I have been taken aback by the support for the petition regarding the protection of the title 'engineer' on the 10 Downing Street website (NCE 22 February).
Have these people never seen inside an engineering works, full of skilled engineers engaged in various engineering processes, such as casting, welding, boring, machining, tool making and heat treatment?
Not to mention all those employed in the various branches of engineering who may not be 'chartered', but have their own qualications and know how things are actually created in a workshop.
In my book the skilled craftsman has as much a right (or more) to own the term 'engineer' as anyone. In any case, have any of those who signed the petition considered the origin of the word 'engineer'?
John Clark, jclark91@btinternet. com