I write in response to Mike Chandler (NCE 6 April). He writes 'we just want to 'do' things. So where do we go wrong'?
I do not believe that this is an area in which we go wrong. Most professional engineers spend their time at work designing things, developing the means and methods for making them, supervising their production or managing at least some of the above. Or they may be on the commercial side in sales, marketing or business development. Their work is connected to physical processes, but they themselves are generally at least one step from the physical.
Most engineers do seek to execute some physical work and achieve the satisfaction that goes with it. I think this is the primary motivation for engineers to do DIY (household and automotive) although I am sure saving money does enter into it in many cases.
If engineers fail to set out their stall to earn enough to subcontract this 'doing' to others, perhaps those in business development should be pushing clients harder to accept that engineering is under priced.
Louis Cazeau, LCazeau@aol.coms