The Technologist and the Practicing Profession

by Oscar S. Bray,

Serial Information: Journal of the Professional Activities, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 5-10

Document Type: Journal Paper


The engineering technician, once the product of an apprentice training program, is now being graduated from well-conceived 2-yr technical courses by a growing number of technical institutes. These graduates are finding places in engineering and construction organizations, where they perform many of the subprofessional tasks formerly allotted to young engineers. A substantial number of these technicians are able to supply educational deficiencies by further study and become fully qualified engineers. In the absence of encouragement from the professional societies, ambitious young technicians are apt to look to the labor unions in their efforts to achieve status and financial reward. A series of steps which ASCE might take to turn the better technicians toward professionalism, including reestablishing the Junior Member grade specifically for them, is suggested.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Construction engineering | Training | Business organizations | Professional societies | Labor | Financial management

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