The Professional Engineer - Promoting professional engineering

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Career Variety

Professional engineers have access to a huge variety of career paths, including some less obvious, that we take for granted in our lives, such as the leisure industry, automotive engineering, police technical support and production of world leading pharmaceuticals etc.

In the leisure industry who designs the thrill rides in fun parks such as Disney World?

The Hulk roller coaster at Universal Islands of Adventure

How do you qualify to become a car designer?

Do you know that R2D2 from Star Wars was developed and built by a UK engineer Professor Tony Dyson from an artist’s conceptual sketches provided to George Lucas. In the beginning he built 8 in order to provide all the requested functionality. Prof Dyson went on to work on the Superman 2, Moonraker and Dragonslayer films etc.
When making R2D2 he was assisted by another UK chartered mechanical engineer Dr David Watling who went on to design the face of the original movie “Alien.”and to design computer controlled superbug killing robots for hospitals that pump hydrogen peroxide around sealed wards to battle deadly infections such as C-difficile and MRSA. Practical things do come from science fiction!

Who designed the flat screen TV? In fact the first were built in the 1950’s and others were in operation for more than 30 years within the UK research industry before they reached the high street.

A fictitious retina scanner was first seen in a James Bond movie and when the head of the CIA saw it he sanctioned engineering research to make the first. Now they are commonplace.

Scotland is a world leader in computer games engineering with blockbusters such as Grand Theft Auto being designed and developed in Dundee and Edinburgh.

The pre-production virtual reality science behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes –the Fox Studios blockbuster, was developed by Matt Bett a lecturer in Gaming Engineering at Abertay University.

The Rolling Stones employed a structural engineer on their “Bridges to Babylon” world tour to ensure structural safety on each show.

If you review the “Input Youth” site here, it illustrates something of the huge variety of engineering careers that are possible.

 

Engineering Council list of Institutions

The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession. It sets and maintains internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics. These are detailed in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

The Engineering Council’s website lists 36 institutions that it licences to award engineering qualifications including CEng. Looking at this list on the Engineering Council website gives an indication of the wide scope of careers in engineering. The table below also lists the 36 Institutions and gives links to relevant career information. Further information about careers on the Engineering Council website can be found here in the CEng e-Book

The list does not cover all the opportunities. Further descriptions of engineering careers can be accessed via the table below.

All Institutions on the Engineering Council list

Discipline Institution Career information
Information technology BCS Careers and skills
Non-destructive testing BINDT Careers
Building services engineering CIBSE About building services
Highways and transportation CIHT
Plumbing and heating CIPHE
Water and environmental management CIWEM Careers
Energy EI Careers
Agricultural engineering IAGRE Careers
Civil Engineering ICE About civil engineering
Chemical Engineering IChemE Why not Chemical Engineering
Cast metals engineering ICME Careers information
Diesel and gas turbine engineering IDGTE
Engineering design IED Careers
Electrical, etc. IET Becoming an Engineer
Fire Engineering IFE
Gas Engineering IGEM
Highway Engineering IHE
Healthcare engineering IHEEM
Lighting engineering ILP Careers
Marine Engineering IMarEST
Mechanical Engineering IMechE Industries
Measurement and control INSTMC
Military engineering INSTRE
Acoustics IOA Careers
Material, minerals, mining IOM3 Why Study Materials? | Materials Careers | Rocks
Physics IOP Careers
Medical engineering IPEM Careers
Railway and Signal Engineering IRSE Careers
Structural Engineering IStructE Careers
Water Engineering InstW Careers
Aeronautical Engineering RAeS Cool Aeronautics
Nuclear Engineering NInst
Naval Architecture RINA Careers in Naval Architecture

Building

CIOB About Building Services
Environmental Engineering EnvSoc Careers
Transport, Plant, Surveying SOE
Welding WI

Other engineering career descriptions

DisciplineInstitutionCareer information
Building and constructionCIOB, ACEhere
Software engineerBCShere, Link
Hardware EngineeringBCSInput Youth, here
Pharmaceutical Engineeringhere
Police Serviceshere
Automotive Engineeringhere
Sound Engineeringhere
Oil and Gas OPITO myoilandgascareer.com

 

More career information

Input Youth

IESIS has an agreement with Input Youth which allows direct access from this website to their excellent jobes guide database. For jobs/qualifications/salary data on many more engineering careers search their database here and click on "Jobs Guides" for information on careers such as:

Want to compare other careers/prospects/salaries with engineering?
The Input Youth database describes almost every job imaginable from Abbatoir Operative to Zoologist


Sound Engineering

Big recording groups such as One Direction and from Glasgow, Glasvegas and Travis etc. are routinely supported by sound engineers and/or graduate electronics engineers on all their touring and studio sessions.

Sound engineer

The sound engineer is using laptop software via wi-fi to balance the sound from within the audience during the performance of Glasgow band Soul-Fi on the Glasgow Winterfest stage in George Square. A state of the art example of what is becoming everyday high technology in the entertainment industry

25 UK Universities offer 46 degree courses in and related to sound engineering/sound technology.

Prominent among them are:

 

Automotive Engineering

automobile engine

Several UK universities offer B.Eng and M.Eng courses in vehicle design and most are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and some also by the Institution of Engineering and Technology as satisfying academic requirements towards Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) status.

These courses include the study of vehicle design, drivetrain, vehicle body and engineering systems plus the application of industry standard computing systems for analysis and design.

A selection can be found below:

Police Services

The Scottish Police Services Authority have an ongoing need for IT and Computer engineering graduates to help them support Police forces/agencies in their fight against crime. SPSA staff develop bespoke software and support third party software products. There are also staff in key Technical Services and Operations and Support roles. In addition, staff provide support with the investigation of computer related crimes and are involved in the production of 3D graphics for presentation in criminal cases. For more information on careers see web link http://www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment/

Pharmaceutical Engineering

Professional engineers build and design the facilities and equipment that are used to manufacture your medicines. The pharmaceutical industry needs Chemical, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical Instrument and Control and Computer engineers in order to provide this. The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers provides a body of knowledge and opportunity for engineers to work to a common goal serving the industry, setting standards and providing a post graduate professional certification. (see web site www.ispe.org.)

pills

The career will involve you in the design, validation and commissioning of highly complex facilities for the manufacture of life saving drugs including sterile production of injectable forms of treatment.

Building and Construction Engineering/Management

In addition to the engineering and design effort in the creation of facilities such as buildings, bridges, process plant/refineries, oil and gas terminals, tunnels, pipelines etc, the construction of major multi-million pound projects can be hugely complicated.

The leading major engineering design companies and consultancies routinely consider, from the project outset, just how they will be constructed and how designs will be affected by the needs of the building methods, building logic, safety and the project timetable.

In recent years the Construction /Building Engineer and Manager have emerged as specialists who can advise the engineering team on such issues.

In addition, there are many routes for professional engineers into the management of major construction projects following graduation in a specialty such as civil, structural and mechanical engineering through further training and post graduate courses.

There are degree courses available specifically in construction and building engineering as specialist options should this be where your interest lies.

To find out more it is worth accessing the websites of some of the leading professional bodies which include:

The Chartered Association of Building Engineers
For “Chartered Building Eng” qualification.
CABE recently received a Royal Charter.

The Chartered Institute of Building
They accredit courses leading to the “Chartered Builder” qualification.
Also have a Royal Charter.

Degree courses in Scotland that relate to Buildilng and Construction Engineering Managment include:

o  BSc Hons Architectural Technology - Edinburgh Napier University
o  MSc/Bsc Hons Construction Management - Glasgow Caledonian University
o  BSc Hons Construction Project Management - Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
o  BSc Hons Sustainable Construction - Inverness College, University of the Highlands
o  MSc Construction Project Management - Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

 

Computer Hardware and Software Engineering

What's the difference? And what kind of careers paths are available to students who are considering the study of computing?

The first issue to keep in mind is that a lot of the study for qualifications in the computing sector are strongly influenced by the USA (e.g. including many of the main computer languages) as that country has been a major driving force behind modern developments, via companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and IBM. This influences the curricula of the various university degrees across the worldincluding in Britain.

You can qualify to Chartered Engineer status in both computer hardware and software engineering

Engineers in both of these areas find employment in a wide range of fields including engineering, scientific research, manufacturing, medicine, big business, banking, etc.

Computer Hardware Engineering

This can be regarded as “the intersection of electrical engineering and computer architecture” where engineers have to apply their learning about electronic and electrical engineering, computer systems and programming to design and build computer hardware.

The work can be in the design of a wider range of hardware items such as: central processing units, keyboards, manual control interface equipment, printers, memory storage equipment, system servers, Wi-Fi equipment, complex operating plant and entertainment equipment, computer systems including those for industrial manufacturing machinery, cars and aircraft, Xboxes etc, etc.

Obviously hardware engineers find themselves working closely with software engineers.

For more information about a career in hardware engineering see here

Computer Software Engineering

Software engineers work with and develop computer software programs that tell computers what to do by using coded instructions. They need knowledge of mathematical analysis, engineering and computer science.

Mostly, software engineering career routes tend to be in either computer applications engineering or computer systems engineering:

For more information about a career in software engineering see here