Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest disciplines that combines engineering physics and mathematical principles with materials science. It involves the design, analysis, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical systems.
The fundamentals of mechanical engineering go back
thousands of years, emerging as a field during the Industrial Revolution in
Europe. It continued to evolve and, today, mechanical engineers are involved in
areas such as composites, mechatronics, and nanotechnology.
Engineering in any sense of the word is a rewarding and
exciting career that plays a vital role within the UK economy. Mechanical engineering
is all about designing, developing, testing and manufacturing materials for a
wide variety of industries and applications.
A Mechanical Engineer is responsible for anything from
building engine components and maintaining industrial equipment to servicing
robotic machinery. In this article, we briefly cover aspects of mechanical engineering
along with essential tips for graduates seeking a career within the industry.
UK Manufacturing has continued its upward trend and toward the end of 2017, was named the eighth largest manufacturer by output in the world. This came less than one year after claiming ninth spot. Reports from EEF and Santander shows the nation’s annual output is worth nearly $250bn. If this current growth continues, UK Manufacturing could be in the top five as early as 2020. Continue reading →
Engineers are always in high demand and none more so than in advanced engineering. Looking to the future, the industry will need about 186 000 engineers by 2024. Another report, according to The Telegraph, suggests the UK is grossly lacking skilled engineers and would need 1.8 million new engineers and technicians by 2025.
Whichever way you look at it, these are big numbers to swallow. Engineering is not only central to ensure economic growth, it plays a vital role in global challenges. Among these are climate change, food security, health and safety, biodiversity, population and water security. Adding to the increased number of opportunities, engineering can yield significant financial reward. Continue reading →
Today Sir James Dyson announced that he is to open his own institute to train engineers stating that the UK needs another million engineers in software, hardware and electronics by 2020 if UK companies are to remain competitive.
The institute, based in Malmesbury, Wiltshire will open in the Autumn of 2017 with an initial intake of 25 students and will offer a four year engineering degree in partnership with the University of Warwick. Students will be paid a salary while studying and will not pay tuition fees, but most importantly in the world of engineering, students will work on live projects alongside mentors and research staff allowing them to get hands on, real life experience. Continue reading →