Fundamentally, engineers are problem solvers. The first hand work of engineers can be experienced in all parts of our daily lives including making a telephone call, riding a mountain bike, flying in a plane, walking across a bridge and even wearing perfume or aftershave!
Engineers solve scientific and practical problems which affect all aspects of our lives underpinning economic activity and quality of life.
As an engineer you may be involved in design, production, research or running businesses. You may work for a small or large business or even a multi-national company anywhere in the world. Engineering gives you great opportunities for travel and working abroad.
Civil engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of civil and mining engineering structures.
Design and development engineers conceive engineering designs from product ideas or requirements in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.
Mechanical engineers undertake research and design, direct the manufacture and manage the operation and maintenance of engines, machines, aircraft, vehicle and ships’ structures, building services and other mechanical items.
Jobholders in this area operate machines to drill, bore, grind, cut, mill or otherwise shape metal workpieces.
Workers in this area operate boilers to produce hot water or steam and attend and operate compressors, turbines, electrical substations, switchboards and auxiliary plant and machinery to fuel nuclear reactors, drive blowers and pumps, electricity generators and other equipment.
Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.
Metal working machine operatives operate machines to cut, shape, abrade and otherwise machine metal, use hand and power tools to remove surplus metal and rough surfaces from castings, forgings or other metal parts, and clean, smooth and polish metal workpieces.
Metal working production and maintenance fitters erect, install and repair electrical and mechanical plant and industrial machinery, fit and assemble parts and sub-assemblies in the manufacture of metal products and test and adjust new motor vehicles and engines.
Precision instrument makers and repairers make, calibrate, test and repair precision and optical instruments such as barometers, compasses, cameras, calibrators, watches, clocks and chronometers.
Production and process engineers advise on and direct technical aspects of production programmes to ensure cost-effectiveness and efficiency. This group includes planning and quality control engineers who plan production schedules work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability; and chemical engineers who undertake research on commercial scale chemical processes and processed products, design and provide specifications and direct the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of chemical plants and control systems.
Quality control and planning engineers plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability.
Workers in this group perform a variety of technical support functions.