About ESME

Background The Ethiopian Society of Mechanical Engineers (ESME) was initiated at the founding conference held on April 7 and 8, 1995 at Akaki Spare Parts and Hand Tools S. Co. The Ethiopian Society of Mechanical Engineers (ESME) is a non-governmental and non-profit, professional association. Its members are professional and qualified mechanical engineers and other individuals who work in the areas of mechanical engineering and allied professions. ESME was registered on August 1995 with the Ministry of Justice and recently with the Charities and Societies Agency (CSA) fulfilling the requirements thereof. As of May, 2014 it has 273 active individual members and 41 institutional members. Members of the Society enjoy a number of privileges among which are the following: Participation in the different activities of the Society thereby expanding their professional horizon; Right to elect the Society’s officers and be elected as an officer. Have the opportunity to publish technical papers in the Society’s bulletins and journals and/or present the same at the Society’s conferences, workshops, etc Benefit from the Societies’ activities such as: workshops, seminars, conferences, panel discussions, technical trainings, study tours, periodic publications, etc. Practice the profession by getting involved in the professional services delivered by ESME. Be governed by the Codes of Ethics of the Society and get professional recognition by employers, certifiers, etc. ESME’s organizational structure includes a General Assembly, a Board of Directors, an Executive Committee and a full time Secretariat. The General Assembly has full authority over the Society, while the Board of Directors, elected every two years, is delegated by the General Assembly to oversee the activities of the Society and decide on issues that do not require the intervention of the General Assembly. Executive Committee members are also elected every two years and are responsible for the management of the day to day activities of the Society, supported by a full time Secretariat, consisting of an office manager & two support staffs as well as the five Councils expected to actively participate in the execution of the Society’s objectives. The Society is organised as shown below. ESME’s sources of finance are annual membership fees and occasional financial supports given by its institutional members and donors (the industrial sector, oil, motor and aviation & marine companies etc). Institutional members also support ESME by advertising on its annual journals or by sponsoring events such as workshops, trips or trainings organized by ESME. Activities To date The main achievements of the Society since its establishment are as summarized below: The Ethiopian Society of Mechanical Engineers (ESME) represented by its Engineering Council, is a member of the Technical Committee of the Ethiopian Quality and Standards Authority (EQSA). It provides technical support and plays an important role in the standardization of domestic products as well as in the assessment of imported engineering goods. ESME has provided professional services to industries in the form of inspection of imported equipment & plants (technically assess that the delivered machinery and equipment meet the agreed specifications and are brand new), equipment maintenance. Such services include: inspection of operational plants and equipment like boilers. ESME has participated in arbitrations of contractual disputes related to mechanical engineering works and has been able to resolve the disputes between the parties. ESME was also represented by its members in the review discussion held on the draft Ethiopian Building Code. The Society has performed a study which enabled its members and other mechanical engineers acquire certification and license. ESME has been instrumental in the formation of Nigat Mechanical Engineering S. Co., established in 2004 (with an initial capital of Birr 1.04 million) by members who had been inspired by the paper presented at ESME’s 7th Annual Conference. Nigat managed to purchase the ailing hand tools manufacturing plant, Kotebe Metal Tools Factory, from the Privatization and Public Enterprises Supervising Agency (PPESA) in October 2005. Nigat is a success story in that it has now converted KMTF into a profitable venture and, its registered capital has grown 20 fold, over 85% of which is fully paid up and has now over 140 share holders. ESME has published 18 Annual Journals and over 64 quarterly newsletters since its establishment. It has also launched workshops on various topics of national and professional interest and participated in a number of workshops and conferences organized by different organs. It has undertaken the design of a 30 MT Edible Oil Refinery Machinery & Equipments. It has conducted, through its Training and Outreach Council, a number of trainings for industries and its members. ESME has also organized a number of visits and educational tours to industries, institutions and different project sites of interest to its members. Such visits have contributed to the widening of members’ outlook through exposure to different systems, technologies, etc. ESME has awarded prizes to graduating mechanical engineering students whose projects have been selected from among local universities. The aim of the award is to encourage innovation and the undertaking of projects that can alleviate/solve problems faced by the country. ESME is a member of the International Congress of Mechanical Engineers (ICOMES), courtesy of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). A few of ESME’s Chairmen/Presidents have attended some of the conferences ESME was a founding member and chairman of the Joint Engineering Professional Association Secretariat (JEAPAS) who unfortunately could not take legal form. However, Ethiopian Professional Associations of Engineering, to which ESME is a founding member, have recently formed a Consortium (CEEPA) which has been registered as per the new Charities and Societies Proclamation. VISION, MISSION, PURPOSE AND VALUES VISION ESME’s vision is: “To become a center of excellence by meeting stakeholders’ technical and technological needs in the field of Mechanical Engineering” MISSION ESME’s mission is to: Promote engineering profession and enhance technology to advance the professional interest of its members and to answer the technical and technological needs of the country; Broaden the usefulness of the profession of Mechanical Engineering in the country in general; Contribute to the industrial development and to the mechanization effort of the country; Facilitate the exchange of technical and technological information and ideas pertaining to the professional interest of its members; Encourage research and development as well as transfer of technology on matters related to the science and profession of Mechanical engineering and allied technologies; Cooperate with educational institutions, public authorities and concerned organs and like minded professional associations at national and international levels for fostering the technical education of the country and the practice of mechanical engineering profession; Assist and participate in the advancement of mechanical engineering standards; participate in their dissemination and facilitate their enforcement; Promote and as conditions permit , enforce a high level of ethical practice CORE OPERATING VALUES Professional excellence and team-work are the two core values of ESME