The subsea engineering company has just had its professional development scheme for engineers accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMecheE). This follows re-accreditation from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in 2006.
MCS, which employs 35 young engineers, developed a professional development program to ensure that those engineers are equipped with strong engineering know-how, analytical skills, sound reporting and the capability for technical problem solving.
MCS Director Tim O'Sullivan explains: "This latest accreditation underlines our commitment to providing the highest possible standards in professional development. We are delighted to have satisfied the very strict criteria of both IMechE and IMarEST and very pleased that our development program provides the quality and range of training and experience that our engineers require in order to achieve Chartered status.
"It represents a substantial investment as well as a significant achievement for a company of our size but we are confident that the program produces outstanding engineers who have the engineering expertise to deliver effective subsea solutions."
MCS' professional development scheme for engineers involves a comprehensive induction, performance appraisal, personal development plans and coaching and mentoring from experienced engineers. The graduate part of the scheme focuses on providing hands-on experience within project teams. Careful planning and project allocation by MCS ensures that participants are offered a range of experience and challenges within operational constraints.
The key areas in which engineers have to prove a certain level of professional competence are: knowledge and understanding; application to practice; leadership, management and supervision; communication and interpersonal skills; and professional conduct.
Reinforcing MCS' success in this area is the award by national industry body, Subsea UK, to one of its engineers. MCS engineer Liam Macintyre picked up the subsea young person of the year at Subsea 07 earlier this month. Recently promoted to project engineer from graduate status, Macintyre demonstrated ability to deliver on challenging integrity management projects and from a commercial perspective, he identified areas for MCS to enhance and expand its scope of work for clients.
MCS provides engineering and riser services ranging from conceptual and front end to detailed design and verification in floating production steel catenary risers, flexible riser and flowline systems, top tensioned risers, tanker loading systems, drilling risers and mooring systems. With 150 staff and plans to double in size in the next three years, MCS has offices in Aberdeen; Galway, Houston, Paris, Perth and Rio de Janeiro.
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