More technological expertise, environmental knowledge, adaptability and knowing how to use new equipment are all skills that engineers must now acquire.
These changes and new technologies contribute considerably to the advancement of careers and professional performance, and project prospects become much more creative.
Accordingly, Professor Stephen Jobson Mitchual, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) urges engineering students to stay on their toes in order to stay ahead of the curve in the engineering industry and contribute to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Professor Mitchual believes that 21st century studies and professional practice should try to help the globalization community achieve the United Nations goals of making the world a better place to live.
Professor Mitchual was speaking at the induction and inauguration ceremony of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Ghana.
About 166 students have registered as members of the Institution, while 37 professional engineers from the northern sector have been inducted as qualified engineers whose work will be monitored.
Engineers pledged to help build a better world by signing a declaration to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the World Engineers Convention in late 2019. This means engineers now have a clear mandate about their role in helping communities live more sustainably. .
Drinking water and sanitation for all (Goal 6), availability of sustainable energy sources (Goal 7), building robust and resilient infrastructure (Goal 9) and livable cities (Goal 11) are all goals where engineering skills will be in high demand.
However, other goals, such as responsible consumption and manufacturing (Goal 12) or quality education (Goal 4), will also depend on engineering capabilities, although this is not immediately apparent.
With such a vast scope, the engineering community will face challenges in reaching milestones and eradicating some of the world’s most serious problems.
But the larger question remains: how can engineers help the world achieve these goals? How are they progressing and meeting the 2030 SDG deadline?
The institution’s North Sector President, Engineer Alexander Kello, said the way engineers from various disciplines, sectors and locations collaborate and use the proper procedures and ethics to ensure they achieve these goals is crucial.
He said the institution ensures that members adopt best and sustainable practices to improve lives.
Sustainability is not only a priority for engineers, but is also enshrined in the Code of Ethics for Engineers, which requires engineers to engage responsibly with the community and other stakeholders, to practice engineering to promote the health, safety and well-being of the community, the environment and to balance the needs of the present with the needs of future generations.
Engineer Henry Kwadwo Boateng, President of EIT Ghana, said that with sustainability as a key ethos of being a member of the institution, it is essential that they have the instruments to implement this.
According to him, the goal of embracing sustainability is to help engineers understand the relationship between the environmental, social and economic conditions of their work.
He also highlighted the importance of practical guidance for implementing sustainability that is consistent with the Code of Ethics.
EIT-Ghana is an approved professional engineering body of the Ghana Engineering Council under the Engineering Council Act 2011, Act 819 to register various engineering professionals in all disciplines. It derives its membership from various professional practitioners in the fields of mechanical, automotive, aviation, marine, agriculture, civil, building/construction, electrical, electronics, telecommunications, chemistry, biomedical and related engineering.