5 Engineering Stereotypes You Shouldn't Believe

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Engineering is a complex field of study and as a result many stereotypes have arisen from it. With auto engineering, this is no different and the distressing truth is that a lot of people still believe these falsehoods. Here at GET, we’re determined to smash those stereotypes and help you better understand the field and those who work in it.

Myth #1: They Adore Maths

While it’s important to have a good understanding of maths if you want to be any kind of engineer, you don’t necessarily have to be in love with the subject in order to do well. Being passionate is always a bonus but even engineers understand that maths can be a dry subject, even if it is so tightly connected to their field.

Myth #2: They’re Rigidly Non-creative

Many people seem to think that creative individuals only exist in the Fine Arts. This is most definitely not the case as, to be an engineer, you have to be pretty creative. It’s all a balance between this, critical thinking, problem solving and a drive to change.

Myth #3: Their Work is Dull

Mathematics aside, engineering is seen as rather dull work as it’s easy to imagine a lot of repetitive tasks. This all in relation to the science behind it all and, if you’ve seriously studied chemistry or physics, we’d love to hear you call those subjects boring. All engineering takes a lot of brain power, pushing engineers to the limit of their knowledge on technology, making it far from dull.

Myth #4: They Lack Social Skills

Weirdly, people have grown to accept the fact that all engineers are social wallflowers who have no time on their hands except their engineering. While some engineers may be like this, it is still largely untrue for the majority. This largely comes from TV shows like The Big Bang Theory but is largely false as engineering is a vast field of study, attracting all kinds of people, sociable or otherwise.

Myth #5: They’re All Men

Perhaps the worst stereotype of all, and one that really shouldn’t be sticking around in the 21st century, there are still far too many people who perceive engineering to be a “man’s job”, particularly auto engineering. While this has been true in the past, this is slowly changing. There are many successful female engineers who prove that women can enter the profession and do well.

Even throughout history, there have been many examples of female engineers who have defied stereotypes. Find out more about them by reading our ‘Spotlight’ series on our Latest News page. Or, if you’re between 16 and 23 and want to become an auto engineer yourself, view our apprenticeship programmes.