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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24: The procedures for examining the certificates of engineers residing in the country did not exclude any of the new or old residents, some of whom have been in the profession for more than 40 years, reports Al-Qabas daily. In order to filter the labor market and purify it from the profession’s claimants, the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE), with the cooperation of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), is continuing with the procedures for scrutinizing and verifying the certificates issued by Arab and foreign universities to ensure that the engineering profession is practiced by only those Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti specialists who hold certificates.
The society subjected the testimony of a Palestinian engineer named Muhammad Howmel (84 years of age) to test when he submitted a request to renew his work permit, despite working for 48 years in Kuwait under the title of “Engineer”. Howmel held a meeting with the interviewing committee in the Kuwait Society for Engineers to complete the accreditation procedures. He explained that he graduated in the former Soviet Union, and has been practicing his profession in Kuwait since 1974. Throughout this period he did not need to use his certificate or its accreditation.
Howmel said, “After requesting the approval of my certificate through PAM, we received an appointment with the interviewing committee in the society. Their procedures were carried out, and the certificate was approved”. He praised this step, which he says enhances the value of the profession and preserves the rights of workers in its field.
Also, Head of the Kuwait Society of Engineers Faisal Al- Atl affirmed the society’s keenness to facilitate the engineering expertise residing in the country, but without compromising the issue of approving the certificates they hold, and ensuring their validity and safety of obtaining them, within the procedures and cooperation between the society and PAM, and with the aim of filtering the labor market of the profession wannabes.
He said the society and the authority are keen to facilitate procedures for engineers and applicants for accreditation certificates, to obtain the title of engineer, as the necessary procedures are followed through the interviews and examinations committee, with the cooperation of Kuwait University, the Public Authority of Applied Education and Training (PAAET) and the holders of engineering expertise in the country.
In addition, statistics issued by the Public Authority of Civil Information (PACI) revealed that there are 40,709 engineers in the country, 26.3 percent of whom are citizens. The statistics showed that the percentage of male specialists in engineering and architecture is about 84 percent, and there are approximately 4,000 Kuwaiti female engineers in this field. As for the division of the age group of Kuwaiti engineers, most of them are in the age group between 30 and 34 years. There are 106 Kuwaiti engineers in the labor market who are over 60 years of age