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 12 September 2022 when Peter Hill will give a talk entitled- "Delivering a soft landing on Mars"

News See news archive for previous entries.

On 8th August 2022 Richard Offer talked about bearings, specifically ball bearings. Richard's career started with Rolls-Royce in Derby through Wiggins of Sheffield, Carpenter Technology and Barden Corporation who were taken over by FAG Kugelfischer in 1990, and latterly in 2001 by Schaeffler Gruppe. He started by discussing the RB211 engines, showing a grapic illustration of a failed engine, then moved to nuclear submarines. We were told about fluid film lubrication technology, and had some history thrown in with bearings on turntables on Caligula's pleasure barge in 1st century AD, and of course Da Vinci's drawings circa 1500. However the first proper ball bearings were designed by Philip Vaughan in 1794 for wagon axles, followed by the bicycle pioneer Philip Moritz Fischer (born in 1812). His son Friedrich Fischer developed the ball bearings for general use and formed a manufacturing company in 1891 to make this precision product. The company became Fishers Actien Gesellschaft -FAG in 1905. Richard went on to describe the techniques required to produce very high quality bearings and their applications.

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.

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. The LINKS page also has links to pages such as a photo gallery within this web site.