The first thing to say about engineering is that it covers so many different types of activity that it's very hard to define.

  • Engineers make things, they make things work and they make things work better
  • Engineers use their creativity to design solutions to the world’s problems
  • Engineers help build the future

Engineers work on a vast range of different areas that affect people. These include things such as advances in biomedical engineering like new materials for hip replacements or advanced prosthetics.

Engineers build the world around us including buildings, roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. Engineers also manage our water, gas and electricity supplies and they also develop new ways to generate electricity such as wind and solar power.

Engineers make the food we eat and the medicines we take. They also develop new materials like high performance sports fabrics or new electronic displays.

Have a look at the engineer case studies section for more information about the type of work engineers do and if you are interested in pursuing a career in engineering, have a look at the routes into engineering careers section.