Author: Haddow, Thomas Harley
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Haddow, Thomas Harley
'I should be less than human if I did not, first, express to you my personal feelings of pride mixed with humility at being installed your President this evening. Pride
in being chosen to occupy the highest office this great Institution can offer any of its members at a time when its prestige and usefulness to mankind has never been higher; and humility because I am not only aware of the outstanding men who have, for nearly 60 years, preceded me, but also very conscious of the considerable ability and often brilliance of many of our members who are today actively engaged in the profession of structural engineering.'
The paper sets out the tasks undertaken in a structural engineering design office and assigns them to the technologist or to the technician. It examines existing and future educational facilities at degree level for the technologist, and at a lower, more practical level for the technician. It considers how ability can best be judged with special reference to tests of practical experience. Reference is also made to a 1966 manpower survey in the fields of engineering, to pronouncements made by the Council of Engineering Institutions and to recent decisions of the Council of the Institution of Structural Engineers on qualifications and examintions. The text gives guidance to students seeking to qualify during the current uncertain conditions, and to colleges on the pattern of non-degree courses in structural engineering. The paper concludes by examining future trends in examinations, practical training and related matters.