I support Professor Roland Clift ‘s notion (The Engineer 20 November) of the need to change the approach to decision making by engineers, and his classification on this basis of engineeers Mk 1, 2 or 3.
But as engineering has become more complex, we also suffer the inability of senior managers in industry to understand the resource demands of their engineering function.
The result is the Mk1 3/8 engineer (not yet metric). Always the last to leave at night, he doesn’t rock the boat when it comes to setting next year’s budgets and will take no for an answer when required. He works hard and wonders why life and pay rises seem to be passing him by.
The worrying thing is that the number of Mk1 3/8 engineers will increase unless Government encourages young people to take up engineering as a career. Then we can look forward to the emergence of Prof Clift’s New Model Engineer.
Kevin Granville, Cardiff