So you want to be an engineer

It is January and time for aspiring students to resolve the arcs that their lives will follow through a university education.  They are considering rewarding choices in the physical and life sciences, business, liberal arts and engineering.

Pursuing the liberal arts allows graduates to integrate historical and multicultural contexts in their solutions to problems.  The curricula of commerce majors prepares them for the management and financial stewardship of many aspects of industry and commerce. Graduates in science will better understand our natural world and many of them will elucidate the why and how of our being.

Students entering university in 2016 have rich and enviable choices.  Those who will join McMaster Engineering will have the opportunity to experience an academically fertile and personally fulfilling program. Our aspiration is to develop engaged citizen scholars who will change our world.

McMaster Engineering graduates will solve complex problems through analysis, design, organization and communication. They will be mindful of constraints as they provide simple and elegant solutions to technical problems through service and innovation.

The whole of our infrastructure, from sewers to power supplies and communication, everything that wasn’t invented by God is invented by an engineer,” stated Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, recently.

That engineering is a social enterprise has been recognized for over a millennium. The earliest statement of the responsibility of an engineer is attributed to the Roman scholar Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 b.c.e.).  Cicero’s Creed “Salus populi suprema est lex,” is translated as “the safety of the public shall be their highest law”.

McMaster Engineering graduates understand this Calling of an Engineer. They pledge that they will be honest, impartial, fair and equitable while pursuing their profession. Our graduates are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Warren Buffet famously stated, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

McMaster Engineering recognizes this truism. Our graduates would stress however that we have built our strong global reputation over a period longer than just two decades.

One thought on “So you want to be an engineer

  1. Better than Kipling – not too many people Kipple anymore, and there are many more opportunities that require more optimism than reverence for the Iron Ring.


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