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Teaching the next generation of engineers

April 10, 2023

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By David Clark

David Clark, a veteran engineer, tells Canadian Consulting Engineer how mentors can provide the most valuable guidance to the rising professionals

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated we can no longer rely only on how we did things in the past. Old ways and outdated solutions don’t necessarily work in the hybrid engineering workplace and construction industry of the future.

Unexpected shifts will continue to be the norm, as the rate of change accelerates. We need to train up-and-coming engineers to prepare for change and guide them in navigating immense problems, such as climate change. The junior engineers of today will, as leaders, encounter problems we can’t even imagine right now.

How can we mentor junior engineers and equip them with tools to help solve those problems? Higher education doesn’t always teach the skills the industry will need, particularly soft skills that will be highly sought-after in the future.

  • David Clark

    As the practice leader for our Buildings Engineering group in Southwest Ontario, David is an award-winning mechanical and electrical engineer. He champions the expression of integrated design in the teams he leads and delivers holistic solutions.

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