Welcome to the Professional Engineers' Club (Exeter).

ATTENTION potential new members. If you are a retired or near retirement professional engineer or related professional and would like to join the club, you will be very welcome. We only mention retirement or near retirement because our meetings are held on Monday mornings- if you happen to be free on Mondays and are not near retirement you would still be very welcome. Email the Club secretary on honsec@rcec.co.uk for information.

Upcoming Event

Our next meeting will be on Monday 12 August 2024 when Mike Pillage will give a talk entitled "The Engineer in (someone else's) Society Again". Mike had tried to give us this talk at the AGM but had insufficient time so here it is in full.

News See news archive for previous entries. See also Blog page where you can find out about our recent excursions.

On Monday 9th July Mike Sheeham gave us the second part of his talk on the land speed record. He concentrated this time on Richard Noble's Thrust SSC, an attempt to break the sound barrier on land. Mike was nvolved in the design of the shell for the car, which was powered by two Rolls Royce aircraft jet engines. Mike's talk was fascinating because he experienced at first hand all the problems associated with building a supersonic car using free materials - the frame was composed of 2 inch square section steel which Noble got free as it was surplus imperial size stock.

Our Club

The Club was founded in 1986 as the Retired Chartered Engineers' Club to provide a social meeting place for retired and semi retired professional engineers and a means of keeping in touch with achievements and developments in engineering. The Club has links with other organisations including the University of Exeter. We meet at the Exeter Golf and Country Club on the second Monday of each month, and occasionally organise site visits and social events.

Membership is open to mainly retired or near-retirement Engineers (we meet on Monday mornings!) and related professionals resident in the South West and currently includes more than 50 representatives from the Aeronautical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Communications, Gas, Marine, Mechanical, Petroleum, Structural and other disciplines. Prospective members are welcomed as guests at Club events. For further membership information email the club secretary at honsec@rcec.co.uk

You can also download a membership application form here:   

Members assemble from 10.00am for an informal tea or coffee and the meeting starts promptly at 10.30am when short reports concerning Club business are presented by the committee. This is followed by a talk of approximately 40 - 60 minutes on a subject of engineering interest usually given by invited speakers or sometimes by members. Topics have been as diverse as nuclear fusion reactors and Roman aqueducts.

Social events take place throughout the year and technical visits are arranged for the summer months.

The Heritage Trail section researches the achievements of engineers with local connections and where appropriate arranges for the erection of plaques in their memory. The link is at heritage

There are Clubs similar to ours in other areas of the UK and a list of those known to us may be reached via the Links page in the main menu. The LINKS page also has links to pages such as a photo gallery within this web site.