Technical Education
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 7 Mar 1912, p. 167-174
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Technical Education


The speaker's 25-year experience engaged in teaching young engineers some parts of the science which they might subsequently use in their profession. Ways in which this profession of engineering is becoming involved in all of our civilization: a look back. Education as a preparation for this profession of a very elementary character in the early part of the last century. Development of the education and training for this profession. Differences between engineering now, and in the past. The different nature of the problems facing engineers today. How these matters of engineering relations enter into the total structure of our governmental and social organization. The need for engineering students, before they come to schools of engineering, to be well trained in English, so far as possible, in order that they may use their mother tongue in a way to impart their ideas to their fellows; to be well trained also in history and in economics. An engineer's profession a serious matter, and the training for it very much like that for the army. How that is so. The work of a young engineer, comparable with the work that a young lawyer does as a clerk in an office or a young medical man does as an interne in an hospital or as an attendant on an ambulance. Requirement for admission. Other aspects of life in college at the tie between 16 and 20 that are of much importance to a young man's future. Some illustrative anecdotes. The engineering profession as one that is very closely involved with the development of our civilization.