Welcome to the Professional Engineers' Club (Exeter).

ATTENTION potential new members. If you are a retired or near retirement professional engineer and would like to join the club, you will be very welcome. Email honsec@rcec.co.uk for information.

Upcoming Event

Our next meeting will be on Monday 11 July 2022 when Robbie Sillars will give a talk entitled- "Marine Refrigeration - The design and use of refrigeration on marine cargo ships"

A site visit has been arranged to the Otter Valley Restoration Project on 14 July 2022. See recent email for details.

News See news archive for previous entries.

The minutes of the May 22 AGM have been added (on 26 June 22) to the Members' page. The minutes include the treasurer's report and membership details. If you have forgotten the login details for the members' section please contact the secretary.

On 13th June the speaker was Peter Wade who talked about the Ventiford basin on the Stover Canal at Newton Abbot. This was a fascinating glimpse into the history of the canal which was built primarily for the ball clay industry to facilitate the movement of clay to the port of Teignmouth from where it was sent to the potteries at Stoke on Trent. The canal was also used for the transport of granite from Haytor quarries where the granite was hauled on the granite tramway by horses to the canal then onward to Teignmouth and London.

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.

Membership is open to Retired or Semi-retired Engineers 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.