In the centre of the pin badge there is a relief one-color (silvery) image of the state coat of arms of the USSR. In the lower part there is a symbol of civil engineers – a monkey wrench and a hammer.
On the reverse side the pin badge there is a fastening screw.
The method of painting is hot enamel.
The pin badge was made in the USSR in the late 1980s. It could not be bought on the open market because it was attached to the diploma of secondary technical education, which was given to a graduate after passing all final qualification exams.
The pin badge is a valuable collector’s item.
During the Soviet time the “qualification pins” for the system higher and technical secondary schools were centrally produced and given to every graduate together with the diploma.
After 1991 this tradition was ceased.
These pins were popularly called “college rhombs” or just “floats”.
In the USSR all “qualification pins” were strictly regulated and they had only two officially accepted forms: rhombus (“float”) for institutions of higher education, and hexagon (“coffin”) for secondary technical schools.
A “qualification pin” could be made of one peace of metal, or type. The presence of the USSR coat of arms and the emblem of the school affiliation was mandatory.
The rhombus or hexagon had the main enameled field of a certain colour and the edging filled with white enamel. The only exceptions were military schools – their pin badges had metal edging (wide edging without enamel).
The colour of the main field of the pin badge defined the specialization of a school: blue – for technical schools, green – for agricultural, light blue – for humanitarian, dark blue – for law, red – for medical and white – for military schools.