Have you ever wondered what engineers do? Engineers answer the question how. How do we get to the moon? How do we cross a river and how do we fly like a bird? Engineers design, create, and innovate. We solve problems using the scientific method; a set of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring or correcting knowledge. An engineer works between scientific discoveries and the applications that meet societal and consumer needs.
We are problem solvers.
Engineers have specialties such as mechanical, electrical, civil, aerospace, and many more and each of the specialties can have subdivisions. Civil engineering, for instance, includes structural and transportation engineering. Mechanical engineering includes machine design, thermodynamics, fluids, and HVAC. They may specialize in one industry, such as automobiles, or in one type of technology, such as steel or steam turbines.
Engineers use the tools of science and mathematics to produce and analyze designs. We simulate and test how a machine, structure, or system operates in order to create technical specifications. All to monitor the quality of products and to control the efficiency of processes.
Engineers design many products from strings to satellites.
Engineers design products used in our every-day lives to missiles that launch into space. In addition, we apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop economical solutions to technical problems. To develop products, engineers must consider several factors. For example, in developing an industrial robot, engineers must determine and specify the functional requirements precisely. They must design and test the robot’s components and integrate the components to produce the design and finally evaluate the design’s overall effectiveness, cost, reliability, and safety. Subsequently, processes like this apply to the development of many different products, such as metals, phones, power plants, airplanes, and children’s’ toys.
Many engineers work in testing, production, and maintenance. They supervise factories, determine the causes of component failures, and test manufactured products for proper quality. Moreover, they estimate the time and cost required to complete projects.
Engineers are quite possibly the most underrated occupational group.
We build homes, offices, roads, bridges, hospitals, communication lines, waterworks, power systems and other infrastructures. Almost all the modern world uses computers; that were created by engineers. Furthermore, engineers created our modern society. As a result, we are important, very important.
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