Captain Mark Seymour guided by Engineering Council
10th Apr 2017
For Captain Mark Seymour REME MSOE MIRTE, it was a matter of standing out from the crowd. How, he asked, would he be able to keep one step ahead, not only of fellow officers, but of civilian counterparts too?
As Mark reflects on the crucial role of the Engineering Council - and his registration to it – the Late Entry (LE) Army Officer within the Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers talks with pride of his assignments and qualifications gained.
“I needed to show that I had developed other skills within engineering, so in 2012 I decided to gain membership of the SOE, as I felt it was more relevant to my trade background. I joined as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with membership of the IRTE gained shortly afterwards,” he says.
So, how has it helped him progress and keep him marked out from the competition?
“In 2015 I applied to be commissioned as a Late Entry Officer in REME. The acknowledgment that I was professionally registered appeared on each report as I was went through the process. With the MOD now refunding membership fees annually, it demonstrates just how valuable being a professionally recognised engineer is,” says Mark.
As Mark, when asked, reels off his list of qualifications (BEng, MSc in systems engineering, graduate from City and Guilds Institute) it becomes clear that the determination to move forward professionally has not subsided. Part of this, Mark says, is down to his commitment to Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
“It’s an absolute must,” says Mark. “Professional development is a big thing for me and I think anyone who doesn’t do it is missing out. No one said that professional development is something that has to be done yesterday – it’s continuous. Putting it simply, you need to make time for it and you need the motivation to complete what you start.”
In an environment where engineering skills are in short supply, Mark is convinced of CPD’s worth, especially considering the advancements in technology.
“You need to understand concepts and consider how the technology is employed. If you’re not learning on a consistent basis, I don’t think this can be done,” he says.
When focusing on continuous improvement within military maintenance organisations, he identified an opportunity to implement an Error Management System within Corps policy, driving a safer and ‘just culture’ across all repair organisations within the land engineering environment. Mark recently volunteered to become a member of the SOE Military committee. The idea was sold to him as an opportunity to help REME tradesmen gain the recognition they deserve and allow them to keep pace with their civilian counterparts.
As the newly appointed Projects’ Officer, he is now in a position to help REME tradesmen (and others within the three Services) obtain more from the affiliation between the SOE and military than ever before.
“We are doing a lot but we can always do more. Thankfully I’m now in a position to provide advice and I just want to give people the right tools to progress,” said Mark.
As a role model and SOE Military Committee member, Mark is now striving to help others stand out from the crowd.