Originally posted by: roybowdler
However in my view we should be very careful not to try to strengthen IEng by "talking down" Technician practice, as this is merely to repeat the wrongs visited on IEng.
This is a good point, I like it.
Incorporated Engineers were at one time termed Technician Engineers. Some felt this undervalued them, as the majority were perhaps closer to Chartered Engineer practice than Technician i.e. they weren't "hands on", they were mainly "managing engineers".
Maybe the issue was with the psychology of the Technicians or else the way society viewed technicians etc. Nowadays society seems to view celebrities as the cream of the crop so maybe we need another change so we can all feel good as engineers. I tend to feel we need to mature a little.
Technicians should have stayed as technicians and been TEng and been happy and proud with that. When I look at the craftsperson who can build a beautiful staircase out of wood I could not care less if they are not CEng, IEng or EngTech, it is their work which I truly respect and admire and pay for. It's their work which is their true value.
Especially since graduate level qualifications became more available, it is common to find degree qualified Technicians and there are Chartered Engineers with an ONC and work-based learning.
Yes and institutions cannot keep changing their status's every time a few people change from one job to another; it's up to the relevant people to re evaluate if the status they hold is correct for them.
I think it is unhelpful to focus on the semantics of trying to differentiate between different types of professional practice. As I have argued in these forums before, once this becomes bound to status, it becomes something of a "zero sum game" where the commodity is in limited supply and it is tempting to "rob Peter to pay Paul".
I think however, semantics are important, as was once said the pen is mightier than the sword (that said I would rather be stabbed by words than a sword
), and those who wish to not focus on them often seek to just move on from past/current mistakes which they made, or else were part of making. Of course this should not be the main focus, it should be balanced, but we must learn from the past so the past mistakes do not become future mistakes. Semantics matter and if they do not then I cannot see the reason for using them.
If we accept that the practice set out in UK-SPEC encompasses the professional engineering community.
True, but the engineer works in society.
Then the challenge set by the report (and from elsewhere) is to boost the value of IEng and Technician registration. The really difficult bit is to achieve this, without a detriment to CEng, which would harm the profession collectively.
But if we go back to an earlier comment where you said they felt undervalued then that would seem to be more about their 'feelings' as opposed to the work they were doing. If for example society suddenly saw IEng as the crème of the crop, then maybe the engineers would feel better. However, I do not think that is going to happen because MSc is higher than BSc and BSc is higher than ONC and so on and that is not going to change. The EC tied it's professional status's to qualifications, that was the mistake and that is what neither the IET or else EC want to admit or correct because it will show they made a pretty big error and were thus not very competent. They did this to try and give the professional status's some of the brand which degrees have, i.e., boost the status by association. If you have a decent degree you do not need to say, for example, it's equivalent to IEng or CEng because the degree already has an internationally recognised brand/value; it's only the other way around where people sometimes say my IEng or CEng is equivalent to a BSc or MSc as is relevant. Generally those with BSc/MSc will not be saying this because they already hold the relevant degree.
Degrees have a hierarchy and therefore by associating the professional status's with degree so you also got the hierarchy association.
We don't need the rest of society to look up to us, but we do value the respect of our peers, in addition to the value our employers place on us.
I actually 'think', but cannot of course speak for him, pmiller wants the value of IEng to be reflected in the terms and conditions and respect he gets in industry, and which is more to do with society, than he simply wants respect from his peers. If it was just a peers thing then surely you could just issue some semantics on a webpage and in the UK Spec etc., which said 'by the way all CEng, IEng and EngTech have the highest respect and regards for each other' and be done with it.
09 March 2014 at
01:44 PM by