Saturday, January 27, 2007

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Iron Ring
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The silver-coloured ring on my little finger is my Iron Ring. However, it is neither silver nor iron. Modern Iron Rings are made out of stainless steel.

The Iron Ring is the symbol of Canadian engineers. All graduates of a university engineering program in Canada have the opportunity to participate in the Iron Ring Ceremony, known as "The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer."

The Iron Ring obligation (statement of ethics) and the ceremony, were written by Rudyard Kipling.

The object of the Ritual can be stated as follows: The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has been instituted with the simple end of directing the newly qualified engineer toward a consciousness of the profession and its social significance and indicating to the more experienced engineer their responsibilities in welcoming and supporting the newer engineers when they are ready to enter the profession.

The Iron Ring has been registered and may be worn on the little finger of the working hand by any engineer who has been obligated at an authorized ceremony of the Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer. The ring symbolizes the pride which engineers have in their profession, while simultaneously reminding them of their humility. The ring serves as a reminder to the engineer and others of the engineer's obligation to live by a high standard of professional conduct. It is not a symbol of qualification as an engineer - this is determined by the provincial and territorial licensing bodies.

(Much of the text taken from The Iron Ring, which you can check out for more information.)

37 comments:

Incog & Nito said...

Wow how amazing. I bet you wear it with pride. Happy Weekend. Mines up.

Hootin'Anni said...

What an interesting story to go with the silver rings!! (at least they're colored silver, right?)

I learned a lot today.

Mine's posted....come by if you can.
Happy Weekend.

Viamarie said...

Nice story.

Mine's up too.

Sanni said...

Aaaaah, I guess this is the ring you have mentioned in a Feast a few weeks ago, isn´t it? It´s beautiful!

Bei uns hat es gestern geschneit, aber leider nur ein paar Schneeflocken...

Schönes Wochenende =)

Debbie said...

Now that is really cool. I had never heard of this before and it is very interesting to read about! Different take on the theme for sure!

My silver is up. Happy Saturday!

Danella said...

What an interesting story, thank you for sharing it and for stopping by!

Gattina said...

I have already seen those rings, but didn't know the story. Very interesting indeed.

Maribeth said...

How interesting! It must fill you with pride to wear this.
Two asides.
1. I love Kipling. He wrote my favorite poem about his dog.
2. I didn't do Photo Hunters this week, but I did put up a video of the pups.

Daisy said...

I love your pretty rings.

Beckie said...

Really cool. Thanks for the story too~very interesting. I'm up at http://beckie-photoblog.blogspot.com

eija said...

This learning about so many new things is one thing that makes photo hunt so fun.

I'm not an engineer, but I've worked with those since 1989. In Finland they don't have anything like the iron ring.

Thanks for stopping by :)

pat said...

Wow great rings and very interesting story with it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Lisa said...

What a great story behind the ring. I think that makes it so much more meaningful.

Have a great weekend.

GEWELS said...

Nice take on the theme. And,nice to have things that mean so much.
Mine's up

Connie said...

I never knew about such a ring. How wonderful...Thanks for sharing that information.

Have a great day.
Take care,
Connie
Thanks for visiting. Love Dragonheart!

Leslie said...

Wow! Very interesting. I had no idea there was such a thing. You must be very proud to wear it. Excellent choice for the hunt!

Ma said...

Wow! That's really great! It is a very interesting story.

Thanks for stopping by.

Expat Traveler said...

wow! What a cool bit of knowledge about graduation as an engineer in Canada... Learning something new in the country I'm living in.. :)

Jane said...

I never heard of that tradition before. It's very interesting.What a special ring!

Smalltown RN said...

great choice..and thanks for the history behind the ring...thanks for sharing....

Happy Saturday....my pic is up

Barbara H. said...

I never heard of this before. Wonderful!

Thanks for stopping by!

sarala said...

I just learned something. Thanks.

Heart of Rachel said...

Lovely rings and equally interesting story behind it. Thanks for sharing. Mine is up too.

srp said...

Thanks for stopping by.
What an honor and what a great tradition! I haven't heard of any such tradition for engineers before. But as a colleague once told me "There are libraries full of books, full of things I don't know"; thanks for the education!

eph2810 said...

Wow - I didn't know you are an engineer - very cool. Thank you for sharing the back-story to the ring and the ritual.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm. Heard it is cold in Germany.

mackeydoodle said...

How cool to add the story behind the picture.
Mines up.

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Yoshi said...

Wow, usually I visit the photohunt to learn better ways to shoot photos. Today I learned a lot more than that!

Thanks!

Melli said...

Verrrrry cool! I knew nothing like this existed! I don't think American engineers have anything like it. I don't believe my grandfather did anyway....

Biker Betty said...

Now that's a very cool silver post. Thank you very much for sharing what the Iron Ring stands for. It's very impressive and really leave the reciever with lots to think about. Congratulations on earning the ring.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend,
Biker Betty :)

PEA said...

I had never heard of an Iron Ring and the story behind it...that is so very interesting!! This is my first time participating in the Photo Hunt...great fun:-)

PastorMac's Ann said...

Great picture and I really appreciated the story behind your special little ring.

Perfect choice for The Hunt this week. Very creative.

Teena said...

Thanks for the story to go along with the ring! I graduated from St. F.X.U. in Antigonish, NS. Our grad ring is a black "X" ... very distinctive also.

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

Larry said...

your ring is well deserved too -- my brother is a chemical engineer and still proudly wears his iron ring over 35 years since entering the profession.

meeyauw said...

I love history like that. Kipling? Amazing. It's a great ring and a wonderful ceremony. Thank you for telling us.

Desert Diva said...

What an amazing ring with a great story to go with it!

Runaway Rubber Duckie said...

I have heard of these - Did they not used to be made from iron from the fallen bridge in Vancouver? I have never seen one, thanks!

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Stainless it may be but it still looks like silver to me. Great post.
Wasn't able to join the Photo hunters. I was at a loss when I was going to post and all of a sudden I couldn't open my own blogger as I was switched to the new blogger buzz and not the blogger beta. They said blogger beta is already dead and this is the new one. So anyway, no Photo Hunter today but have something special for everyone. It is better than silver and gold. Please do visit if you have the time.