Profile of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GIE).
Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) was officially founded in 1968 to succeed the Ghana Group of Professional Engineers, as an autonomous professional body with no political affiliation. The late Ing. Dr. E. Sackey became the first President of the Ghana Institution of Engineering.
To develop, promote and sustain sound and competent engineering practice in Ghana comparable to global standards.
To build and develop a strong world-class professional body by promoting integrity, accountability, and excellence in the practice of engineering in Ghana.
The GhIE is the professional body that is responsible for certifying engineering practitioners (Professional Engineers, Professional Engineering Technologists, Engineering Technicians, and Engineering Craftsmen) in Ghana. The GhIE derives its authority from the Professional Bodies Decree NRCD 143, 1973 and the Engineering Council Act, 2011 (Act 819).
- To establish and maintain a register of Engineering Practitioners certified to practice in Ghana
- To ensure that members of the Ghana Institution of Engineering maintain professional standards, adhere to regulations, guidelines, and codes of ethics of engineering practice.
- To ensure that engineering practice in the country conforms to established technical, environmental, and safety standards.
The headquarters of the GhIE was initially housed in the premises of Water Resources Research Institute. The vision to own a building befitting the status of the GhIE was realized in 1997, when the GhIE became one of the first professional bodies in Ghana to move into its own building at No.13 Continental Road, Roman Ridge, Accra.
With its secretariat in place, the GhIE expanded its career development in all fields of Engineering, Management, and Education by organizing workshops, seminars, short courses, and as a facilitator in research work for its members and the general public.
The GhIE Logo is formed by a perfect circle with a spur gear at the centre that is surrounded by a spider’s web. The spur gear is considered a recognizable symbol of engineering whilst the spider’s web, which is so slim and wonderfully woven to perform a function, expresses ingenuity and strength, both attributes required in engineering to solve problems of mankind. The GhIE logo also symbolizes the unity of all the disciplines of engineering viz Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Agricultural, Marine, Mining, Computer, Biomedical, etc. The Logo remains relevant in this era of the world wide web which has transformed the practice of engineering.
The GhIE believes that engineering should be the backbone of the economic development and progress of our country and that a nation cannot be transformed without a strong indigenous engineering sector. GhIE is up to its responsibilities to Ghana, recognizing that most development problems are essentially engineering related.
GhIE plays a major role to ensure that the standards regulations and guidelines governing engineering practice are strictly enforced and that the institution will not hesitate to investigate cases of unethical behavior and penalize members found to have gone contrary to the GhIE’s code of ethics. GhIE will collaborate with the government to address institutional weaknesses inherent in the engineering sector.
In 1999, Women in Engineering (WINE) were grouped into a unit and charged with the responsibility among other things, of spearheading the crusade to encourage young women to consider engineering as an option. To date, WINE has performed this job creditably. Presently, there are over 10,000 members on our roll. This includes 139 Fellows, Members, Associates, Graduate Members, Affiliates, and Technicians.