Will professional engineering ever be respected/understood in the UK?Watch
I graduated with a Masters degree in engineering which involved learning advanced scientific subjects like maths, programming and electronics and then applying it to complex projects. It's very frustrating that most of the public aren't educated on this and there's no respect like there is with other fields which are arguably equally if not less challenging. The other issue is that salaries at small/medium engineering firms are often less than many unskilled jobs in the UK.
Most of the people I come across have no idea and assume that I go round fixing boilers with a spanner. At the job centre all the personal advisors I had would just recommend jobs such as electrician apprenticeships for school leavers, maintenance engineer (usually meaning handyman), or gas meter installers.
Why is it so hard to have protected job titles and edcuate people that engineers design things, technicians build or repair them and electricians install them?
I can’t see why there’s any need to go into any detail with someone who doesn’t know what an engineer is, other than to feed your own ego. The same goes for employers, if they undervalue an engineers ability, then I doubt the role would have been any good anyway.