The Marine Surveying Academy Ltd (MSA) acquired the Institution of Diagnostic Engineers in January 2022.
The late Dr. Ralph Collacott founded the Institution of Diagnostic Engineers (known as DIAGS) in April 1981.
In recognition of the special knowledge and skills needed for the diagnosis of deterioration of plant and machinery and the development of faults, the Institution of Diagnostic Engineers (DIAGS) was founded to promote the education, training and professional development of such persons. Dr. Collacott recognised the need for an institution to encompass all engineers dealing with diagnostics, fault finding and condition monitoring in all areas of industry, regardless of their academic qualification. Within its first six months, DIAGS had over 400 members and continued to grow over the years, with individuals across many areas of engineering disciplines such as aerospace, marine, automotive and medical joining the organisation.
The principle aim of DIAGS is to be of direct immediate and positive assistance to all who are concerned with the servicing and maintenance of machines and structures, or who have a concern for the well-being and whole-life effectiveness of industrial systems.
It is our belief that the diagnosis of faults, the examination and interpretation of defects, the investigation of malfunctions, the introduction and operation of condition monitoring – and the numerous related activities – involves skills that are not appreciated to the extent they deserve.
Furthermore, we believe that diagnostic skills require knowledge of many disciplines and an understanding of the operating principles of machines, instruments, controls; of strengths and functional capabilities. In particular, skill is needed to compare the behaviour of a machine when ‘in health’ with what it does when in ‘distress’.
DIAGS believes that the work and status of a diagnostic engineer should be recognised as occupying a very high place in industrial society and that they should be appropriately rewarded, recognised and honoured.
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