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Letters to the editor

I refer to the article by Damian Arnold and in particular to the proposed definition of an engineer as 'someone who translates a conceptual model into a working one by using calculations'.

Having reached a stage in my career when most of my workload consists of contract administration and management, and in any event, having spent many years in site management for contractors and consulting engineers, I have not translated a conceptual model into a working one for over 15 years, nor have I carried out any calculations of any significance for nearly 10 years. Does this mean that I should no longer regard myself as an engineer, or is it a case of 'once an engineer, always an engineer'?

Possibly more to the point, if our future Chartered Engineers are intended to be more skilled in management tasks than technical tasks, does this mean that they will be unable to comply with this proposed definition of an engineer, leaving this role to be fulfilled only by Incorporated Engineers and Technicians?

R P Wilson (F), Melton Hall Lodge, Melton Ross, Barnetby, North Lincs, DN38 6DR.

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