Astronautics engineer Jon Jennings has this week leapt on the online petition bandwagon to call for the title of 'engineer' to be restricted to chartered engineers only.
Jennings has joined an escalating list of people using 10 Downing Street's online petition trial to drum up support for his campaign to restore respect in engineers.'Car mechanics, plumbers and electricians are now commonly referred to as engineers and banks now regard engineers as semi skilled,' says his petition.'I believe for the long turn prosperity of the UK the government must act decisively and introduce laws to protect engineers such that only chartered engineers can use the title Engineer. This will give Engineers the same professional status in our society as doctors, lawyers similar to Europe.'With 2,400 signatories to date, the petition already tops the 'business and industry' category.But it still lags well behind the road pricing petition which received 1.7M signatories before it closed on Tuesday and even falls short of the 3,707 who want the prime minister to stand on his head and juggle ice-cream.