Engineers work in an ever-expanding range of situations and increasingly specialise in providing engineering services to particular industries or market sectors. You might choose to pursue a career in areas as diverse as construction, drilling, telecommunications, medicine, naval architecture, landscaping or even food technology.
As an assistant engineer, you would work as a junior member of a team, under the guidance of a more senior colleague. Typically, you would be involved in helping to plan, design and test engineering solutions to particular problems in your industry. As well as the design aspects of the engineering, you might also find yourself calculating the costs of a project, as well as addressing its safety aspects and planning to deliver by agreed deadlines. You might work in a dedicated department of a large engineering company, or assist a consultant engineer, brought in from an outside agency to advise a client.
You'll typically help with designing or refining products or processes, from very large industrial machinery and vehicles, down to the smallest manufactured objects and components. You'll be familiar with working from plans and briefs to construct and test working prototypes. You will be comfortable working with mathematical and computer models to explore and develop your designs.
- Strong understanding of engineering principles and practices
- Ability to produce detailed specifications from outline designs
- Good team-work skills