National Engineers Day
This week I’ve decided to forgo my natural cynicism and try and help out Mr Glen Cooper. He’s gone to the Government to ask for a day to be set aside every year to celebrate, and raise awareness of, the work engineers do- a UK National Engineers Day, if you will.
For many, I suspect, it will be persuasion enough that architects get a day of their own; however it’s pretty damming that Civil Engineers are also losing out to copyright lawyers,.
The e-petition is somewhat poorly represented at the moment. However, I figure I know enough people to be able to double the number of signatures without working too hard…
Go on, do it now. The rest of my ramblings will still be here when you get back.
National Engineers Day
A quick bit of research shows us the professions that already have their own awareness days include: pirates, the armed forces, archaeologist, apprentices, the coast guard, mathematicians, and teachers. For many, I suspect, it will be persuasion enough that architects get a day of their own; however it’s pretty damming that Civil Engineers are also losing out to copyright lawyers.
It’s considered that one of the biggest contributing factors to the declining number of Civil Engineering students is the lack of awareness for the profession. My own experience talking in schools has reinforced this sentiment; spending more time explaining what I do than why I do it. It’s easy, therefore, to see how such a day could make a difference.
The aim of a National Engineers Day in the UK would be to help trick/inspire a new generation of students into becoming engineers (not necessarily Civil). Although I personally would like to see parades and showers of gifts, it is conceivable that the day would encourage engineering based lesson plans, and maybe even a slot on the BBC about Brunel himself (although anyone who’s been reading my blog from the very beginning already knows everything there is to know about him.).
The notion of awareness days (and weeks) does, however, promote a touch of cynicism for me, and it’s hard to imagine that events like these will really result in a world where I don’t meet polite incomprehension when I tell people I’m a Civil Engineer. A view best expressed by a namesake, and American maths lecturer, who I will leave to close the post.
(And if you haven’t already: Sign It Now. – It’s got to be worth a try.)