Engineers shape the world we live in, by designing, testing and improving almost every product or process you can think of.
Engineers are essential team members in more industries than you might think, including space, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion, construction and many more. It’s also worth noting that jobs in this sector are very well paid.
Design is all about creative thinking and problem solving and the UK is renowned for producing some of the most creative minds in the world. From designing a sleek, aerodynamically perfect car to the construction of award-winning buildings, engineers are at the core of the process.
Study for Engineering
Studying maths, chemistry and physics at GCSE are great backgrounds for a career in this field but other, relevant subjects including design and technology and computing are also extremely helpful.
At A-level, maths, physics, chemistry, engineering and computing are the best subjects to study. Alternatively, a BTEC Level 3 in a relevant subject such as engineering, IT or applied science would put you in a great position for further study.
At degree level, general engineering degrees are on offer at many universities, along with degrees in more specialised areas like chemical or electrical engineering.
Work experience in creative engineering will make you stand out from the crowd when applying to universities and for jobs or apprenticeships.
Profile of an acoustic engineer
Chris Perry is an acoustic engineer, here’s what he has to say –
“Acoustic engineering is a lot like mechanical engineering, but just for sound and vibrations, which is really interesting because it’s more difficult to predict how they will act.
“We have to learn how to think outside the box. Like many engineering courses it’s very mathematical. An interest or basic knowledge in physics helps too.
“I was taught computer programming at university. There are various coding languages used to model and simulate sound and vibrations in the real world and I’ve always learned how to write programs to manipulate digital sound.
“One of the most popular prospects is acoustic consultancy, where you are hired to assess environmental and architectural acoustic factors in the building and design industry.
“Consultants are used in nearly all constructions and it’s a really important job. Other careers though might be in loudspeaker design or digital signal processing. Did a year in industry working as an assistant engineer with a consultancy firm as part of my degree, which was great for developing job prospects.”