What is an Engineer?

Engineers are problem solvers, organisers, communicators, calculators and designers. They are capable of clearly defining a problem and its relevant constraints (such as time, cost, etc.) and providing a simple solution. They are always seeking quicker, better, and less expensive ways to improve Quality of Life for everyone.

What is Engineering?

Engineering combines the fields of science and maths to solve real world problems that improve the world around us. What really distinguishes an engineer is his ability to implement ideas in a cost effective and practical approach. This ability to take a thought, or abstract idea, and translate it into reality is what separates an engineer from other fields of science and mathematics.

What is a Consulting Engineer?

A consulting engineer is a professionally qualified engineer in private practice, maintaining an engineering office, either alone or in association with other engineers, employing staff to provide consultancy services. A consulting engineering firm may be organized in various ways depending on the size and type of its operation. Membership in a FIDIC Membership Association is the assurance that the consulting engineer subscribes to a code of conduct on professional status, independence and competence, in accordance with FIDIC’s code of ethics. Find out more about the FIDIC code of ethics by clicking here.

How do Engineers impact your life?

Engineers are the innovators, planners, and problem-solvers of our society. From computer chips and satellites to medical devices and renewable energy technologies, engineering makes our modern life possible. They are responsible for the ways in which people around the world communicate, work, and live. Whether they work in a lab with chemicals or behind a computer creating algorithm, design airplanes or biomedical implants, engineers are focused on meeting needs and making an impact.

How many Engineers does it take to build a tunnel for your drive to work each day?

A civil engineer who specializes in structural design (structural engineer) would calculate the size of the tunnel, how it is to be constructed (all of the stages) and what it is made of (reinforced concrete, etc.). In order to provide clean air and remove as much of the vehicle emissions as possible, a mechanical engineer is employed to design the ventilation system. The mechanical engineer would plan for the amount of emissions that need to removed and the process of removing them (for instance how many of a particular type of fan would be required and where they are to be installed. Don’t forget they also have to figure out where this air flows to). An electrical engineer will design the lighting as well as any control systems for hazard signs. In some cases, specialist disciplines such as environmental engineering are used to conduct an investigation into the sustainability and environmental effects of building such a tunnel.

How many types of engineers are there?

The answer to that is A Lot! Here is a brief list but as technology is evolving so are the different areas of engineering increasing.

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Audio Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chassis Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Design Engineering Jobs
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Model Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Sound Engineering
  • Structural Engineering

And as technology is evolving, the types of engineering keep evolving!