Think about your average day. The iPhone alarm you snooze in the morning was designed by an engineer. The electric toothbrush that you desperately need put on charge – it was designed by an engineer. And when you just about make it on to the bus and scan your travel card, guess what? Yeah, that was designed by an engineer too.
Even Darth Vader needed an engineer to have his Death Star built…
The world we live in has been designed by engineers and they’ll be at the forefront of creating a sustainable world for the future. From automotive engineering specialists creating environmentally green cars, to civil and structural engineers who are creating innovative energy distribution systems.
We need Engineers for the future
Water, energy, food and health are the major challenges that Engineers are focused on solving over the next 50 years.
Less than 1% of the water in the world is accessible and the population is increasing, and as it does, we expect a certain level of service. The toilets should flush when we want them to, and if we can’t get hot clean water for a soak when we need it, we’re going to have serious problems (and some seriously smelly cities).
As more people inhabit the earth, the more fresh food we are going to need. Engineers are at the forefront of creating innovative ways of growing and cultivating food, and exploring ways to develop environmentally safe transport solutions to get food to the hardest to reach places in the world. Now all we need is someone to create a salad that tastes likes pizza!
Without the innovation and creativity of an Engineer, developments in Pharmaceutical Medicines wouldn’t be possible. Engineers create safe-to-use reactors, large enough to develop medicines for the masses.
Become an Engineer
Studying a degree in any Engineering discipline gives you the basic knowledge to work on diverse projects. For example, a Chemical Engineer could have a career in materials and in the water industry, in addition to traditional oil and gas industries. Civil Engineers could make developments in the water industry too, as well as work on buildings, railways and structures.
One of our 2017 graduates, Yara Chobaki, studied Medical Engineering and is now working for GE Aviation; a top aircraft engine supplier. Others focus on excelling in their chosen field; some of our Mechanical Engineering students work for Nissan, Jaguar Land Rover and Cummins Turbo Technology.
A typical day for an Engineer is so varied that it changes for each discipline. For example, a design Engineer will most probably be in a lab trying to figure out the cheapest and most effective way of solving a problem, and an operational Engineer will be in the field operating innovative machinery.
No two days are the same and the chance to be at the forefront of developing a sustainable society is an opportunity not to be missed. You could even be the person to invent a real life R2D2.
Become a Braduate
At Bradford, we understand that graduates need to have varied skills and so our approach to Engineering is multi-disciplinary; you’ll work with students from all our Engineering programmes to explore ideas and find the best solutions to the world’s problems. #TeamBradford
We’ve already made a start on solving the grand challenges of the world – our academic tutors are working with industries all over the world to find solutions and our students get to be a part of it. Will you?