Engineering Life: The Pyramid of the Profession

Group of Engineers

Group of EngineersEngineers are specialists in the trade of building, whether that be a house, a power grid, a radio or just the application you use in your phone. They morph theoretical science into the cold hard application of technology. But it is not as easy as it sounds. In their profession, there exist three underlying principles that they must always adhere to for their long-term success.


The profession of engineers is what most would call an ‘outcome-based’ one. The bottom line should be the product of his project works as it is intended for. The project should satisfy all the objectives, requirements and generally, the goals set forth when it started from the drawing board.

One can use any solution deemed necessary to solve the problem – as long as in the end, the project gets the job done. Like mathematical problems, many solutions can be applied that would arrive at the same answer. The same goes for any engineer’s project. That is the reason why students taking up engineering are encouraged to explore solutions and of course, show their solution in the final paper.

Economic Use of Resources

If the demand to make a machine that works as proposed is troublesome enough, there is also the constraint of available resources. Engineers work in the real world, and hence are subject to the limitations. This is where the key word ‘efficiency’ comes in. To differentiate, effective is getting the job done – means of making it irrelevant – whereas efficiency is to get the job done with the least effort and resources used. For those working in Research and Development (R&D), this is usually the most difficult opponent as you are working with limited funding.

The term engineer sounds very much like ‘ingenious’ – which means clever. To be a proper engineer, you should be clever enough to make something effective from what little you have available to you.


As an engineer working on projects for the public, or even just a select group of people, you are responsible for the aspect that it should be safe. This goes from building bridges that will not collapse on faulty design, filtration systems that will not contaminate drinking water or power lines that will not shock bystanders.

This aspect of an engineer’s work also goes into the process of his work. The work that the engineer and his crew do usually have physical dangers involved, such as high-voltage cables, scaffoldings, or high-powered machinery to name a few. They should always go about it with a clear head for maintaining the welfare of the team. They must keep in mind all safety procedures during work anywhere from set policies of the firm, Take 5 books and OH&S Manuals, according to These are all in the interest of creating accident-free workplaces.

Engineers build the world, under which they adhere to these strict three tenets.