If you’re happy and you know it

Engineering is a happy profession and, to make this clear to any sceptics, a large number of them have been captured dancing to “Happy”, the hit single by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, which has sold 10 million copies globally.

Indeed, such has been the song’s popularity – and more or less permanent inclusion on playlists – that it could be argued we need no reminding of it. Whether we need reminding of engineers’ happiness with their profession is another matter.

Anyway, that’s exactly what we’ve got courtesy of Sir John Armitt (deliverer-in-chief of the London 2012 Olympics), caught on camera grooving his way down a flight of stairs, as well as a group of workers on the Victoria underground station upgrade throwing shapes (albeit different types of shape and not in perfect synchronisation).

Many other examples abound, including – in the picture seen on this page – engineers clearly having a whale of a time at Becton sewage works in East London. Yes, you read it right.

The initiative was the brainchild of the Institution of Civil Engineers, which said in a statement that young people “carry the perception that engineering is uncreative and boring”. “We want to bust this myth,” it continued, and “what better way to do this than through a tribute to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” hit”?

Indeed – and why stop at engineering? Maybe the same ill-informed perception is held regarding infrastructure investment. We look forward to receiving evidence of fund manager happiness and will gladly publish it within these pages.