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the Art in Engineering

This beautifully directed and choreographed video presents the processes in turning scrap into precision components delivered to a customer’s door.

It highlights the skills and craft behind components which most people never even think about but which are often fundamental to our daily lives.

Parts we take for granted. Parts that only get noticed when they break.

The Engineers : MetalQuest Unlimited Inc

Header artwork by Atsushi Koyama

August 2017

50% of engineering graduates don’t go into engineering. Here’s why!

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 10.05.10Numerous reports have spelt out the chronic lack of young engineers. Now the Royal Academy of Engineering highlights that of those who do graduate in Engineering subjects less than 50% go on to enter the mainstream profession.

This dire fall out underlines a fundamental problem in the sector, and since engineering degrees are among the most expensive to deliver, it is also a huge waste of valuable resources. So why does this happen?

An engineering graduate’s tale

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“After 3 year’s tough studies (compared to many degrees) I’ve just graduated with an engineering degree. Now I’m looking for my first rung on the career ladder. read more

Bonuses up for Scientific and Technical Sector

Is the financial balance starting to move in favour of engineering?

According to the Office of National Statistics £42 billion of bonuses were paid out in Britain for year ending March 2015.

It is significant to note that the biggest sector drop was in the financial and insurance industries where there was a near 10% drop on the previous year.

Meanwhile in the rest of this economy the bonuses rose by 9.7% – and the sector with the biggest increase in bonuses was the professional scientific and technical services up £0.9bn on the previous year.

Let’s hope that these are a reflection that the engineering and technical sector is faring well in the economy and that in order to attract the best people companies and research establishments must reward people well. read more

How to encourage the young to delve into Engineering

My congratulations go to Imagine Publishing, I’ve just discovered their How It Works series on Amazing Technology.

These richly illustrated magazines (not cheap) give an engaging insight into the technology behind a vast selection of gadgets and topical engineering. Most importantly they present the social relevance of engineering and today’s teens want to know the WHY of a technology not just the WHAT.  This is very much the case with girls.

Academic purists will no doubt say it’s all too simplistic and lacks detail but if we are trying to encourage those around 12-15 yrs  to consider a future in Engineering these are a great aid. Teachers and parents take note. read more

Social ceiling stifles UK Engineering

Whilst commentators endlessly discuss the glass ceiling faced by women in their careers, here in the UK, Engineers as a whole face a similar barrier – a SOCIAL ceiling.

A situation highlighted by the recent Government report ‘Elitist Britain’.

Chairman of the CommissScreen Shot 2014-11-02 at 13.40.57ion, Alan Milburn underlines that the number of privately educated people in senior public roles had led to a “closed shop at the top”.

He adds “These institutions rely on too narrow a range of people, from too narrow a range of backgrounds, with too narrow a range of experiences, they  behave in ways and focus on issues that are of salience to only a minority,  not the majority in our society.” read more

Don’t Knock Jony Ive’s Passion

Following the recent launch of iPhone 6 and iWatch Yahoo’s Tech Columnist Rob Walker took a tilt at Jony Ive’s video presentations.

Now I know they’re high profile (and much mimicked) but we should be applauding Ive’s love of engineering and the way he underlines the skills of the Apple team, not belittling it.  If only there were more such engineers around, particularly here in Ive’s home country the UK.

What Jonathan underlines is that behind these products lie innovations, at many levels, which the vast majority of our consumer society just take for granted.

It’s done in a way that is low on tech speak, makes you look more closely at the product, and leads you to realise they result from the collective effort of dozens of creative engineers. Yes engineering is very creative! read more

A New President

downloadMy congratulations  to Dame Ann Dowling on becoming the first female president of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

I concur with her that there is no reason why there shouldn’t be more women in Engineering, but am slightly worried that she can’t see why there aren’t.

One of the key reasons is that our engineering community is very poor at communicating what they do and why they do it to the general public. With the exception of Dyson, JCB, Rolls-Royce, JLR the vast majority of our engineering is high-tech and B2B and lies well outside the day-to-day experiences of teenagers, parents and career advisors. read more

The Importance of Making Things

‘Why would anyone in their right mind choose a career in engineering when effort versus return clearly favours banking, law, politics or medicine’   states David Watson in his letter to the Times January 8.

Well life’s not all about money as Stephen Bayley explains.  Making things is hugely gratifying to the individual but also to society at large.

The great changes to the way we live were not created by bankers, lawyers or politicians, but by engineers.

Career Guidance for Engineers

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 19.01.11Career guidance has been much maligned of late, in particular the lack of it for engineering. Just last week I discovered www.icould.com, an excellent initiative using the power of modern media.

It’s early days for icould but with the support of a growing number of companies it has the potential to be the destination for young people seeking ideas for their future across the whole employment spectrum.

For engineering there is however one very telling video. A young man, wondering what to do with his life, is sent to an engineering company, close to his home, to apply for an apprenticeship. He is eventually successful but admits that it wasn’t until the end of the second interview that he understood what the company did. read more

Lack of Female Role models in Engineering

Belinda Parmar cites the lack of female engineering role models in her upbringing.

Whilst I understand her point the truth is that here in the UK there is lack of role models, be they male or female, for engineering and technology. If you were to ask the man or woman in the street ‘How many UK engineering businesses you can name?’ – you’d be lucky if they knew 2 or 3.

Likewise, ‘How many present day engineers can you name?’  You might get James Dyson and there it would stop. 

I can guarantee they would know far more chefs!

Then there’s the fact that a large slice of UK engineering is focused on military and defence; not exactly the industries to attract thousands of women. read more