A long time ago Dr. C V Raman, the eminent Indian Scientist was recruiting engineers for one of his projects. A young man who he had rejected earlier in the morning, returned to give back extra money he had got with his travel allowance. Dr. Raman who witnessed this episode shook his hand and hired the guy. He later told his curious colleagues that all he could impart was work knowledge and all he could promise was on the job training, but he could never teach what the young man had - character, sincerity and honesty.
These three are key components that aid a man in his pursuit of excellence and also what set a true engineer apart. An engineer like any other man is ever inquisitive about the nature of objects around him, he questions everything but unlike others he seeks to create what has never been. He derives satisfaction as he watches his imagination take shape on paper. He brings to life his dreams and he offers world a better tomorrow!
An engineer is a man capable of taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary, he creates history and also writes the future. But is engineering only about satiating one’s quest of knowledge and the unquenchable thirst of pride? Unless he becomes the wheel of change, what good did his knowledge do? If science and material progress simply feeds our basic insensitive and selfish desires, is it worth it? An outstanding engineer is no good unless he transcends to a greater stature.
An engineer may not always have all the answers, but with his work and his designs he offers you a viable explanation.In the words of Dougherty, “The idea engineer is a composite. He is not a scientist, he is not a mathematician, he is not a sociologist, not a writer but he may use the knowledge and technology of any or all of these disciplines in solving problems.”
Engineering is all about thinking of new possibilities and analysing old problems from new perspectives. The life and works of Da Vinci is proof that only creative imagination marks the real advances in engineering.
“One day Sir, you may tax it!” This was Michael Faraday's reply to William Gladstone, then British Minister of Finance, when asked of the practical value of electricity, one of the many.
While “Engineers Rule the world" is a popular motto amongst engineer it leaves room for a lot of questions - Is to serve not better than to rule? Are your thoughts and actions reflective of our country's history, character and aspirations? Look at the consequences of corrupt civil engineers. A better India can only be engineered through better humans.
So, Do you want to be an engineer?