Frequently Asked Questions
Why hire a Consulting Member through COE, as opposed to a direct hire?
Due to the changing nature of the industry, many clients no longer have in-house engineering services, but rather outsource to third-party consultants, often from manpower agencies.
Club of Engineers is not a manpower agency. COE is an association of industry professionals, who have been individually screened and selected for Membership as “subject matter” experts in their corresponding fields, that are selected to add value to COE’s knowledge base and our clients.
By contracting a Consulting Member from COE you not only gain access to a single professional consultant, you also gain access to COE’s considerable knowledge base that comes from its member network.
Through this exclusive member network, Consulting Members are able to provide further support on projects or for individual client needs, truly adding value.
How does COE ensure successful project delivery?
COE’s primary aim is to be involved with our clients in early project definition, to deliver on our business requirements, on time and within budget.
As an association of professionals and subject matter experts, COE is ideally suited to provide efficient, flexible, and safety-conscious teams, with the relevant experience working within client teams to support their projects.
What is COE’s process for project delivery?
From our network of highly skilled and experienced consultants, we mobilise bespoke project teams to meet Client specific needs for each phase of a project, to include Engineering, Project Services, Construction Supervision, Quality Assurance and Quality Control, Health, Safety and Environment.
These project teams are led by an appointed Project Manager who acts as the main interface between COE and our Clients, and ensures that their teams apply valuable lessons learned from previous projects, to enable project success.
Depending on Client needs and project size COE is also able to support Project Managers with Project Directors who provide additional oversight guidance and control on project execution.
How will COE help reduce your project expenditure?
COE members are not employees, which minimises COE overheads as we don’t need to retain staff on a permanent payroll with the relevant corporate burdens this entails. By retaining a member network of independent professionals, instead of retaining a large workforce, this allows COE to pass on the cost benefit to clients without compromising on the expertise, knowledge, professionalism and quality of consultants and our project teams.
Do I need to be an engineer to be a member of Club of Engineers?
No, our extensive membership base represents a broad variety of specialists, entrepreneurs and consultants. If you have experience in COE’s service sectors, hold a National Diploma in the field of Engineering or have project management experience you are encouraged to apply. We are after like-minded people, that want to apply our knowledge and experience to make a difference.
How do I apply to become a Member?
Complete the form on the Contact page and send us a copy of your latest CV. We will set up a call to find out if COE is a good fit for you and understand from yourself why you would like to join and what value you think you can add to COE. If still interested we will share the Member Agreement for you to review, invite you to create your personal profile on our Member Portal, and contact your professionals references and/or member who introduced you. After this is completed we can have a clarification call if required and welcome you to COE by concluding the member agreement!
What do you expect from me as a Member of COE?
We expect active participation from you as a member when it comes to our social events, knowledge sharing, and recommendation of other members and potential projects which can lead to potential work not only for yourself but also for others. We need you to be the eyes and ears of COE to develop new business and help us grow our member base.
What are the benefits of Membership?
Membership at COE focuses on networking, learning and earning. Through COE you will be exposed to other members and the shared learnings and knowledge that comes from building relationships with industry professionals. You will also be able to share project experiences, such that you are not alone in the execution of your assignments. At COE, through our member relations in industry, we look at matching your experience with project opportunities that would interest you for potential assignment. Referring other members and clients may also lead to additional revenue for the cooperative resulting in increased dividend distribution to yourself as a member (see “be an entrepreneur, be an active member” article).
How do I earn commissions from referrals?
A Member is encouraged to refer other Members and Clients to COE. Through such referrals, Members can generate Facilitation Fees for the Cooperative when work is performed by Members they introduced or for Clients they introduced.
The Facilitation Fee equals to 5% of the Member earned revenue from consulting on assignments which is paid on top of the members revenue to the Cooperative.
In theory, if you introduce enough Members and/or Clients to COE, which results in work, you could earn a great dividend. (please read more in the profit distribution regulation and introduction to dividends).
What insurances do I get while on assignment?
Members on assignment have access to comprehensive Group Personal Accident and Illness cover, through COE provider Bellwood Prestbury. This comprehensive benefit, underwritten by Lloyds of London has been selected for its offering of maximum flexibility and coverage. The cover provides up to USD $150,0000 for accidental death, disability, temporary disablement as well as for assignment related travel.
In addition to this, there is an optional Health insurance plan with Cigna negotiated on behalf of the members, which is available at preferential rates for COE members.
Will I get a job through COE?
COE focuses on executing projects on behalf of our clients with the support of our member network of independent professionals. We provide consulting opportunities for a temporary period and only when we have active projects, some projects may require a short part-time scope for a period of one month, while others could last up to a year or longer. We do not offer full time employment, however, we aim to match members with direct employment opportunities with our clients when these become available.
As a Member do I have to pay membership fees?
None at this stage, however, during the 2022 AGM it was voted that we will introduce a symbolic membership fee of 12 Euro per year for all members going forward.
Can a member work in a full-time role and still be a member of COE?
This is certainly possible, and for most Members a common situation. It is important to check with your employer if you are allowed to join COE as a membership organisation. This would include permission to consult outside of your primary working hours. Most companies encourage employees to attain membership of third party organisations and institutions for further professional development and networking.
Am I required to always contract via COE?
All Members are considered independent contractors and independent in how they take on work. Its only where we introduce members to our existing clients for assignments where we would require them to contract via COE. When an existing relationship exists between a member and an existing client before becoming a member, the choice is up to the member whether to continue contracting directly or via COE.
Does COE facilitate contract work in countries other than South Africa, the Netherlands and Mozambique?
Yes we do. However at present sue to our structure such execution would need to be contracted via our Netherlands registered entity. Should Clients in other regions require local presence we would need to look at the project size and strategic opportunity to potentially setup a branch, subsidiary or local partnership.
What is an Advisory Member?
Members that we regard as subject matter experts may on a case by case basis be invited by COE to become Advisory Members.
This category of membership is intended for members who enjoy mentoring other members and serving as COE’s specialists in their fields, providing adhoc support and advice.
COE expects a certain level of participation and involvement from its Advisory Members, which is rewarded through additional profit distribution from the Cooperative of 10% – equally shared among the Advisory Members on top of any other commissions earned (see: profit distribution regulation).