First-year students welcomed into engineering program

Oct 20th, 2023

By Jackey Locke

The sixth-annual iron pin ceremony officially welcomed first-year engineering students to the engineering community.

The event marked the sixth annual iron pin ceremony, which takes place annually in the fall semester, where first-year students come together with their peers to each receive an iron pin that is meant to be a reminder of the obligation they are undertaking in their engineering studies. The students can choose to wear the pin at their discretion.

The students are also encouraged to pause and reflect on the values that are fundamental to the engineering profession: responsibility to the common good, public safety and the environment; honour and trustworthiness; and inclusivity and respectfulness.

The ceremony was developed by a committee of former engineering students, together with faculty support, and draws on language from both the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador’s code of ethics and the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer, which is read at the iron ring ceremony.

Dr. Octavia Dobre, interim dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, presented the pins at the ceremony on Oct. 19.