Engineers apply scientific and mathematic knowledge to create solutions for various technical problems.
Engineers and scientists are slightly different, with engineers focusing more on the application of science. They are often seen as the link from scientific discoveries to their application in the real world.
Important subjects related to engineering include physics, chemistry, biology, algebra, calculus and English.
Engineers are typically in demand and receive good salaries.
Engineers usually specialize in one or more disciplines of engineering.
Different disciplines of engineering include chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. These disciplines can be further broken down into even more specialist roles such as molecular engineering and structural engineering.
As an engineer you may work on the production of products, the building of structures, the design of computer systems, the manufacturing of vehicles and other roles.
When building structures, materials, systems and machines, it is important for engineers to be practical with regards to safety and cost.
Engineers can be in charge of large projects that rely on safety and reliability. Engineering societies often have codes of practice and ethics put in place that help maintain good practices and work of a high quality among engineers.
The word engineer comes from Latin words meaning ‘devise’ and ‘cleverness’.