How to Become a Chartered Engineer in Hong Kong and be a MHKIE

Posted by Richard Poulter, Construction Recruitment Director, Hong Kong on Friday, June 24, 2022

Becoming a chartered engineer in Hong Kong holds the same prestigious benefits as being a chartered engineer anywhere else in the world. With the Hong Kong construction industry sectors thriving, becoming a Member of The Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (MHKIE) is a great way to prove abilities and competence to the ever-demanding Hong Kong construction job market. So how do you gain HKIE qualifications and become a member?

Becoming an Engineer in Hong Kong

Before embarking on the search for Hong Kong engineering jobs, getting qualified requires some hard work and dedicated learning. Maths, languages and science subjects are important at the secondary education stage, while at the tertiary education stage, engineering subjects and HKIE accredited related programmes should be undertaken. While studying at the higher education level, applying for student membership at the HKIE is the best way to start the chartered engineer journey.

Becoming a MHKIE     

On the HKIE website there is a short list of bullet points on criteria for achieving Member status. The first bullet point has nothing to do with engineering, but a certain level of maturity. The minimum age for becoming a MHKIE is 25. This of course gives time to receive training, gain adequate experience and achieve HKIE qualifications required to apply. If all these measures are met, the last of the bullet points for HKIE qualifications is to have “Successfully completed the Institution's Professional Assessment or the equivalent.”

The HKIE have all the information required on what to do and how to do it, whichever field of engineering a pupil wishes to pursue.  “The HKIE is a multi-disciplinary body responsible for qualifying engineers…into one of the 21 Disciplines” The HKIE make the road to becoming not only an engineer but a chartered engineer as easy as possible. The hard work still needs to come from the engineering student, but the HKIE provides everything else to support that hard work.

Benefits of Becoming a MHKIE

The receiving of HKIE qualifications and becoming a chartered engineer in Hong Kong has many benefits. The difference between engineer and chartered engineer means your construction CV is all the more attractive to employers. There are many Hong Kong engineering jobs but also many engineers, and achieving chartered status gives candidates the edge when applying for those important construction jobs in Hong Kong.

Not only does achieving HKIE qualifications and becoming a chartered engineer give the edge over fellow job candidates, but with chartered recognition also comes a significant increase in salary. MHKIE status is also not only a benefit when in Hong Kong.

“The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers has established close relationship with engineering institutions/authorities throughout the world. It has signed agreements for reciprocal recognition of professional and technologist qualifications with many engineering institutions/authorities.”

With such international recognition, gaining the necessary HKIE qualifications can only be a benefit to any Hong Konger’s (or anyone else’s) engineering career.

For your next engineering role in Hong Kong the Maxim Recruitment Team can help. With many years’ experience of successfully finding Hong Kong engineering jobs for industry professionals, Maxim will find the engineering role that suits you best.    


Richard Poulter
Richard Poulter
Construction Recruitment Director, Hong Kong
Maxim Recruitment

Richard has successfully recruited for the construction industry for the past 13 years following 15 years as a civil engineer and construction project manager. He is based in Hong Kong and responsible for Maxim Recruitment operations in Hong Kong, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.