European Engineer

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European Engineer (EUR ING) is an international professional qualification and title for highly qualified engineers used in over 32 European countries.[1] Contemporary EUR ING engineers are degree-qualified and have gained the highest level of professional competencies through training and monitored professional practice experience. EUR ING engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change. They might develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, introduce new and more efficient production techniques, marketing and construction concepts, pioneer new engineering services and management methods.

The title is pre-nominal, i.e. it is placed before, rather than after, the name as in the case of a post-nominal title such as that for academic degrees (however, in some European countries, academic degrees are also pre-nominal). It is displayed in uppercase with no punctuation (EUR ING).


The title is granted after successful application to a national member of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI) which includes representation from many European countries, including much of the European Union. In providing an acceptable common and highly professional standard, the European Engineer requires proven experience and competency in the application of scientific knowledge, level of professional skill, safety and environmental consciousness, sense of responsibility and the ability to communicate within the level of supervision received and given. A minimum total period of seven years formation and practice, consisting of an accredited engineering degree, further advanced training and extensive responsible professional experience, is required by FEANI for the EUR ING title.[2]

Recognition of the qualification and title are generally not specifically incorporated into national law. In all cases approval is only after peer review by the appropriate national engineering society. The EU Directive 89/48/EEC generally exempts a bearer from additional examination in the European Union. Names are also placed on the FEANI EUR ING Register maintained by FEANI in addition to national member registers.[3]

Ireland and the UK[edit]

In Ireland[4] and the United Kingdom,[5] the Chartered Engineer title (8-12 year qualification process) is a prerequisite requirement for an application for the EUR ING title. In the United Kingdom the Privy Council has approved the use of the title, which can be displayed on a British passport.[6]


In France, it is the association Engineers and Scientists of France (IESF) which manages the applications for the attribution of the title of European Engineer (EUR ING) with the European Federation of national associations of engineers (FEANI). A Masters level engineering degree recognised by the state (Bac+5), together with a minimum of five years of experience and training is required for the application of the EUR ING title to FEANI.[7][circular reference]


In Belgium a Master of Engineering degree together with further years of postgraduate experience and training is required for the application of the EUR ING title. This is achieved through the Committee of Belgian Engineers (Comité des Ingénieurs Belges, CIBIC).


In Greece a Master of Engineering degree (5-year course leading to a Diploma/Dipl.Ing) from a University together with at least two further years of postgraduate experience and training in relevant roles as an Engineer is required for the application of the EUR ING title. This is achieved through the Technical Chamber of Greece (Τεχνικό Επιμελητήριο Ελλάδος, ΤΕΕ) after an application and examination of all required specifications. [8]

FEANI also requests that the School of Engineering be accredited by a EUR-ACE Seal of Excellence. In the French-speaking part of Belgium (Wallonia) it is the responsibility of AEQES, the agency for the Evaluation of the Quality of Higher Education of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (also known as the "French Community of Belgium") to request and obtain this European reference certification.[9][circular reference]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FEANI Member Countries". FEANI.
  2. ^ "The EUR ING Title". FEANI.
  3. ^ "Guide to the FEANI EUR ING register" (PDF). FEANI.
  4. ^ "Engineers Ireland - Chartered Engineer CEng MIEI". Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  5. ^ "EUR ING Registration" (PDF). Engineering Council, UK.
  6. ^ "Observations in Passports" (PDF). UK Government (Page 7).
  7. ^ "Ingénieur européen". IESF.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Ingénieur européen". CIBIC.

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