Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (IRIMEE) is located at Jamalpur in Munger district of Bihar, on the Patna-Bhagalpur rail route, about 8 kilometres from Munger town. 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 Ganga, and the hills secured it against any organised attack from an army. The location had a tomb of Baba Jamal Saheb, after whom the place was called Jamalpur. Jamalpur Workshop was established on 8th of February 1862.
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 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 brought under direct control of Railway Board. It is, therefore, the oldest of the CTIs.
In 1988, the training of IRSME probationers was centralised under the control of Director, IRIMEE but 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:
Professional courses for serving officers and supervisors of Mechanical Department such as :
Mandatory courses for serving officers viz.
Senior Professional Development Programme of 3 weeks duration for IRSME Officers with 8-12 years of service.
Refresher course of 2 weeks duration for IRSME Officers with 1-3 years of service.
Integrated course of 10 weeks duration for recently promoted group B officers.
Special courses in relevant topics, such as :
Accident management course, Breakdown cranes, New technologies, Diesel loco reliability, Diesel refresher courses etc.
Short duration Interactive workshops/Seminars such as:
Seminar on Information Technology, Incentive scheme, GM loco manufacture and ALCO loco modifications, Maintenance of Wheels and Roller bearings etc.
Training of IRSME probationers and Introductory courses of one week duration for probationers of other Departments.
Training of IRSME probationers during their 1.5 years of probationary period is centrally controlled by IRIMEE. Their training mainly comprises of
Institutional training at NAIR, IRIMEE, IRIEEN, IRICEN and IRISET for about 40 weeks.
Training at major Railway organisations like RDSO, DLW, DMW, RCF, ICF and RWF for about 14 weeks.
Training in various repair workshops for 8 weeks.
Training in various divisional units like Diesel sheds, C&W depots, Control room etc. 16 weeks.
Theoretical and practical training of Special Class Apprentices.
Technical Training of directly recruited Senior Supervisors of Mechanical & M&C Cadre of Indian Railways.
Special courses as per requirement for Non-Railway Organisations and Foreign Railways.