineering, over 75% of UIPE members work in civil engineering. UIPE makes a special effort to encourage women in engineering.
UIPE aims to nurture engineering professionals through their entire career. Initial professional development – IPD – builds the competencies of young engineers, technicians and technologists from their final year in university or college, and then onwards as they find their first job, to when they begin to take on more responsibilities and gain experience. Examples of IPD are a scheme to prepare young technicians for work by topping-up the syllabus at the five Uganda Technical Colleges. Initially students will be trained on-campus in topics in demand by industry. The same students will then benefit from an industry placement. Training and placement quality will be assured by UIPE along with partners organisations like UACE and UNABCEC. However not all graduates will find work, so UIPE also has a scheme to encourage private sector engineering companies to take on unemployed engineers and technicians by subsidising wages and supporting in-work structured training. It also has a similar scheme designed for employed graduates who need to build competency. Continuous professional development – CPD – keeps more experienced professionals abreast of new engineering practice or helps broaden their skills as they mature into senior management roles. It also prepares engineers with more than 4 years professional experience prepare for registration. Examples of CPD are the two- and three-day courses run on topics like Design of Water Supply and Irrigation Systems, Technical Report Writing and Presentation Skills, Contract Administration and Public Private Partnerships. CPD courses are typically paid-for but members get a substantial discount over the non-member rate.
Networking and jobs
An immensely important benefit of being a member of UIPE is the chance to meet fellow professionals to share experience, discuss common issues and to socialise. UIPE currently has 6 branches, Arua, Kampala, Lira, Jinja, Soroti and West Nile, so the opportunity to network directly with fellow professionals is never far away. Members also get the opportunity to participate in the lively WhatsApp groups to learn about upcoming opportunities and to comment on engineering news. If want to find an engineering professional the UIPE website has the details of members from all parts of Uganda. Employers can also advertise job opportunities on the website
Research and learning
UIPE members include engineers working in research settings as well as on projects. And UIPE has strong links with international organisations like the Royal Academy of Engineers that, through UIPE, help build professional competency and awareness of engineering through training and outreach to schools and colleges. UIPE HQ in Kyambogo, Kampala has a learning resource centre with state-of-the art computers running AutoCAD and MS Project. Workstations can be booked by members. From 2020, members will also be able to access online journals and watch training videos that support registration or deal with specific topics of engineering know-how