Engineers Australia Sydney Division currently serves over 22,000 members, in metropolitan and regional New South Wales. Sydney Division has over 40 Technical, Special Interest and Regional Groups. From the Engineering Excellence Awards to Australian Engineering Week, Sydney Division conducts numerous annual events that allow engineering professionals an opportunity to publicly demonstrate and celebrate their skills and achievements, whilst also encouraging young students to consider the profession.
I had an experience which rocked me to the core about the condition of Australian manufacturing capability. To set the background I was doing an inspection of a large Civil Engineering materials testing laboratory and was being escorted through the maze by the laboratory manager.
As we journeyed through the labyrinth of presses, crushing machines and implements of destruction we got into a discussion about our respective careers and to my surprise he revealed that it had been 30 years since his graduation from his first degree and while he had only commenced this job as manager of the laboratory about three months ago he had never worked either in Civil Engineering or had even worked in any laboratory before.
While that in itself is not surprising (there are numerous alternate paths for this career), the next revelation was the shocker: he had a bachelors degree and masters degree in manufacturing engineering, had worked in Australia for thirty years in the field of manufacturing and then he said “And so you may ask: why I’m now supervising a Civil Engineering materials laboratory?”
If you have any comments or feedback please send them to Sydney Division office by mail (PO Box 1389, Chatswood NSW 2065) or by email to: SydneyPresident@engineersaustralia.org.au.
Please note that my views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Engineers Australia Sydney Division, or the Division Committee.
John Nichols BE(Civil) CPEng FIEAust
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