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									                                  Titanium Engineer Ring

                                    Titanium Engineer Ring
In 1922 a civil engineering professor, Herbert Haultain, spoke to a meeting of engineers in Montreal
which was attended by past presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada. At this meeting he
suggested the need for a statement of ethics which would unite the profession and be something for
engineering graduates to aspire to. This was well received and Haultain got in contact with Rudyard
Kipling, who had mentioned the work of engineers in previous poetry. Kipling then wrote both an
obligation statement and a ceremony titled, ‘The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer’. This ceremony
was held for the first time in 1925 and is still conducted to this day in universities throughout Canada.
The full detail of what occurs at this ceremony isn’t public knowledge and my Canadian friend certainly
remained tight-lipped about her experience. The purpose of the ceremony is well known however, and it
serves to remind new engineer of their social responsibilities and obligation to maintain high standards
of professional conduct.
As part of this ritual the graduating engineer is presented with an Iron Ring, a symbolic ring worn on the
little finger of the working hand which acts as a symbol of both pride and humility. My friend said that
she uses it as a reminder to always check her work and followed this us with a story about a Quebec
bridge which collapsed in the early 1900s, killing 75 people due to an error in judgement by the bridge’s
engineers – a sober reminder indeed.
I remain impressed by the notion of a simple, physical item which identifies someone as an engineer.
 My question now is, could Australia engineers introduce a similar concept and would we want to? I
believe it could increase the sense of belonging amongst engineers and generate a greater sense of pride
and would support an initiative if it remained true to its purpose: humble and meaningful.
One thing I am sure of, next time I’m in Canada I’ll be keeping a look out for an Iron Ring, the symbolic
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