Engineering is a big topic


Engineering is a big topic

ENGINEERING IS A BIG TOPIC

Other than the grown (un-interfered with) or the natural, most things we have heard of, we see, or we touch, are either handmade or manufactured. From the hospital we were born in, the car we went home in, the road we traveled on, the home we went home to, the crib we were laid down in, to the mobile in our pocket today, all were conceived -based on theory or experiment- and developed individually or with others, and this process of intelligent and experimental thought is at the heart of what an engineer may do.

We all have our own prejudices but if you think about it, not only do we each know that little or nothing in the world is perfect, we each have our own ideas about what it is that could be improved as a matter of importance and priority.

‘Engineering’ is the catch-all term we use to collect the immense universe of form and function we are faced with, so it will not be a surprise to discover that there is no end to the range of subjects engineering covers.

Science, technology and design, are combined with mathematics to progress the development of new and/or old products but, and this is important, none should be ruled out through lack of knowledge or interest in the others: not being an accomplished mathematician should not be perceived as a block to developing one or more of the other myriad skills or interests.

This is as helpful as it is confusing but the reason I bring it to your attention is because many conceive the term ‘engineering’ to conjure up images of steel being turned on lathes, or the building of a simple bridge. (If you would like an idea of the complexities and diversities of modern bridge building you can take a look at this for an eye-opener). The fact is that a host of those who are involved in the engineering process never go near a construction site. So, whether you enjoy the office environment, working on site, or a combination of the two, there are opportunities everywhere.

…WITH BIG OPPORTUNITIES

Any object of any significance has engineering at the very heart of it. Whether it is Norway’s $47BN Coastal Highway, a new sewer in London, or a gizmo that fits on the head of a pin for the medical profession, engineers are required to recognise and identify the opportunity as well as the specification, schedule, and budgets, for the manufactured finished solutions.

For some the world changes greatly if we introduce the word ‘software’ to engineering. Computer games, and more recently, AI (artificial intelligence) have grown and developed way beyond the boundaries, even dreamt of, thirty years ago.

Privatised space travel is about to commence and you are welcome to go online and buy your ticket right now.

THE GOOD NEWS

Virtually all of the numerous branches, collectively known as engineering, are currently enjoying substantial demand and reward in equal measure, all over the world.

Go to typesofengineeringdegrees.org for some idea of the enormous scope. Every branch has opportunity written all over it and could just represent the ideal solution for your new or developing career.

Equal opportunities? The UK is showing small but ever more positive steps in encouraging females (currently 12% in engineering), to share in the opportunities too. In certain instances, it is way, way better than that: telegraph.co.uk/business/women-in-engineering/female-engineers-building-crossrail/. While the article is a year old, the message is clear: there are truly exciting jobs in the UK and almost any other country you care to think of.

PLANNING IN ADVANCE

Every major build requires thousands of contributors and it could be a serious error to imagine that you may not be included in the offer process. A professional CV writing service will adjust your CV and tune your covering letter to an individual prospect that will be essential in getting forthcoming projects lined up in advance.

EXCELLENT REWARDS & PACKAGES

It is almost expected that the truly big projects, such as a mega-airport in Beijing or Apple’s new HQ in Silicon Valley, hire for the term of the build. Contractors are used to scouring the world for the skills they require and, don’t forget, they already know these skills are in short supply. In and outside the UK For every Crossrail or HS2 there are many thousands more smaller and less publicised construction sites all over the UK and the rest of the world.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

2018 was announced as the government’s year for engineering and here is a link to their site for some of the possible training, internships, and apprenticeships: gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-landmark-campaign-to-inspire-next-generation-of-engineers

There are a huge number of degree courses and a good proportion of these are online, providing the additional opportunity to remain in your current employment or find something else alongside your degree course. Thames Water, amongst others, offer an innovative return to work for men and, especially, for women.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

There are a huge number of degree courses and a good proportion of these are online, providing the additional opportunity to remain in your current employment or find something else alongside your degree course. Thames Water, amongst others, offer an innovative return to work for men and, especially, for women.

https://www.raeng.org.uk for The Royal Academy of Engineering
https://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/en-GB/information/careers.html for Rolls Royce careers and apprenticeships
Government launches £1.5m fund for ‘return to work’ projects
https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk › News › Articles
http://jcbacademy.com/apprenticeships/ for the JCB Academy
https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/Careers/Working-for-us/Rewards-and-benefits

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