“It is rough as the mind of the young man. It is not smoothed off at the edges, any more than the character of the young. It is hand-hammered all around and the young have their hammerings coming to them. It has neither beginning nor end, any more than the work of an Engineer, or as we know Space itself. It will cut into a gold ring if worn next to it: thus showing that one had better keep one’s money getting quite separate.” – Rudyard Kipling
I had the pleasure and honour of attending my Finacé’s Iron Ring Ceremony on Saturday afternoon, along with my soon-to-be brother-in-law, Josh Le. It is a solemn occasion for young engineers at the outset of their career to be obligated through the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. It’s not simply a ceremony one goes through to obtain a piece of jewelry. The iron ring, worn on the little finger of the working hand, is a reminder to oneself and a sign to others of the serious obligation to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct.
Words cannot describe how proud I am of my baby. After 4 and a half years of studies and 3 co-op terms, my Fiancé is one step closer to becoming a professional engineer. He is currently in the home-stretch of his final semester of his undergrad degree, and he’ll be convocating in the Spring of 2012. It goes without saying that he is incredibly smart and hardworking. He is passionate about his work, he doesn’t cut corners, and he is a man of great integrity and strong morals.
We give very little thought to how the world around us is built, while demanding better roads and bigger homes. When our electricity is out, we expect the City to do something about it right away. We can hardly imagine life without gas and MacBooks. What we fail to acknowledge is the hard work of men and women, like my Fiancé, who design and build such things in life that allows us to enjoy our comfortable lifestyle, like producing oil and gas so we can drive to work in our fancy cars or keeping electricity going 24/7 so we can charge our iPhones while we sleep. More than that, the work that engineers do is life sustaining, and that to me is crucial and admirable.