The year 2013 was marked by the revelation that in Canada, there is a dire shortage of Canadian engineering skilled workers. A study by IBM added that by 2016, there might be a shortage of almost 100,000 . The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters further re-iterates this point. In light of these events, it is beneficial to look at the historic perspective of events. This article published in 1990 talks about a similar shortage then. The lessons from this article are still relevant and worthy of being republished.