Unfortunately, engineering studies today are seen as too time-consuming and unattractive. In addition, many engineers tend to complicate solutions and not explain them in a way that is effective for the public. It must therefore be possible to once again appreciate the contribution that engineers make to today's society. -> (Image above: Werner Jensch)
Answers from Werner Jensch, Managing Director of ASSMANN BERATEN + PLANENGmbH, a subsidiary of BKW Engineering:
Why are you involved in this event?
Meeting the challenges of the energy transition is the central task of this century. The current energy crisis has shown that we have to react in the short term and that the tasks to be solved are complex. To do this, we need young engineers who have the basic knowledge of all aspects of the energy industry and energy efficiency. Although it can be seen that the topic of climate change is very important among young people, unfortunately the number of students in the field of energy engineering is falling. In addition, the proportion of female students is still far too low. We need to communicate to interested people how exciting the tasks of an engineer are and how important it is to get involved in this profession.
What goal or goals would you highlight as the most important priority in terms of your involvement in Engineers' Day or in everyday life?
The public must be further sensitized to the fact that the tasks of the upcoming energy transition must be mastered in the short term. In this way, we can succeed in motivating young people to study engineering again to a greater extent.
Why do you think engineers and their achievements are not perceived enough in everyday life and what can engineers do about it?
Unfortunately, engineering studies today are seen as too time-consuming and not very attractive. In addition, many engineers tend to complicate solutions and not explain them in a way that is effective for the public. So we need to succeed in appreciating again the contribution that engineers make in today's society.
If you had one wish to have an even greater influence on the promotion of young talent, who would it be and what would it be?
When it comes to big wishes, the call always goes to politicians first, of course. But the media are also called upon to strengthen the importance of engineers. For example, engineers are included far too little in discussions on the subject of climate change.
Do you have another wish in connection with Engineers' Day?
Engineers must be motivated to become more actively involved in upcoming decisions. We must no longer sit back until someone approaches us with questions - engineers must play a more active role in determining the future.
Which future challenge(s) do you see as the most important, for which we urgently need more engineers?
The switch to largely renewable energy generation, securing the energy supply, improving energy efficiency in applications and preventing social injustices in the context of the energy transition.
Thank you very much for this interview.
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