Engineering is everywhere! It helps transform people's lives around the globe. Practically anything you can think of has some engineering behind it, from your smartphone and hair styling products to the car you travel in and the shoes on your feet. Here are 10 different types of engineering and some of the jobs they could lead to:

 

  • Aerospace engineering could lead to…designing jet engines, new generation spacecraft, drones, accident investigation and making flying more environmentally friendly.

 

  • Biomedical engineering could lead to… developing life-saving medical devices, e.g. robotic surgical instruments, researching materials for implants, building rehabilitative equipment e.g. wheelchairs, and applying engineering technology to make healthcare in hospitals work better.

 

  • Chemical engineering could lead to researching new ways to beat cancer, working out how to remove impurities from drinking water and developing new methods of safe nuclear energy production.

 

  • Civil engineering could lead to… designing and testing flood barriers, restoring power to communities affected by natural disasters, tunnelling, constructing stadiums, and designing transport networks.

 

  • Electrical and electronic engineering could lead to… working on wind turbines, electric cars and power networks; designing smartphones, GPS systems and medical equipment.

 

  • Energy engineering could lead to… coming up with solutions for cutting emissions, developing new ways to generate electricity and improving the way we store and distribute energy. It’s a broad sector that includes oil and gas, nuclear power and renewable energy, e.g. biofuels, wind, hydro and solar energy.

 

  • Manufacturing engineering could lead to… developing products and processes for Formula 1 teams, developing manufacturing methods for new medical or food products, and designing hi-tech factories that can manufacture wind turbine blades on an industrial scale.

 

  • Marine engineering could lead to…shipbuilding; designing and repairing leisure boats; building and operating offshore platforms, rigs, pipelines and equipment, and checking the seaworthiness of ships and offshore installations.

 

  • Mechanical engineering could lead to… designing and testing improvements to prosthetic limbs; using computer-aided-design to design the parts for cars, planes and trains; working on the next generation of spacecraft and designing the heating and cooling ventilation systems for multi-storey hotels.

 

  • Software engineering could lead to… designing operating systems on a PC, apps on smartphones and big databases in banks that manage your money. Most electronic devices have tiny computers embedded inside that need software to make them work, such as central heating controllers, car engine management systems and smart TVs.