About SOE

Charitable aims

SOE is dedicated to the advancement of Operations Engineering through education, training, study and research, with an emphasis on promoting best practice and compliance.

Professional sectors

Through its Professional Sectors, IRTE, IPlantE and BES, SOE directly supports the development of engineering professionals in road transport, plant and engineer surveying.

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IRTEInstitute of Road Transport Engineers
IPlantEInstitution of Plant Engineers
BESBureau of Engineer Surveyors


Details of SOE’s Trustee Board elected from within the Society’s membership can be found here.


SOE was formed in 2000 by the merger of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) and the Institution of Plant Engineers (IPlantE). The Society's third Professional Sector, the Bureau of Engineer Surveyors (BES), joined in 2004.