Sixteen fourth-year Civil Engineering students are now the proud wearers of Iron Rings – a significant milestone on their path to an engineering career. The students, along with eight of last year’s nine Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering graduates, received their hard-earned Iron Rings at the Victoria Iron Ring Camp ceremony on March 14.
The students participated in The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, a ceremony that aims to direct the newly qualified engineer “toward a consciousness of the profession and its social significance and indicating to the more experienced engineer their responsibilities in welcoming and supporting the newer engineers when they are ready to enter the profession.”
The Victoria Camp treated them very well, introducing the students as a group of BCIT Civil Engineering students to the more than 100 other ring recipients at the ceremony, and publicly acknowledging the hard work and extra step that our students have been through by successfully writing the US Fundamentals of Engineering exam. The remaining two students currently in fourth year hope to complete the APEGBC/FE exams later this year.
The Iron Ring is a symbolic ring that many Canadian engineers wear on the little finger of their dominant hand. The ring, which is optional and is not mandatory to practice the profession of engineering, symbolizes the pride that engineers have in their profession, while acting as a sharp reminder of the engineer’s obligation to live by a high standard of professional conduct.