How Engineering Has Changed

It’s no secret that engineering has changed over the years, particularly the last fifty. With technological and economic advances happening constantly, dramatic shifts in engineering are inevitable.

Simply put, the past half a century has seen an array of trends within engineering.

  • The availability of new engineered materials and processes, including biological ones
  • The universal use of information technology in both the products and processes of engineering
  • Cost and functionality once dominated engineering, though now ecological, safety, reliability and maintenance concerns are first considerations
  • Knowledge within manufacturing and service industries single products and services has universally increased
  • The role of the engineer requires further knowledge than it used to, particularly business knowledge
  • The pace of change has increased, meaning there is less time for engineers to adapt to the world around them and increasing the importance of life-long learning for engineers

Technology itself has changed dramatically only recently. It is responsible for creating amazing resources which put all the information we need right at our fingertips. The advance of technology has resulted in some fantastic discoveries and has dramatically changed the way we live our lives.

The most obvious change within engineering is the increased use of computers. Computers are used by engineers to design, analyse and create. In the past, engineers also relied on drafting tools and their own abilities at sketching and drawing. Everything would have been drawn by hand, not rendered on a PC as it is today. Computers and CAD software have made it easy for all engineers, regardless of drawing ability.

Advances in technology have also changed the way the entire world communicates. Before the 1960’s, society had to get by with landline telephones, telegrams and letters. Today, it’s much easier for engineers and the rest of the public to stay in touch with one another via email, mobile, fax and other computer software like Skype.

In the past engineers would need to travel by train or boat if a project or client were across the country or sea. Today, everyone travels by plane and thinks nothing of flying across country for single meetings. Even travelling by train and boat has improved greatly, meaning it takes less time to take longer trips.

Both engineering itself and the way engineers work has changed dramatically throughout history, in more ways than we have mentioned. If you’re interested in becoming an engineer, we offer a range of fantastic apprenticeships with some great employers- see our vacancies here. For more information or to talk to a member of the GET team, get in touch via our contact page or by calling 01452 423461.