Solid jobs amid building boom
Employment prospects in the engineering sector will remain bright in the next couple of years. In fact, amid the many industries that have been impacted by external factors and remain gloomy, the engineering sector is said to be one of a few to enjoy positive prospects.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang announced in his 2007-2008 policy address that he would push ahead with 10 huge infrastructure projects to boost economic activities.
Details of the projects included the construction of the Sha Tin to Central metro-rail link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, among others.
This was great news to the engineering sector because more infrastructure projects mean more job opportunities.
Tsang also stated in his 2011-2012 Policy Address that the government was studying and conducting field surveys to assess the feasibility of building a medium-sized desalination plant for the city's water supply. It will also explore the possibility of carrying out reclamation work outside Victoria Harbour. With so many mega-projects ahead, the engineering sector is expected to keep on thriving.
However, as environmental protection and civil engineering become ever more bound together, current and future engineers are advised to learn about conservation and sustainability to improve their job prospects.
Dr Chan Fuk-cheung, president, Hong Kong Institution of Engineers