oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Professionalism ?



Professionalism is a dreadful word, but I cannot find a better. The trouble is that not only is it clumsy, but it conveys no clear meaning; perhaps it never did. Yet it represents something that I believe to be important; the principles it stands for were part of the reason I, and doubtless many others, chose the job I did as a professional civil engineer. Some argue that 'professionalism' is not the thing that matters; competence is the issue, they say. But competence generally means having the ability to do something well, and makes no allusion to the nature of what is done - its value or its purpose or the motive for doing it.


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