I feel I have fallen into a forgotten section of the engineering profession. I cannot remember the last time someone talked about the importance of engineering technicians and the technician route.
I have completed both an ONC and a HNC in civil engineering. Four years ago I qualified as a part 3 commercial diver which allowed me to make underwater inspections. I am currently in the process of qualifying as AMICE. I have built a good engineering knowledge in contracts, surveying and structural design based on my ten years experience. This extends to being able to produce coherent sketches and working drawings.
However, I still find myself being paid considerably less than graduates, even though I teach them how to put together contracts, organise and run surveys and write reports, as well as how to undertake basic structural schemes and design.
Is it not time that experience and the ability to carry out a project was rewarded and respected?
Sean Clark, SClark2399@aol.com