New, sustained investment is needed to address a looming crisis, APESMA CEO Chris Walton writes in The Canberra Times.
Most engineers are too polite to tell you this but our country has a real problem on its hands. It affects you now but it is about to get a lot worse.
Engineers tend to keep it secret because they make it their job to fix problems, to keep systems going. That's just part of being a professional engineer. But if you ask them about it directly they'll tell you that in recent times this problem has turned into an ever-increasing crisis.
And the problem is this: we just don't have enough engineers to maintain our renowned high standard of living. And before you tune out just think about what you rely on engineers for every day.