THE ENGINEER

Growing up, it was a thing of great joy to be an Engineer. It was a thing , even of greater joy to be addressed as an ‘Engineer’. So important was it that; if you called an Engineer by their name without attaching the appellation, it was deemed, not only to be disrespectful, but also as an attempt to sabotage the person’s honour and demean the person’s real worth.

An Engineer is a person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or structures.

Today, on what Pedestal do we place the Engineers in our society?

Is it because there is a Super-abundance of information on how to get things fixed ourselves; the multiplicity of D.I.Y. techniques, that the Engineers have been relegated to the background?

Is it because there is a Super-abundance of ‘technical workers’ who served as apprentices to the ‘Engineers of the olden times’ and who have passed on their knowledge to others that the ‘Engineers of our time’ have been relegated to the background?

Is it because systems are now made to last, that we don’t really need the Engineers as often as we needed them in time past?

What are the Engineering Societies around the world doing about this? especially in Nigeria? What are they doing to preserve the “Engineering Ecosystem“?

What is being done to restore the ‘lost glory’ of the Engineering profession?

There are many civil engineers today teaching in schools, there are many Petroleum Engineers working in banks (my Immediate Younger sister is one), there are many Electrical engineers who cannot even fix an ordinary wall socket, talk more of wiring a whole house.

How do we resolve this?

Where do we go from here?

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