Engineers understand forward thinking

The European Federation of National Engineering Associations represents engineering in Europe and promotes professional mobility.

If you are anxious about your future career, you are not alone. Current worries are not only about job scope and relevant functional areas, but also the increased uncertainties and opportunities compared to in the past. Perhaps what many engineers wish for is a ‘crystal ball’ to help manage this uncertainty.

A key to helping with these worries is acquiring a deeper understanding of actual business and systematic decision making processes. You have to make some critical ‘bets’ and, to stack the deck in your favour, need to understand business and organisational processes - and so place smarter bets by aligning to these practices.

Most smart companies understand the global challenges that arise and develop scenarios to ‘stack the deck’ by implementing smarter processes, and by working with smarter people. To play smarter means the professional of the future has to have the ability to accelerate their learning process and to respond and adapt in different working environments.

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“Demand for internationally mobile engineers will grow because of the differences in the availability of engineers across national borders”

This may involve enhanced professional mobility and the European Union (EU) is dedicated to removing existing obstacles when changing jobs between Member States, and promoting professional mobility

FEANI (the European Federation of National Engineering Associations) represents the engineering profession in Europe and its purpose, through national engineering organisations, is to help engineers by improving their career development and, in particular, to affirm the professional identity of engineers. This includes promoting excellence in education, acknowledging professional qualifications and encouraging excellence, creativity and innovation. While respecting the diversity of professional interests of engineers, facilitation of their free movement and establishment needs to improve and to be safeguarded.

The demand for internationally mobile engineers will grow because of the differences in the availability of engineers across national borders. The European Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) is designed to remove complicated processes for recognising professional and educational qualifications. FEANI is at the forefront of supporting mobility and does so by assuring the quality of educational and professional qualifications by offering:

  • An INDEX listing the institutions of engineering higher education in European countries represented within FEANI, and their engineering programmes
  • The EUR ING title is delivered by FEANI and is designed as a guarantee of competence for professional engineers. The EUR INGs are listed in the FEANI Register, a database maintained by the Secretariat General in Brussels
  • The Professional Card, developed to facilitate the recognition of professional engineering qualifications. The card, called EngineerING, means that qualifications are reliable, tested and clearly documented by competent bodies

Think forward, stack the deck in your favour, place smarter bets and improve your chances of success. For more information, visit our website at

Jan Willem Proper
FEANI: European Monitoring Committee