Engineering Achievements: A Brief History

It goes without saying that mankind has achieved some fantastic accomplishments through engineering, from technology improvements to man-made constructions. The achievements made by engineers throughout the years has shown that when people work together to accomplish a goal, truly anything can be accomplished.

We’ve put together some of the most spectacular engineering achievements made throughout history.

1.The International Space Station

A serious engineering accomplishment, the international space station was launched almost two decades ago in 1998. Since then, it has been continuously orbiting the Earth. The station holds a crew of six astronauts and remains the largest artificial object in orbit ever. Thanks to the international space station, we can conduct research for use in multiple scientific industries.

2.The Great Pyramid of Giza

Constructed around 2560BC, the great pyramid of Giza is the only standing structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and was constructed entirely by manual labour. The pyramid has been a huge inspiration to architects and engineers for thousands of years as they have wondered exactly how it was constructed without the use of modern machinery.

3.The Channel Tunnel

Travelling undersea between England and France was made possible in 1994 when the Channel Tunnel was created. It currently holds the record for the longest undersea journey and reaches an impressive depth of 75 metres under the ocean. The Channel Tunnel has allowed customers to travel between St Pancras, London and Paris in as little as just over two hours.

4.The Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam was constructed between the years of 1931 and 1936 during the American Great Depression to provide electricity to Nevada, Arizona and California. Though it’s not the largest dam in the world today, it’s structure in the middle of the Desert proves a great achievement to engineers and shows the determination and self-belief that is part of being an engineer.

5.The Millau Viaduct

France features multiple engineering achievements, including the Eiffel Tower. The Millau Viaduct has been at the front of bridge building technology since it was constructed in 2004. This bridge is 1,125ft tall and spans the entire valley of the River Tarn in southern France. In fact, it is the tallest structure in France and took a mere 39 months to build- a real success for engineers.

Some of the biggest and awe-inducing structures around the world are down to engineers and the range of skills they hold. If you’re interested in obtaining an apprenticeship in engineering, we can help you.

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