Having recently read a blog about the Engineer of 2020, I wondered if anyone would like to attempt to profile an  Australian Engineer of the future.

The Baby Boomers are all but yesterday, and today we read about generations  X, Y and Z,  we hear about Millennials;  we know about geeks, nerds, introverts and extroverts; we have digital addicts;  we have extra spirited ADHD’s and non-conformers, juveniles and visionaries,  minority groups, ethnics, global citizens, excluded and included, exceptions and inceptions…..the list goes on.   And of course we have some good old fashioned hard-working Aussie girls and boys!   No country celebrates diversity quite like Australia. So we must have some engineers in there!

The bright sparks of our future

The bright sparks of our future

Nobody can argue that while the world economy is still turbulent,   and with the BRIC economies emerging stoically at what hopefully is the exiting scene of a big decade of recessional doom, it is most likely the hard hats of Australia that have kept our nation somewhat fiscally insulated.  And probably will do so for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, as Europe battles with their Euro balances, and the US plays tug-o’- war with the rest of the world, lets face the reality that this wasn’t the first global economic depression, and probably won’t be the last.

So, where is our strength and where is our bright future?  Australian resources are and will always be economically significant. And by resources, we don’t just mean what is buried in the ground. Our biggest resource would have to be our diverse, energetic., unpredictable  and bright future.   The Engineers in the making.

 We have to ask how we can facilitate the future generation of engineers to progress sustainably…both for their own health and for the country’s economically and sustainably?

‘My father did it years ago’ says Damian Canniffe, Synergia1’s MD, ‘it’s the relationships you build that keeps businesses going’.

And while we prepare diligently to ensure that out future engineers are prepared,  providing on-the-job experience, training and qualifications (National Academy of Engineering (US) now says the BA is just for starters, and the recognized degree or engineering will soon become a Masters);  We endeavor to produce graduates with dirty hand; white collars but not so white, blue collars, but not just blue,  physical endurance in our rugged climate, long periods of FIFO and ‘manning-up’ for the big jobs;  Let’s also be mindful of the not-so-hard skills that come with contemporary Australian corporate true blue values.  We at Synergia1 hear it a lot from the market.   ‘Say what you mean and mean what you say.’

Perhaps this is what we can expect from the engineers of the future: aptly called ‘soft skills for hard hats’, after all it worked for previous generations.

Ask us about Synergia1’s future!