Engineer or Mechanic?

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Billy Q

Guest
#1
Wire Men in the GPO were once called that.
Today they are Telephone Engineers
Sound Recordists in the BBC were once called that.
Today They are Sound Engineers
It seems all and sundry today call themselves something grand.
One will get paid what one is worth.
 
#3
For some reason the armed forces have followed their civilian counterparts when it come to job titles.
Civilian instances:

Sales Executive.............................Shop assistant
Lawyer..........................................Solicitors Clerk
Facilitator......................................Dogs Body
Motorway Maintainers.................Paddy & Mick
Technical Advisor..........................Telephone help desk person
 
#5
Unfortunately Engineer is not a protected title in this country, so we do not get the same respect engineers get in other countries, they are held in the same light as Doctors, as true engineers will have followed some sort of formal training or assessment to be worthy of IEng or CEng. Most that call themselves engineers are skilled trades or technicians, e.g. Gas Engineer, water engineer (Plumber) not knocking the skill of a good plumber but not technically an engineer.
When I first joined I was a JEM2 Junior Electrical Mechanic second class, I progressed to add an R for radio.
 
#6
I saw a job advert for a "Nail Technician" some time ago.
It took me a while to work out that it was not a vacancy for an expert in metal fastenings.
 

Hooly

Lantern Swinger
#9
you could always do it in levels such as:

1-3 city and guilds/or equivalent = Mechanics/Electricians
4-5 HND/HNC =Technicians
6 BEng (not not BSc) with CEng = Engineer status

we have industrial fitters, but we refer to them to the customer as engineers, the managing director ticks me off for saying fitter on the phone.

That's what I think anyway
 

Seadog

War Hero
Moderator
#10
You missed Incorporated Engineer.


BEng on its own will now 'only' get (following a Professional Review Interview) IEng. Masters for CEng now. There are work arounds/ exemptions.

The Engineering Council and Professional Licenced Engineering Institutions publish the criteria/pathways. No need to take Hooly's or my word for it.
 

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