Engineers are basically very modest, they plan and project quietly, without making a big fuss about it. Before I came to ewp, I had no idea how much is already behind a comparatively small infrastructure project, how incredibly much work goes into it.
Answers from Fiona Trachsel about Engineers' Day.
When and in what context did you first hear about Engineers' Day?
It must have been about five years ago, when usic advertised the day.
Why are you involved in this event?
This is the first time that ewp has been involved in this way. Without the services of the engineers, the planners, we wouldn't even be able to live our usual everyday lives. The entire planned space, all infrastructure, has its foundation in the truest sense of the word thanks to the art of engineering. Making this visible again, appreciating it, is an important concern for us.
Which goal or goals would you emphasize as the most important priority in terms of your involvement in Engineers' Day or in everyday life?
All four goals of Engineers' Day together; the goals cross-fertilize each other, and in part cannot be pursued without the other goals. Only if the outstanding achievements of engineers are visible and highlighted in everyday life, a dialogue with society as a whole is possible. This gives us all a participation opportunity that we should definitely take advantage of: Public space and infrastructure concerns us all!
Why do you think engineers and their services are not perceived enough in everyday life and what can engineers do about it?
Engineers are basically very modest, they plan and design quietly without making a big fuss about it. Before I came to ewp, I had no idea how much is already behind a comparatively small infrastructure project, how incredibly much work goes into it. The idealistic and financial appreciation for the work and the accompanying responsibility of engineers is out of all proportion. It is absolutely necessary to address this and to initiate a public debate about the systemic relevance of this profession in order to increase its visibility - and thus also the attractiveness of this occupational field.
If you had one wish to be able to influence the promotion of young talent even more, who would it be and what would it be?
First of all, I would start with myself: What can I, what can ewp do for this? For example, we can participate in Engineers' Day. Working for more appreciation and more visibility, that starts on a small scale; by drawing attention to what our employees do for society every day.
Do you have any other wishes in connection with Engineers' Day?
No wish but a heartfelt thank you for this extraordinary effort!
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