January 24, 2023 By P&PC Staff
Irving Pulp & Paper sponsored the University of New Brunswick’s Iron Pin Ceremony that welcomed 95 first-year engineering students into the engineering community. The UNB Engineering Undergraduate Society hosted the ceremony on January 19.
While an Iron Ring ceremony traditionally marks the end of undergraduate education for engineering students, the Iron Pin Ceremony is a student’s symbolic entrance into engineering and the professionalism it entails. Starting at UNB in 2017, the annual presentation of the iron pin is intended to create early awareness of the engineering code of ethics and let students know there is a certain level of professionalism expected from the moment they begin their engineering degree on campus.
“Integrity is a key aspect of being an engineer,” says Rick Wasson, P.Eng, technical manager at Irving Pulp & Paper and speaker at this year’s Iron Pin Ceremony. “We need to know a lot of technical engineering fundamentals and how to do the technical aspects of our roles. However, we also need to hold true to our principles and ensure that we are able to protect the safety of workers and the public, that the environment is protected and that we deliver a quality product.”
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