Technical and Social Events

Our social and fund-raising activities are managed through Teesside Instrument Engineers, organising an Annual Dinner & Reunion, Annual Exhibition, Quiz Clay Pigeon Shoot, and occasional Golf, the profits from which support our educational programme through sponsoring student subscriptions, technical lectures & external visits. 
Unless Indicated differently, lectures will take place in Room HO.53 Centuria Building, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BX.
Car parking 
– Please use the Clarendon Carpark P14, assessible from Linthorpe Road, on the downloadable maps. Alternatively, we shall endeavour to have the barrier on the Centuria Carpark P13 opened for the meetings.

About Us


It is believed that a meeting was convened in the Vane Arms on Stockton High Street in 1947 and this is attributed as the start of the Teesside Section. It is fitting that a pub should feature in the formative years as there is a strong social element to our activities.

Our first public lecture was by Sir George Paget Thompson, Institute President from 1944-48, Nobel Laureate in Physics, recognised for his discovery of the wave properties of the electron.

A number of the original committee were ICI employees, who went on to become Chairmen of the Teesside Section in the early days such as, Dr W. Jasper Clark (our first Chairman), Mr D. G. Underwood, Mr Charles Gregory and Mr Vic H. Brown, who was Head of the Instrument Service Station at ICI Wilton.

A number of our members have served as President, including David Bishop,  Prof Jim Anderson & Colin Howard. David Bishop played a prominent role in obtaining our Royal Charter and establishing the Institute in the international list of Professional Engineering Institutions. Colin Howard is the current Honorary Treasurer.

Jasper Clark was one of the pioneers of the science of flow measurement that eventually resulted in the standard for measuring flow in closed conduits, BS1042. He developed a slide rule for calculating flow measurement orifice diameters that was widely used until the advent of computer programmes.

Teesside Section has also been pioneering in creating the Instrument Engineers Handbook – a trade directory published by Malcolm McLeod and John Hemy that went on to become a national publication. We also upgraded the website to a Content Management System and maintained it for many years, through the good offices of Geoff Jones.

News

Our next Annual Dinner & Reunion will be on Thursday 8th March 2018 at the Jurys Inn, Middlesbrough.

Our next Annual Exhibition is to be held on Wednesday 14th. November 2018, at the STEM Centre, Middlesbrough College, Dock Street, Middlesbrough, TS2 1AD . Last year we had to reorganise at the last minute, due to closure of our usual venue. This year will be bigger and better, with improved car parking, and possible extended opening hours. Last year's exhibition is reported here (opens a new page).

Please check our Events webpages for changes to our technical lecture programme. The lecture theatre locations have changed for some meetings. Car parking has also changed, there no longer being access from Woodlands Road.

All technical visits must be booked with the event organiser.

Educational Activities

We support our educational programme through sponsoring Teesside student subscriptions attending relevant courses at Teesside University and Technical Colleges in the area.

As a member of the Cleveland Scientific Institution, we support school pupils in educational activities, jointly with other Professional Institutes/Institutions on the Tees Valley area. Through this organisation, and independently, we sponsored the Bring It On North East Exhibition for Future Engineers at Sunderland Stadium of Light, attended by around 2400 pupils and 50 companies.

 

Hartlepool College – Celebration of Achievement 2017

The winner this year of the Teesside Instrument Engineers’ Best Student Award is Mr Tom Price. Tom’s application throughout his two years of studying HNC Instrumentation and Control Engineering at the College has been excellent. He’s successfully balanced working as a service engineer at Metso UK Limited in Seaham with his college work to achieve Distinctions in seven modules. The lecturing team at the College commend Tom on his application and motivation in lectures and the quality of assessment work he submitted. Of particular note is his engineering project where he was keen to apply his knowledge of instrumentation to solve a real engineering problem - development of a valve seat removal tool, which is now being used to reduce valve service time and so save time and money for Metso and its customers. Tom is pictured receiving his award from Mr David Otterson representing Teesside Instrument Engineers.

Past Events

Hitachi Rail at Newton Aycliffe visit

Group photo of some of the Teesside members and guests  after completing a guided tour of Hitachi Rail at Newton Aycliffe, on 22 February 2018.

 

InstMC Teesside Section members and their guests had a very pleasant experience with some of the party missing out on the group photo as they were too engrossed in the Trains and the power sources. From the smiles on the faces it proves the visit was enjoyed by all.

 


 

Teesside Section on Target – Some of the Time

The photo shows members of the Teesside Section and their guests after an enjoyable evening shooting clays. On a long warm June evening, two days after the summer solstice, we enjoyed good company, good food and a varied set of challenges in the shooting.

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2015 Annual Dinner & Reunion

Teesside Instrument Engineers Support MRI Scanner Appeal

The Annual Dinner & Reunion of the Teesside Section has been hailed as "one of the best ever". Mr Norman Harrison, completing his final year in post spoke of the achievements of the Section over the previous year, a sentiment echoed by the principal speaker Dr Graeme Philp, Hon Secretary Elect of the InstMC and CEO of Gambica, the Instrumentation, Control and Automation trade association. 

 Dr Philp spoke at length of the fundamental changes which have recently occurred in respect of the Institute's governance and what this means to the membership at large. He also spoke of major government initiatives in support of the engineering profession, this being a key plank in the repatriation of manufacturing to the UK.

The real entertainment was provided by comedian Lea Roberts an ex Halifax rugby player. Lea provided us with non-stop mirth of the best kind.

The evening concluded with a prize draw in aid of upgrading MRI scanners at the South Cleveland Hospital. Pictured with Mr Norman Harrison (Right) is the Chair of the appeal fund, Dr Adrian Davies following an announcement that the amount raised was £1835, a sum which will be matched from the Section's charitable fund.
Other pictures show VIP guests enjoying pre-dinner refreshments and diners enjoying Lea Roberts' jokes. View them HERE.

 

 

Committee Members

Committee Members

Chairman: John Noon

Honorary Secretary: Mike Vowell

Membership Promotion: David Otterson

Dinner Secretary: please contact John Noon

Exhibition Secretary: Ian Tyzack

Programme Secretary Colin Mather