Engineering, as a subject, is a traditional area of specialism. We have a team of engineers who manufacture our threaded inserts, which are then distributed to customers all over the world. There have been engineers for centuries who have dictated how the working world has evolved. I have just asked around the office and when I asked what the team’s immediate thoughts of the profession of ‘engineering’ is, and the response was that they thought is a very male dominated industry, where engineers are seasoned professionals who have been in engineering for decades.
The age of engineering is going through change, however, as there is a growing increase in the number of young people studying engineering and looking for careers in the area, with there also being an increase in the number of females looking at the route of engineering. A study showed there was five engineering jobs per graduate, and the average starting salary for engineers being between £26-29k and rising steadily over a short amount of years to around the £40-60k area. It is easy to see why the number of students on engineering courses has increased, and why more diverse groups of people are looking at studying in this field.
When considering a career in engineering, it is important to consider a number of factors, such as skills, interests and personal traits. Here we take a look at what makes a good engineer:
- Numeracy skills. Whilst you do not need to be the greatest mathematician, it certainly does help to have a strong understanding of numeracy and an interest in mathematics in the field of engineering. Engineers will make important calculations, including making measurements, and budgeting.
- Problem solving. Engineering requires a lot of problem solving, as setting up our Davenport multi-spindle machines up to transfer them to a new job or fixing issues on the machine, requires this. If potential engineers enjoy solving problems, no matter how small or large they may be, then we encourage a career in engineering.
- Communication and teamwork. In engineering, you will not just be talking with other engineers and your colleagues, but you will speak regularly with clients and suppliers. The ability to work as part of a team, and effective communication are a must, as well as carrying out projects to consistently high standards, ensuring everyone knows what is going on.
- Creativity. The best engineers are the most proactive; thinking of new products or methods consistently.
Engineering is a wide field that offers a variety of exciting career opportunities, where future engineers can be creative, proactive, solve problems and change the world that we live in.
We here at Fitsco are always looking for proactive, outgoing and creative engineers to take the world of threaded inserts on to the next level. To read more about careers here at Fitsco, please take a look at our dedicated careers page.
Blog by Dan - 22nd July 2019
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