Engineers: Become A TV Star
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be parachuted in and start engineering solutions; then you are who the ICE are looking for.
Every now and again I get my ego stroked by someone who thinks my blog is important enough to be a credible news outlet for their latest promotion; it’s touching, and just one of many reasons why more Civil Engineers should start blogging. This time, it is the ICE; who are evidently looking to top the success of that amazing video with a new TV series that puts engineers at its very heart.
The premise is an exciting one- each episode will place an engineer somewhere around the world where there is there a desperate need for the work we do. The series will follow them around as they meet the affected community, understand the situation and engineer a solution; the research, the funding, the challenges and the implementation. It’ll all be there; engineers making the world a better place, for all to see.
It’s an exciting prospect; the world is full of TV shows showcasing other career options- the endless cop shows, airport lounge docu-dramas, animal hospital. Engineering is starting to make its début with some fantastic documentaries showcasing the difference we make to the world- but so far there has been very little focus on what it’s like to be a civil engineer.
The ICE is also looking for experienced engineers to act as consultants; providing technical support to those in the limelight.
So if you think you’ve got what it takes to be parachuted (not literally, I assume) in and start building infrastructure for refugee camps, getting clean water for dying communities or WiFi to a rural village (for example); then you are who the ICE are looking for. It’s a unique opportunity, not only for experience of delivering real engineering solutions under those conditions; but also to make a real contribution to the flagging image of engineering by giving the profession a human face.
Don’t worry though- you don’t have to be the star; we all know that engineering is a team game, and the ICE is also looking for experienced engineers to act as consultants; providing technical support to those in the limelight. Members from Fellows to Students are all welcome; all you need to a lot of enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new; no previous experience required!