What is engineering?

Engineering is behind everything - from the train you travel in to your mobile phone and the shoes on your feet.

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Engineers shape the word we live in, by designing, creating, testing, and improving almost every product or process you can think of!

The deodorant you used this morning? Chemical engineers will have tested out the product in a laboratory. What about your new tablet computer? Electronics engineers have had a hand in making it. The car you travelled in? Automotive engineers have worked in a team to make it happen. 

Try and imagine what the future might look like...

• A robot that makes your morning cuppa and records your favourite TV shows
• A trip to Mars
• Jeans which are self-cleaning

Engineers are constantly dreaming up future innovations like these!


Where do Engineers Work?

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Engineering plays a big part in an exciting range of businesses and industries, including space, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion, construction and much more.

With engineering, you can follow your interests – if sport is your thing, you can work as an engineer improving the performance of new tennis rackets. If you want to make a difference to people’s lives, you can help develop artificial limbs or work in a team to rebuild a community following a natural disaster.

Engineers work in lots of different settings – in offices, laboratories, recording studios, hospitals, underground and at sea. The variety of the job is one of the most exciting things about it. 

 

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If you can see yourself becoming an engineer in the future, there are different pathways you can take to get there – through training on the job or going to university – there is a journey for everyone.

Useful subjects for engineering are maths and science (particularly physics), though chemistry, design & technology, IT, computing and certain other subjects can also help.

 

You can find out more about how to get into engineering by clicking on one of the links below:

For information relating to 11 to 14 year-oldsclick here.
For information relating to 14 to 16 year-oldsclick here.
For information relating to young people over 16click here.
If you're a teacher, parent, guardian, careers advisor, STEM ambassador or employer, click here.



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