Jackie Whitelaw is right that we must promote a more accessible public profile, but although watching people use big machines is fascinating, I can't see this making more school leavers buy new wellies.
Site-based work is stimulating for the committed trainee engineer, but its relentless nature makes what some would call a conventional lifestyle very difficult.
This is reflected in Diarmaid Fleming's article in NCE a couple of pages later. Civil engineering alongside family life can be tricky - just one reason why certain aspects of our business appear unattractive.
Until we run out of things to build or robots replace us, engineers will still be needed to work under such conditions.
Some young people will be attracted by the challenge, but more would prefer to design the robots.
Ian Robinson, 16, Eden Grove, Bolton-Le Sands, Lancs LA5 8DF