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Infrastructural Engineers
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Published: September 24, 2014
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Above everything else, Infrastructure's greatest resource is Technology. From firearms to unify the Coldlands under the Hexagon, radios and telephones to administrate it, railways and steamboats to move supplies about, ironclad warships to secure the coastline, agricultural machinery to improve farming and the factories which produce and maintain said things. Said equipment is designed by the Central Committee who, in simple terms, provide blueprints to human workers who build what they design. Early on Infrastructure this was usually done with at least partial oversight by a Committee Member at some phase. However, as Infrastructure grew the number of projects grew as well there were simply too many projects and too few committee members for this project to be viable.  At first a few mechanically inclined individuals with hands on experience were employed to handle some of the more simple tasks in their absence, but as this went on these figures were insufficient as the machines got more complex. As such, the Committee created the Corps of Engineers.

Infrastructural Engineers are the product of a dedicated training program. A fair number of Engineers were originally technicians, machinists, mechanics, blacksmiths and boatwrights, but most Engineers begin as twelve year old students who demonstrate an above average understanding of mathematics and mechanical principles as well as problem solving and memorization. This is followed by a six year enrollment at the Infrastructural Academy of Engineers. Lessons include lectures, practical demonstrations, assignments of both a theoretical and practical nature and on sight training in factories and projects under supervision, particularly in the last two years. Management skills are also stressed, but usually seen as a secondary concern to mechanical skills. For the first batches of trainee engineers, training was generalized, though it has gradually become more specialized as time went on. Enrollment in the Academy is voluntary, however those who complete Engineering training are required by law to serve the Infrastructural Government in the Corps of Engineers for twenty years. As the entry wage of an Engineer is 30 Credits a day along with other benefits and Engineers command respect across most of Infrastructure, few object to this condition.

Like Bureaucrats, Soldiers, Sailors and Enforcers, Engineers have a distinctive uniform of yellow brown canvas (with trousers being a lighter shade) as well as a distinctive steel hardhat and steel toed boots. In colder conditions iron . Engineers are categorized into five ranks (Journeyman Engineer, Engineer, Master Engineer, Engineer Overseer and Engineer Administrator), though these are not usually used in day to day conversation and as a rule higher ranking Engineers are more often assigned to higher profile work rather than being in charge of lower ranking Engineers, though this does happen. During the late 10s and 20s, it was common for engineers to be moved about from place to place frequently. Since about 30 IA a greater number of Engineers are assigned to a fixed post indefinitely such as a factory, though their are still a fair number of technical Engineers where this is not viable (such as architects).

The main functions of Infrastructural Engineers is to execute and to oversee. They oversee the creation of new factories, mines and ships at various stages and are on hand to make adjustments as needed, as well being charged with making sure that things run smoothy once things are completed and the well being of the machines. This often, though not always involves managing mechanics and technicians directly. As a rule an Infrastructural Factory has three leaders: a foreman who is elected from the various overseers and is in charge of managing labor, an Engineer tasked with the mechanical well being of the equipment and it's final products and a Bureaucrat who's job it is to serve as a link between the factory and the government. Inventing new technology is not a function of Infrastructural Engineers, though some tinkering often happens on the side.

As of 36 IA there are about 1,500 Engineers in Infrastructure. There is a slight bias towards male Engineers due to the inducted Engineers due to the induction of the previously mentioned skilled workers and more than 90% of all Engineers had either born or grew up in Dalatyr or the surrounding environs. There are several reasons for this, ranging from the area's higher standard of education in the area to the fact that the population of said regions is generally considered to be the most loyal. In 33 IA two secondary Academies of Engineering were opened: the Borogskov Nautical Institute (which specializes in nautical engineering) and the Verteb Academy of Engineering near Lake Verteb, though by 36 IA neither of these Academies has produced a graduate. However there has been some attrition, partially due to accidents but also due to Engineers becoming removed from Infrastructure illegally. This has to do either with defection (in some cases with assistance of foreign organizations) or by Engineers being abducted.
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