Engineering Connects Science And Society….and Engineers Build The Bridges

Every stream of academic learning has to go beyond the walls of the classrooms. When an individual imbibes their education and turns it into a life skill, they become a force to reckon with. And that’s exactly why Gordon S Brown’s description of engineering and engineers is immensely powerful:

“Engineering is not merely knowing and being knowledgeable, like a walking encyclopaedia; engineering is not merely analysis; engineering is not merely the possession of the capacity to get elegant solutions to non-existent engineering problems; engineering is practicing the art of the organizing forces of technological change … Engineers operate at the interface between science and society.”

Brown’s work on servomechanisms at MIT

Engineering is Everywhere!
You may not even realise it, but you are/were probably an engineer at some point in your life! Any time that we use a tool of any kind to carry out a task, we are, in effect engineers. Basic inventions such as pulleys, wheels, levers, hammers, pliers, etc are all engineering tools. From the time that Imhotep; one of the first engineers; used his wisdom to build the Pharaoh Djsoer’s step pyramid in Saqqara, to today’s world where engineering has become a super-specialized branch of study – engineering is everywhere indeed.

Engineering is fascinating also because it brings together multiple realms of knowledge. Imagine one person with mastery over fields and subjects as diverse as fluid mechanics, physics, chemistry, biological systems, material sciences, electronics, and so on. Well, in all fairness these are specialist branches of engineering but at the very basic level, an engineer should know math, physics, & chemistry.

An engineer is everywhere too!
Engineers build, create, solve problems, and work in almost every industry. Careers in engineering are for everybody regardless of age or nationality. Consider these interesting statistics:

Engineers are to be found in different industries and organisations of different sizes – from pharmaceutical to small & medium-sized enterprises and from food to agriculture – engineers are making their presence felt in a big way indeed. It is also clear from these reports that engineers are spanning areas as diverse as aerospace, computers, geospatial science, robotics, chemical industry, environment, and manufacturing.

engineers at work

Engineers in manufacturing
Dare we say that it is a perfect match? (Yes, our company is in the manufacturing field & that’s why we make statements like that). More precisely, we are in the precision castings space and cater to customers in the medical, aerospace, domestic, and engineering fields. As an outfit that is heavily oriented towards engineering, we believe in and support the growth of engineers in multiple ways.

It is critical to give an engineer space to think, create, and grow in. Especially in complex work such as product design, process simulation, designing for manufacturing processes, and using the latest modelling software – product engineers bring in phenomenal power to the team.

In today’s world, engineering careers are for everyone because of the immense degree of specialisation that is available and the growing job opportunities too. And, perhaps most importantly, an engineer can be a powerful change agent too. As James Kip Finch said, “The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history.”