Engineers are the silent leaders of modern society. They stimulate innovations and ensure the continuous flow of improvements in basically every facet of human life. This sounds like a big revelation but honestly, who builds houses? Who creates thousands of jobs in literally every sector? Who even has a hand in the direct impact of climate change on Earth? Yes, they’re all engineers.
However, for new engineering graduates out there, don’t feel pressured. Take one step at a time. I did not say that any single engineer holds that much power in the modern world. Do not get me wrong. No single engineer can do all that. It’s the culmination of the work, passion, and grit of an entire group of professionals who can make this big change.
If you’re still not convinced, let me tell you just how engineers can directly affect important aspects of human life.
If you think about engineering, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is building houses and structures.
If you think about engineering, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is building houses and structures. However, history dictates that the profession of engineering was invented in the 1500s, a time when military fortifications like towers and turrets were necessary to protect lives, livelihood, and possessions of specific communities from danger.
While most engineers don’t really dabble in the art of war, the essence of what engineers were first thought to do still remains in the way that modern engineers design houses and structures. Engineers must build homes that can stand the test of time and successfully protect those living inside them from any natural disaster and even human invasion.
However, to actually be able to do so, not only should engineers be licensed at designing structures, but at the same time, they must also get certified as contractors to accept construction projects, not only for residential but also commercial establishments.
Yes, this is a reminder for those of you who are contractor-engineers living in any part of the world like Oklahoma, to renew your Oklahoma license regularly, to continue to make sturdy structures that can far exceed anyone’s expectations.
Sustainable development isn’t just big words advocated by environmentalists and sometimes even a few electoral candidates to get a seat in government. However, sustainable development can only be achieved with the help of an urban planner making the shots.
These urban planners know how to develop an entire community for the sake of its residents and for nature, too. With the requirement of having a deep understanding of infrastructure mapping and future-proofing, urban planners are usually those with an engineering degree so that they can have the foresight and technical know-how to plan the development of larger areas in society.
Public Health and Safety
Regardless of how much you try to protect yourself from the elements, if there are buildings and vehicles that are not up to standards when it comes to health and safety issues, then chances are, you will still get sick pretty often, especially in the city. That’s why engineers also have an interesting and often overlooked role when it comes to ensuring the health and safety of the public.
An engineer’s adherence to building and sanitary codes ensure that the people living or working inside their establishments do not easily succumb to viral and bacterial threats.
Plus, let’s not forget the fact that engineers make sure skyscrapers don’t topple over also contributes to public safety.
Technology and Quality of Life
Engineers make our lives better and easier because they are the bright heads that do not stop thinking about how to improve the quality of human life on Earth. This is done through continuous innovations in the field of technology that’s making our life on the planet a whole lot more efficient. These advancements include the invention of the internet, the creation of software that keeps our home secure, and better ways to make healthy dishes!
The old and often overused adage on big power and big responsibility rings true for engineers. These professionals have a way of advancing technical knowledge for better or for worse. If you’re an engineer and you’re reading this, my only hope is that you choose the latter option. Contribute to making the world a better place to live in.