UBC Engineers embrace new tradition: Iron Pin Ceremony marks commitment to professionalism from the start

A total of 2400 students, faculty and staff have promised to abide by a code of ethics during Iron Pin Ceremonies launched this fall by the UBC EUS, Vancouver campus.

With 900 first-year engineering students taking the pledge today, a total of 2400 students, faculty and staff have promised to abide by a code of ethics during Iron Pin Ceremonies launched this fall by the UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS), Vancouver campus. The new tradition marks each student’s entrance into the path of a professional course of study and commitment to abiding by a code of ethics. The ceremony also serves to welcome new students as UBC Engineers.
Engineers adhere to a code of ethics that guides them through personal and professional decisions. This code is integrated into an engineer’s professional journey from the Iron Ring Ceremony upon graduation to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGBC) Code of Ethics. Ethics are not only important to professional engineers, but also play a large role in the lives of engineering students.
“Last year, as part of our inclusivity initiative, the EUS started to address the lack of early education surrounding this important aspect of our profession,” says EUS President Veronica Knott. “With the support of the Faculty of Applied Science, we have been working to develop the Iron Pin Ceremony. We intend this ceremony to become a symbol of each student’s entrance into the profession and being a UBC Engineer. This will become an annual tradition, to welcome all incoming students into the UBC Engineering community with a pin marked by their entrance year.”
The UBC Engineering Code of Ethics is adapted from the APEGBC Code of Ethics, to be relevant to students and their time as a UBC Engineer. For the EUS, each line of the code relates back to its executive and volunteer structure and their roles as leaders in the society.
For more information and to view the pledge, visit: ubcengineers.ca/eus/traditions/ironpin.