Originally posted by: myluckykk
With due respect, aren't they technician?
That is correct. However I believe the IET and EC have made a mistake with EngTech and ICTTech.
The use of the word technician in a job description, certainly in the case of ICT staff, is a thing of the past. They were called Technicians at a time when their roles involved constructing various hardware (i.e building PCs, installing various networking modules to create an infrastructure and making data cables to specification) and of course servicing them.
Today everything is brought of the shelf and the role involves setting up computer and networking machines and configuring them with some documentation work in the form of printed sheets and web pages for users. Any hardware that breaks down is now returned to company for replacement. They are also increasing involved in monitoring data traffic with emphasis to preventing security breaches and producing statistics.
So the role has moved on from Technician level work to being Analysts.
What the IET and EC should do is group the EngTech and ICTTech into one title that fits all and call it EngTech
for Engineering Technologists
. Nowadays, Techncian is more suited to Laboratory type roles.
Something similar could be created at IEng level where Incorporated Engineers and Incorporated Technologists (does not exist yet) could be grouped into one unified qualification called Chartered Engineering Technologists (CET)
. There are those who may object to the CET title. Well the IET refer to their Chartered Electrical Engineers as CEE. If it's good enough for them, then why not for CET? or would people prefer CETech or CEngTech?
The end products would be EngTech
(for Biologists and Medical staff involved in work acceptable to the IET as well as ICT staff. All to MSc level) and CEng
. This will ensure that qualifications cover every aspects of engineering & technology, and remain credible. The IET could replace or integrate the CITP into the CET qualification.
What do members think?
21 October 2010 at
12:04 PM by