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Engineers have been
sorely typecast as social outcasts and misfits the word used in
the US is geek but then that's America, isn't it - and they are
still stigmatised by people who are easily intimidated or blissfully
unaware of what an engineer does for a real job.
The engineering disciplines have historically commanded the
desirable attributes of high demand and high salaries. This is
primarily due to the relatively small pool of engineers filling an
ever-growing series of disciplines. This situation is further
complicated by the number of cross-disciplinary, multiple-diversity
and mixed-genre career opportunities.
An example of a cross-disciplinary engineering position is the
engineering manager. Project and program management; systems
analysis and management; and, process design and information systems
engineering are all examples of hard and soft engineering working in
conjunction. Skills in both hands-on traditional engineering and
people-oriented business management tasks are required. The days of
a generic business administration major effectively supervising a
group of very highly educated technically-oriented professionals
many with more advanced degrees than the manager are gone. This
has given rise to the engineering manager: one who is trained in
both science and administration.
The polychotomous-diversity engineer is essentially a person who is
educated in more than one engineering discipline. As an example,
nanomotor engineering has required knowledge of both mechanical and
electrical engineering. Or protein nanomotor engineering further
requires solid grounding in biological and chemical engineering,
often in combination with a medical discipline.
Which leads directly to cross-genre engineering. Biogenetic
engineering and biomedical engineering. Biogenetics is concerned
with life at the reproductive level, where biomedical can cover a
range of tasks from joint replacement and prosthetics, to
physiological and neurological systems monitoring.
The engineering careers with the most promise for the future include
software development and design software has long been the
red-headed stepchild of engineering, but it is now generally
accepted as a legitimate engineering discipline. Any biomedical or
environmental field, especially in the microscopic areas all the way
down to the molecular level. Aerospace whether terrestrial or
space-based engineering, especially on tools, lightweight
materials, power systems, alternative energy sources and similar
tasks. Astronautics is one of the few engineering careers where
knowing a little about everything is better than knowing a lot about
one thing. In space, all one has to work with is what they have on
Choosing to be an engineer much as choosing to be a software
designer is more than simply wanting a high-paying job. Certain
innate talents are required: the desire to create something from
nothing, the ability to visualize the impossible and removing the
obstacles, skills in mathematics, physics and other related
sciences. For those seeking engineering management positions, some
grounding and practical experience as an engineer is necessary to
understand the issues and formulating an appropriate resolution and
determining if further management intervention is required.
Engineering Jobs - probably the largest choice of
Engineering Jobs in the UK!