YOUNG civil engineers must be encouraged to become chartered, said new ICE president George Fleming on Tuesday.
During his presidential address, Fleming said young engineers do not get responsibility early enough and that their enthusiasm needs to be encouraged.
'We must encourage our young civil engineers working as managers in the civil service to become chartered,' he said.
'We must find ways of ensuring that all our graduates and associates in whatever field of the profession, whether it be transportation, law, hydrology, finance, structural design, geotechnics, management, construction or public health to participate in the profession as early as possible.'
Fleming also stated that attention must be paid to humanitarian and environmental issues. He added that engineers must focus on ways to relieve world poverty, bring about land regeneration and solve environmental problems.
'It is important in developing solutions to the new millennium's complex environmental problems,' he said.