National Engineer’s Week
Hey little girl – want a cookie????
In this case the seducers are the producers of National Engineers Week, (NEW) www.eweek.org and the “National Engineers Week Foundation1. have focused on diversifying the ranks of engineering with efforts to reach young women and girls, especially during the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day2., this year…..”
They say “Girl Day,” as it’s known among engineers, is the only outreach of its kind aimed at a single profession. On February 23, and then in programs continued throughout the year, women engineers and their male counterparts reach as many as one million girls with workshops, tours, speaking engagements, on-line discussions and a host of other activities that showcase engineering as an important career option for everyone.”
They cite a career, but is there a career in Engineering and can they or are they able to deliver a career in engineering. What about the caveats?
We know about discrimination in engineering by age, sex, race, national origin and the big one, salary. There is only room for discrimination if there is surplus of engineers. Academics state your career is over at age 353.. How much will that Engineering degree cost for a 15 year career?
Do they mention downsizing, importing cheap foreign engineers or sending engineering jobs off shore? Of course not. Which career will be more stable and which will result in a clerks job at Home Depot? They don’t tell you that.
Who are the beneficiaries? The supporters of National Engineer’s Week are the ones who benefit – members of the Foundation. They are the educators: K-12 educators get more funding for programs to lead your sons and, in this case, your daughters toward an education in Engineering. Academics fill their class rooms, for every seat there is a dollar attached. Corporations get cheap expendable workers that they can lay off once they arrive at mid career or require more benefits.
So, you see, there is no career. At best one might get a good education. Engineers may one day hope for a viable career in their field when the US Congress gets wise to this scam perpetuated by members of this elite coalition of academics, corporate executives, professional societies, and government agencies.
Richard F. Tax
American Engineering Association