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 form here. Free while meetings are online! Please also read the security note.
Latest News (-in last month or so)
Our next meeting will be on Monday 8th March when Geoff Pettinger will give a talk "A career in Aerospace". The meeting will start at 10.30 am online, and as usual Ken or Geoff will send out the link.
On Monday 8th February 2021 John Davidson gave a talk entitled "Living with Volcanoes" how well can we manage volcanic eruptions? John has travelled extensively studying physical geography and writing articles on landscapes and natural hazards. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Geographical Association.There are over 1500 active volcanoes in the world, and over 500 have produced significant eruptions in historic times. Volcanic eruptions can vary from predictable lava flows to cataclysmic explosive events. Recent estimates suggest over 500 million people live within range of active volcanoes, and several major cities are potentially at risk. This talk looked at different types of volcanic eruptions using examples from around the world, including Iceland, Hawaii, Japan, Montserrat and Etna, and some of the ways in which eruptions can be managed to reduce impacts on people and property. 23 members attended online.
See our News Archive for previous entries.
Regular meetings will resume and be held online on the second Monday of each month, until it is safe to return to a live venue. See events page for full listing.
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.
(see our Constitution).
The Club has links with other organisations including the University of Exeter where it presents the Flux Award, in memory of our founder Robert W. Flux FIEE, to the student making the best oral presentation of a project.
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 and to contact the club secretary please use the
Contact page. For an email membership form please use the
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.
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