• Question: what is the best thing about being an engineer?

    Asked by nancy on 23 Apr 2020. This question was also asked by Rohan J.
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      K-Jo O'Flynn answered on 23 Apr 2020:

      The best bit is when there is a problem, we have to open our minds to all the possibilities on how to fix them! This really helps me learn so much! Sometimes I don’t realise something until I’ve said it already and then it sort of makes sense XD I love the fact I send space structures to space also:D

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      Sophie Louth answered on 23 Apr 2020:

      Hi Nancy,

      I really like being an engineer because we get to solve problems.
      I also like being a medical engineer because I know that what I am working on will help to make people better, and potentially save lives.

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      Louise France answered on 23 Apr 2020:

      Hi Nancy

      Oooo that’s a tricky one. I think the best part about being an engineer is the ability to positively impact on people’s lives. I’m a medical engineering, so I design and make things that help people to heal quicker, or enable them to lead a better quality of life.

      Also, as an engineer you get to work with all sorts of other people! I work with doctors, scientists, patients, school children, large industry, the government, the NHS, news outlets and media etc. It is such a varied job – you will never get bored!

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      Katie Sparks answered on 23 Apr 2020:

      All sorts! The projects you get to work on, the people you work with. I really enjoy a problem and working out how to solve it, especially when that’s a team of people working together to make something happen.

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      Stephen Lang answered on 23 Apr 2020:

      Thinking up things that nobody has made before and then seeing them made and used in real life.

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      Claire Brockett answered on 23 Apr 2020:

      Knowing what you’re doing will make a difference in the world!

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      Douglas Wragg answered on 23 Apr 2020:

      Solving difficult problems and diagnosing problems.

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      Reshma Vora answered on 23 Apr 2020:

      I love being customer facing. My customers are airlines from all over the world and I love talking to people from different backgrounds and cultures, I also get to travel for work and it’s nice when you finally get to meet someone you’ve been talking to via email.

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      Jeni Spragg answered on 1 May 2020:

      One of my favourite things about it is the variety. My current role is mostly about technical issues, but I always have to be aware of all the other issues that are important too. For example, I have to think about society and the environment, as these the reasons for creating renewable energy. I also have to think about financial and business decisions, and politics too. At school I was always interested in society and politics, as well as science, so I enjoy how engineering ties all these things together.

      Engineering gives you a good foundation to be able to approach big problems in a systematic way. Then, as you progress in your career, you can figure out which parts interests you most. Some engineers might prefer to stay very technical, while others will become more focussed on business and management, or maybe will use their skills to communicate technical issues to politicians.

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      Rob Husband answered on 4 May 2020:

      Solving problems and also sharing knowledge, often i’m teaching other more senior engineers about something which is nice as it shows everyone has something to learn from everyone else in the team. I also absolutely love writing code!

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      Garrick Simpson answered on 4 May 2020:

      There are lots of good bits. I enjoy problem solving and sorting everything out. I enjoy helping other people out and making sure everyone is happy in the work they are doing

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      Frances Askill-Kirk answered on 4 May 2020:

      You will never get bored! One day is never the same as the next! There are different problems to solve and new tasks to complete every day!

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      Owen Jeffreys answered on 4 May 2020: last edited 4 May 2020 10:15 pm

      There are so many things I love about being an engineer, but if I picked a few:
      1. It really doesn’t seem like work to me – I just enjoy it so much. Designing things, building and testing things. Seeing things go wrong and go bang (that’s fun!) and seeing things work for the first time (so rewarding).
      2. The feeling that the engineering that I do will save lives somewhere in the world.
      3. The variety that an engineering career gives me – every day is so different, so I never ever get bored.

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      David Linsell answered on 5 May 2020:

      Great question. Understanding how structures, equipment and systems work; from the very simple to the very complex. Being able to understand how or why something is not working correctly. Being able to think of ways of making structures, equipment and systems better; bigger, stronger, quicker to build, more accurate, etc. Being able to develop a one-line statement, of a problem or of an idea, into a fully delivered solution.

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      Conrad Manning answered on 6 May 2020:

      Definitely being able to work on some really cool projects and finding solutions to problems (although they are entirely self/client constructed) that end up being a much more elegant product

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      Colin Donaldson answered on 7 May 2020:

      The best thing about being an engineer is the satisfaction received from solving a problem. Coming up with a solution to an issue and seeing the reaction of the people and companies you are helping out is a great feeling!

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      Juan Carlos Fallas-Chinchilla answered on 10 May 2020:

      As an engineer you acquire lots of useful skills and good understanding of how products or complex devices work or how natural phenomena or processes occur. You can transfer your skills and adapt to different jobs or environments and have interesting opportunities and help lots of people.

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      Martin McKie answered on 21 May 2020:

      The best part is problem solving. At the moment I have returned to work and I am looking at methods of utilising systems and tools with the addition of social distancing. This is to ensure we can still follow the processes making the engines to high quality, repeatability but also that we keep everyone in the business safe.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.


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      Ken Mollison answered on 6 Jun 2020:

      This answer, Nancy, I’m afraid is very similar to an answer I have given to others, but I feel it is a relevant answer to your question.
      Always learning, always asking questions, always something new to do and new people to meet, always a challenge and always rewarding on lots of levels and always able to help people along the way. For me that’s almost a definition of the important parts of engineering. Add in travelling round the World, from Alaska in the winter to Australia in the summer, developed countries and places where life is not so easy and lots and lots of places in between and sometimes not knowing where I might be next.
      These to me are all the BEST parts of what I do.

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      Asha Panchal answered on 10 Jun 2020:

      Hi Nancy…
      I’m afraid that, for me, there is no such thing as the “best thing”. All of things that I get involved in are great, from working on a ground breaking state of the art project, to sorting out projects that have gone terribly wrong. The variety of experiences you find in engineering make the career so rewarding and fulfilling.

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      Fidel Olaye answered on 16 Jun 2020:

      For me, it’s getting to travel and doing practical work

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      Kevin Burke answered on 10 Jul 2020:

      That warm glow you get inside, having contributed to a really successful project – perhaps seeing a customer use it for the first time (which for me was a combat aircraft flying over my head)