The Society, through its specific professional engineering sectors, promotes safe, efficient, sustainable and ethical engineering operations to the benefit of society.


A united organisation of engineering disciplines that is the preferred professional body and recognised authority for those engaged in engineering operations, in particular road transport, plant, engineer surveying and environmental engineering.


The Society of Operations Engineers serves 16,000 qualified professionals in over 40 countries worldwide. Our members inspect, maintain, and manage the machinery and equipment which keeps society functioning; it could be an escalator in a shopping centre, a modern biomass plant generating renewable energy for homes, or the HGV and bus fleets which keep economies and people moving. The safe and sustainable operation of all these essential functions fall under the remit of professional operations engineers.

As one of 35 Professional Engineering Institutions (PEI) in the UK, SOE has the responsibility to support individuals and organisations to operate in safe working environments, using modern practices, in a technically proficient way. We are licensed by both Engineering Council and Society for the Environment and use our remit from them to improve the careers of our members and the wider engineering community.