Welcome to Season 5 Episode 12
What’s in a title? With Steve Howe
What is in a title? When you’re an engineer, a title could mean a lot.
Stephen Howe spoke to Mel & Dom about his observations of a worrying situation in the engineering industry where engineers are chasing the grandiose role title, even if their experience doesn’t equate.
Don’t play into this phenomenon of “job title, scope creep” that I think is a disservice to the industry and to the individuals and clients
Steve grew up on a mixed farm in South West NSW where he says people are practical and pragmatic. There were a number of influences which pointed out to him growing up to become an engineer.
He was smart in school and had been leaning towards surveying or engineering drawing. But his dad suggested they speak to the local MP for some advice, and the MP suggested that if Steve was doing so well in school, perhaps he should consider going up a level into engineering, really push himself.
Another factor in his decision was his maths teacher. His teacher’s father was a civil engineer and she thought Steve would go well in that industry.
And finally, Steve remembers watching the TV show, The Walton’s. A character had just come back from the war and was waxing lyrical about the American ARMY Corps of engineers, saying they could build anything.
I didn’t actually know any engineers whatsoever
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: Steve provided a very detailed SWOT analysis!
Strength: “we value facts, we like to apply and improve their collective wisdom and we, we like practical problem solving”
Weakness: “we can have one dimensional thinking”
Opportunity: “radical and innovative disruption. We can help with that.”
Threat: “if that society itself really doesn’t believe in objective truth and science, then where is the role of a profession that bases itself on objective science?”
Advice: Stay in a role to get solid, practical knowledge… but don’t be afraid to embrace career changes.
Keep learning, keep being committed to learning
Ancient Rome & medieval Europe
Their ingenuity, the quality and resilience of their infrastructure and perseverance.
Sir William Hudson & General Sir John Monash
… impressed me in terms of their drive, perseverance, eye for detail and the impact they had on Australia.
About Steve Howe
Steve Howe received his bachelor of engineering in civil from Swinburne University, with first class honours. And his Company Directorship with an order of merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also just commenced a Master of Professional Engineering Leadership.
Steve is currently holding the role as Director of Engineering and Program Services Management Systems for the Level Crossing Removal Project, which is part of the Major Transport Infrastructure authority, within the Department of Transport.
He is an experienced manager of multi-disciplinary teams delivering frontline services and projects, in sectors as diverse as consulting engineering, civil contracting, property development, local and state government engineering, community housing, and building materials plus extensive work as a professional company director in community based not-for-profit health and disability services organisations.
Dominic De Gioia is the Director of a multi-discipline engineering firm, Epicentre Consulting Engineers. He is a mechanical engineer with specialist experience in hydraulic engineering.
Melanie De Gioia is the Podcast Producer for Engineers Australia and the Director of Ramaley Media.
Together, Mel & Dom launched Engineering Heroes on 20 June 2018
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We interview engineers as they discuss their life and the issues they are dealing with.