I came across this report on the economic contributions of engineering prepared by PWC for Engineering New Zealand. In preparing the report, PWC and Engineering New Zealand assembled about 20 senior engineers from a representative sample of industries and asked them to write a brief description of engineering.
Here’s a word cloud summarising the result.
Now, what’s gone missing?
Remember that this was an exercise in assessing the economic significance of engineering in New Zealand…
Before reading this, please see the post of December 7, 2017, where I have released a comprehensive guide for engineers, students and educators on value creation in engineering enterprises…..
In my last post, I wrote a brief explanation about value and value creation, noting that “value” has many different meanings.
In this post I will summarize what Bill Williams and I think is a new theory of engineering value creation, the subject of my address to the International Conference on Engineering Education Research (iCEER 2016) in Sydney on November 24.
How can engineers regain the high respect and status they once enjoyed?
In many countries, engineers have lost the respect with which they were once held. Evidence for this comes from our research interviews with senior company and government representatives who displayed only limited respect for the ability of engineers to deliver valuable outcomes.
Here is a selection of quotes:
“Our engineers delivered nothing: we gave them billions and we still don’t have what they promised.” (ex Prime Minister)
“Our engineers don’t understand the business imperative of this organisation. They simply don’t get it and it frustrates me immensely.” (Company CEO)
“I eliminate as many engineers from my organisation as I can: if I need engineering done I hire outside firms to do it.” (Company CEO)