Society of Operations Engineers

SOE is the professional home for around 16,000 members working to inspect, maintain and manage the equipment and machinery which keeps people and businesses safe on a daily basis. We are a Professional Engineering Institution and registered charity, and our members work to implement smarter ways of working, improve maintenance and inspection processes, and embed environmentally friendly and sustainable engineering practice. SOE actively champions the next generation of engineers, and is passionate about making a global difference to the world around us.

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Supporting careers

Diverse sectors linked by engineering excellence

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Raising standards

Working in partnership to create industry standards

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Strategic objectives

Charting the global future of operations engineering

Our sectors

Consisting of five professional sectors in particular technical specialisms.


Why join SOE?

Whether you are looking for professional registration to boost your career, comprehensive CPD support, or tailored knowledge and events, SOE membership offers the benefits you would expect from a Professional Engineering Institution.

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CPD and Networking
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Knowledge and Skills
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A range of benefits
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Professional Registration

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Career Development

Whether you are an apprentice in your first HGV maintenance role, or a senior engineer responsible for the complex connected plant in an industry 4.0 ready factory, SOE supports career progression for as far as you want to go. We offer a CPD library, industry leading publications, mentoring, and a range of professional qualifications - with content relevant to all members as they continue their career journey.

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Careers Advice For Engineers

Meeting modern CPD needs of engineers and employers

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Become professionally registered

The global benchmark of recognition for engineering professionals

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Technical guides for members

SOE produces a range of technical guides to support our members and industry in their roles. These guides are free to all SOE members, or can be purchased on request.

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