Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) is located at Jamalpur in the district of Munger, Bihar, on the Patna-Bhagalpur rail route, about 8 kilometres from Munger City. During the era of Mahabharata, Munger was the Capital of Anga Pradesh ruled by Karna. Munger was also the seat of Mir Kasim, Nawab of Bengal, who fought the East Indian Company here. The place had traditional skills of making firearms, and hence selected by the East Indian Railway for one of its earliest Workshops. The location selected was at the foothills of Rajmahal Range (a part of Chhota Nagpur Plateau), which was high enough to survive any threat of floods from the river Ganga, and the hills secured it against any organised attack from an enemy. The location had a tomb of Baba Jamal Saheb, after whom the place was called Jamalpur. Jamalpur Railway Workshop was established on 8th of February 1862.
The Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE), Jamalpur is the Centralised Training Institute of Indian Railways, for the training of officers and supervisors of the Mechanical Engineering Department.
IRIMEE had humble beginnings, when it started in 1905 as a technical school attached to the Jamalpur Workshop. It came into national prominence when it started the training of Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRAs) as Mechanical and Electrical engineers, starting from the year 1927. In 1974, the school was made a Centralised Training Institute (CTI), renamed as Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, and thereafter brought under direct control of Railway Board. It is, therefore, the oldest of all CTIs of Indian Railways.
In 1988, the training of IRSME probationers was centralised under the control of Director, IRIMEE with HQ at Kharagpur, where there was an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) co-ordinating the training with the Director. From 1997, HQ of IRSME Probationers was shifted to Jamalpur.
Training activities at IRIMEE comprise of:
1.Professional courses for serving officers and supervisors of Mechanical Department such as :
a. Mandatory courses for serving officers viz.
o Group B Induction Course of 6 weeks duration for recently promoted Group B officers.
o Directly Recruited Junior Engineers Training of 4 weeks duration
o Directly Recruited CMA supervisors of 8 weeks duration
b. Special courses in relevant topics, such as :
o Course on: Distributed Power Rolling stock, Freight and Wagon Stock, LHB Coaches, Welding Technology and Corrosion, Disaster Management, HHP Locomotives, Train Lighting and Air conditioning, E-office, Workshop Technology, Tender and Contracts, Environment and Housekeeping Management and Courses for Sr Supervisors of M&C cadre.
c. Short duration Interactive Workshops/Seminars such as:
o IRIMEE Webinar Series on selective topics such as Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Application & Scope in IR etc from time to time.
2. Training of IRSME probationers: Training of IRSME probationers during their 78 weeks of probationary period is centrally controlled by IRIMEE. The training activities of IRSME Probationers mainly comprises of :
o Mandatory courses of 1 week duration conducted by IRIMEE : CWIN, CWST, CWMT, EnHM, DFUN, DSAL, DSGM, DTOT, WMGT, MSMP, EMQP, DISM, CADS, MVCM of 18 weeks.
o Training (other than IRIMEE) at NAIR, IRIEEN, IRICEN, IRITM, IRIFM, IRISET, Railway Board & Parliamentary Training for 22 weeks.
o Training at major Railway Organisations like RDSO, BLW, DMW, RCF, ICF, MCF and RWF for 9 weeks.
o Service Specific Training in various repair POH Workshops, Diesel Shed, C&W depots, Coaching Depot, Freight Yard, DEMU/MEMU Shed and Control room for 11 weeks.
o Zonal Training at Head Quarters & Divisions for 10 weeks.
o Other than Railway Units: Audiance with Hon'ble President, Rural Training by IRIMEE, Ethics in Governance at Panchghani, Foreign Training and Training at NITIE/IITs/IIMs for 8 weeks
3. Special courses as per requirement for Non-Railway Organisations and Foreign Railways such as Bangladesh and African Railway.
4. Appreciation Course of 1 week duration for Probationers of Other Departments.