oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Image and status



The nation (Britain) still remembers with pride the names of the great engineers of the first industrial revolution and still admires their daring achievements - Boulton and Watt and the steam engine, the Stephensons and Brunei and our railway system, Telford and his canals and bridges. Yet how many members of the public, whether schoolchildren or adults, could name leading engineers of today? Given the absence of such 'icons' to stamp the profession on public awareness, we can hardly be surprised that, according to a survey carried out by Electronics Weekly, engineers are rated far lower in importance than doctors or teachers, and on a par with accountants. A survey in 1989 among schoolchildren aged seven to 17 by the then Department of Education and Science revealed that their main impression of engineering was of a dirty and greasy job mending machines. Asked to draw a picture of an engineer, almost all drew a garage mechanic.


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