Principal Specialist Engineer - Geotechnical
I have not worked in the UK for the best part of 30 years but from the time I graduated to the time I left (1974 to 1989) the quality of design drawings was assured by having experienced drafters with ONC or HNC qualifications. What has happened to them? In the main engineers alone have never been capable of producing good drawings.
Being a Singapore Registered Professional Geotechnical Engineer (PE(Geo)) has raised my profile and is keeping me in employment beyond the normal age of retirement but it is not tackling the problem of not having competent drafters.
Check out Professional Engineers Board Singapore electronic collection of CPU (CPD points) data from 100% of engineers annually. Note that training attendance records are collected on the spot by a bar-coded ID and transferred by the training organizer to the PEB for later verification of PE submitted records.
Also consider allowing carry over of CPD points for a few years after completion of a mid-career Masters Degree or similar, e.g. 40, 30, 20, 10, 5 point credits in successive years.
Comment on: Huhne outlines UK's nuclear plan
When the costs of renewable energy are said to be high it must be asked where do those costs come from? The majority of all costs can be traced back to energy and thus if the costs are high there is a strong implication that fossil fuels lurk somewhere in the cost chain.
It is my belief that the solution to our carbon problem must be cheap. Any other solution is a delusion.
Comment on: Corporate manslaughter firm fined £385,000
Justice Field's message is clear - the industry must charge rates at which the job can be done safely. We cannot continue to undercut each other and sacrifice lives. This also be applies to providing technical competance.