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Career examples in Engineering

The Engineer is a problem solver. “Want to cross a river?” “Get a bridge”. “Want to move large numbers of people from A to B?” “Get a train/boat/plane” and so on. Engineers use the knowledge from science of “How things occur”, and that from technology of “How to make things happen” and combine these to deliver a solution to a problem that will work “now”.   

Ann Neville is someone who studied mechanical engineering, was interested in how wear and corrosion influence each other, and built up a company that today employs about 70 people. Corrosion is a big problem that is estimated to cost industry trillions of dollars per year. If you would like to know more about her, her background and work put her name into Google and see what you can discover.

Careers in engineering can be found in just about anything that solves problems, including Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Railway Engineering, Heating Engineering, Water Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Marine Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and so on. The list is endless.

If you are interested in some aspect of engineering, try to find out where you could study the subject to the level you require. Engineering will be represented by Institutions e.g. The Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; these organisations provide much information on careers. Put the subject of your interest into Google (e.g. ventilation) and add Institution for…..

If you like what you see, approach the organisation, explain why you are contacting them and see if you can become a Member. See also the Royal Academy of Engineering.



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