Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I'm getting a new ring!!

This is from the order of the engineer. All I have to do is sign the pledge below, which is just common sense. The words in the pledge in square brackets are optional. But I really like the last set in brackets, "in humility and with the need for Divine guidence." I think that is great. The order gives out these rings, they are made of steel and worn on the fifth finger of your working hand, to remind engineers to think about the cost of their work. This started in Canada when a bridge collapsed because of bad engineering and shortcuts. They cut up pieces of the bridge to start making the rings. I like it. It comes in at the end of April! woohoo.


I am an Engineer, in my profession I take deep pride. To it I owe solemn obligations. Since the Stone Age, human progress has been spurred by the engineering genius. Engineers have made usable Nature’s vast resources of material and energy for Humanity's [Mankind’s] benefit. Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experience, my efforts would be feeble.

As an Engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

As an Engineer[, in humility and with the need for Divine guidance,] I shall participate in none but honest enterprises. When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good. In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.

9 comments:

Northwind said...

I love this!

Anna said...

This is pretty cool.
Can I become a honorary engineer?

Sue said...

Wow. What strength of character. Encouraging to see it still around. Hey, Dad reminded me that in about 8 short weeks, we will have a graduate in mechanical engineering/physics as a daughter--wow! So exciting! So close! You must be near ecstatic,considering all your time and effort!

Luke said...

hey hey hey.

riverrat said...

This is really neat! The Hippocratic Oath of the Engineering world!

Luke said...

since the stone age ?

ukrainiac said...

Very cool. What a vivid reminder!

faith said...

Yeah, from the stone age. I thought that was kinda weird. haha. I am surprised you are the only one to mention it.

kibbe said...

Be sure to flash it to us all in church after it arrives...