The Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago is a learned society of professional engineers dedicated to the development of engineers and the engineering profession. The association promotes the highest standards of professional practice and stimulates awareness of technology and the role of the engineer in society.
To safeguard the life, health and welfare of the public by restricting the practice of engineering to properly qualified persons.
To advance the status of the engineering profession by the establishment and observance of high ethical standards.
To promote the proficiency, knowledge and skill of Professional Engineers, and to increase their usefulness to the public.
To protect and advance the interests of Professional Engineers.
APETT’s President Incoming Address
It is with great honour that I address you at the start of this 2015/2016 year. We are entering this term on a wave of momentum, thanks to the hard work of the previous Executive Council, led by Eng. Haydn Furlonge. I would especially like to thank Eng. Furlonge for his vision and foresight throughout his term as President. He has truly led by example and at each turn demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to achieving the ambitious goals he set for the year. And with the support of the Council and various Divisions, we have seen the results of that dedication. During this term, we hope to advance even further along the path, which has been set.
As engineers, we tend to be forward looking. Society has always looked to engineers to realise new ideas, improve the way things are done, and to make our daily lives better. Innovation is a cornerstone of our field, and indeed the way we think.
Yet innovation for the sake of innovating is often not the best strategy. At times, we benefit from returning to first principles and building from fundamental truths. With this in mind, we must reflect on the key objectives of the Association’s Constitution found under Articles1. In particular,item 2(b) states as follows: “to advance the status of the engineering profession by the establishment and observance of high ethical standards of conduct, the Code of Ethics and Guide to Practice under the Code of Ethics… “. This, I believe to some extent is sadly lacking in the engineering fraternity and as engineers, we must reclaim our deserved respect in our Nation.
At the start of each new term of an Executive Council, there is much excitement and energy surrounding the new improvements that can be brought to our association. The start of this term in no different. However, as previously stated, Eng Furlonge set a strategic outline which he pursued successfully. Our goals for the 2015/2016 term are very much in common and are hopeful that they will continue into the future.
Eng. Furlonge along with the respective Divisional Chairs, spent significant time and a concerted effort in establishing collaborations and entered into mutual agreements with organisations that shared a common interest with our Association.
Our intent this term,is to maintain and strengthen these agreements, whilst pursuing other organisations to enter into similar arrangements. Discussions are presently ongoing with our colleagues from Tobago to form an APETT branch, whereby we can share the knowledge and skills as Professional Engineers should do in our practice.
We are choosing to examine the role that APETT plays in the careers and lives of our members and in our society. We are daring to ask the question: Why APETT?
When I joined APETT, 29 years ago, a few years out of university, I realised then that APETT membership was a big part of your identity as an engineer. Not only did it lend certain credibility to you as a professional, but it also provided an immediate community of like-minded thinkers with a shared goal of advancing the Engineering profession in Trinidad and Tobago, and affecting the society in which we lived. This is what we would like to reinforce into the minds of our new members and especially the new graduates.
During this term, the Executive will focus on promoting to our membership, and to prospective members, the benefits of being part of APETT. Benefits like community, career enhancement and social impact. Our objective is to add value to our members through creating more opportunities to come together to share ideas and increase our capabilities.
Historically, APETT has done, and continues to do a lot of work on the national level.There remains, however, great potential for us to increase our social engagement. Among our members, there is a wealth of experience and expertise. This is often seen as a unrecognized and underutilized resource in our national community. Our goal is to tap into our knowledge base to introduce relevant, expert voices into the conversations surrounding national events. This will require further development of our communication strategy and a deliberate focus on outreach activities. We will also continue to partner with local and regional bodies to influence national policies.
APETT is represented on various committees as noted on page 4 of our AGM report by Council and non Council members. We must extend our sincere appreciation for the effort and time that these APETT members give so freely and voluntarily. We are trusting that in good faith and for the benefit of APETT, that these members would continue to serve in their respective functions as well as other members offer to pledge their support as alternatives in these committees.
A key outreach necessity to our members is communication. With the reintroduction of the Professional Engineer’s Newsletter (PEN), supported by the Journal of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago, we are of the belief that these will be strong mediums in alerting our members of seminars, conferences and social events as well as their participation and sharing of knowledge in articles of interest in engineering.
Adequate notice is given to you all on our Annual Technical Conference which is to be held on June 25th and 26th at the National Energy Skills Centre Auditorium at Point Lisas. The theme of our Conference is Engineering for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean.
We are again providing a platform for Engineers to share solutions to home grown issues and challenges. By bringing together regional thinkers, we hope to develop stronger linkages across our territories and foster greater collaboration and knowledge sharing. We are looking forward to your support and participation at this Conference.
Last year’s Conference, through our Sponsors and participants, increased our ATC Account Balance by approximately $188,000.00.This augurs well from APETT’s financial perspective, as, together with the drive for members to regularise their outstanding payments, our revenues significantly increased. We intend to also continue along the same path and are anticipating further increases of revenues into APETT’s accounts.
We will continue to maintain the effort to properly plan and manage budgets for all our activities, as well as deepen relationships with corporate partners and sponsors. The groundwork already laid for streamlining these processes frees us now to pursue our larger objective of widening APETT’s impact and influence.
An overarching theme for last year’s activities was “collaboration.” This year we hope to build on that with the theme “community.” This means greater engagement of members within the organisation, deepening relationships with partners, more active participation in the national community, and more outreach. We will continue to ask Why APETT? And allow those answers to direct the way we work to continuously add value to the lives and professions of our community of Engineers. We look forward to your support in making this another successful year.
Eng. Neil Dookie
Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (2015/2016)