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Extra digits could be the answer

Letters

Continuing the debate on the status of our profession, surely our professional bodies could take an immediate step forward by giving us a title of four or five digits.

The reason why the current title of 'Eur Ing' is not accepted is simple - the computer programmers who produce application forms and other documents only allow about five digits in the title box, and give the selection 'Mr, Dr, Mrs, Miss, or other'. Thus Eur Ing Pallett results in my AA membership being listed as Mr Eur, while the Inland Revenue know me as Mr E Ing.

If the public started to see an engineering title in communications, lists and letters, then it would be a first step towards placing engineers on a par with doctors etc. My own view would be for the ICE to promote the term 'Eng' as opposed to the European version 'Ing' as the accepted title of a chartered engineer.

Eur Ing Peter Pallett (F), pallett@compuserve.com

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