As National Engineering Month draws near, we are covering some of the hottest topics in the industry. During the last week of NEM Ontario events (Week 5) we will be discussing the importance of having more engineers working in politics. If this area interests you, sign up for an event today!
5 reasons why engineers should consider getting involved in politics
1. Engineers are problem-solvers
Engineers are problem-solvers by nature, and politics is all about solving problems. Engineers have the skills and knowledge to analyze complex issues, identify root causes, and develop practical solutions. By getting involved in politics, engineers can use these skills to help address important issues facing society, such as climate change, infrastructure, and economic development.
2: Policy affects the work engineers do
Did you know that many of the decisions made in politics have a direct impact on the work that engineers do? For example, laws and regulations related to the environment, transportation, and energy can affect how engineers design and build projects. By participating in the political process, engineers can help shape these decisions to better align with the principles of good engineering practice and the long-term sustainability of our planet.
3. Engineers bridge the gap (no pun intended)
Engineers can bridge the gap between technical and non-technical communities by explaining the engineering perspective to politicians and the general public. They can show the impact of certain policies on society and the environment as well as shed light on the technical aspects of certain issues which may not be well understood by non-technical people.
4. Engineers bring valuable skill-sets
It’s also worth noting that engineers have a valuable perspective to offer when it comes to budgeting and resource allocation. They are trained to think about the long-term costs and benefits of different options and can help ensure that public resources are used in the most efficient and effective way possible.
5. Engineers can really make a difference
In short, engineers have a unique set of skills and perspectives that can be highly valuable in the political sphere. By getting involved in politics, engineers can help shape important decisions and make a real difference in the world.
Does this sound interesting to you?
If so, we encourage you to consider getting involved in politics, whether that be through volunteering for campaigns, working on policy issues, or running for office yourself. Remember, every change starts with an action, and with the skills you have, you could contribute to the greater good and make a tangible impact in your community & beyond.
Want to learn more about engineering & politics?
If you want to learn how more engineers can make a difference through policy. be sure to attend Week 5 of National Engineering Month Ontario events. All events are free to attend and will be happening online and in person. Save your spot today at nemontario.ca/events.
Learn. Grow. Thrive. Together.
With bold topics, industry expertise, and diverse perspectives – National Engineering Month is Ontario’s engineering event of the year. Together we can advance the engineering profession, spark an interest in the next generation of engineering professionals and celebrate the role that engineers play in our society. We hope you can be a part of these incredible events by attending a #NEM2023 event. For more information about National Engineering Month Ontario events, please visit nemontario.ca.