Our Favourite Engineering Inventions of All Time

Some of the very best engineering inventions date back thousands and thousands of years, when engineers of the past discovered and created things that have shaped our lives ever since. With every generation that passes, the world is introduced to new engineers with their own set of fantastic skills and inventive ideas.

We’ve put together some of our favourite engineering inventions of all time:

The Wheel

One of, if not the, most influencing engineering inventions ever, the wheel allowed us to travel with ease. The oldest known wheel is from the year 3500 BC, and since then the wheel has become a vital component in everyone’s lives; we don’t think the world would run as it does now without them.

The Car

It’s hard to imagine life without a car, but in the grand scheme of things it is a relatively newer engineering invention. Cars have only been widely available since the early 20th century, and since then the automobile industry has created thousands of jobs and influenced technological advances in steel, petrol, paint and glass.


The use of tools around the world dates back to 2.6million years ago in Ethiopia. Sticks and stones were initially used to create tools, and since then the use of tools have quickly become an important step in mankind evolution; allowing us to create cars, airplanes, houses and buildings unlike ever before.


In recent years, technology had advanced quicker than ever before. Mechanical engineer, Charles Babbage, is highly responsible for the invention of the computer, though no individual inventor created the PC we know and love today. Today, computers represent and are a symbol of the modern world.

Credit/Debit Cards

In the early 20th century, everything was paid for in cold, hard cash; what a bizarre concept compared to what we know today! Credit cards were invented around 1950 by Ralph Schneider and Frank McNamara. Technology has continued to advance, and we now use ‘contactless’ payments as a quick and easy way to pay.

If you have some brilliant ideas that could be the next best invention of the modern world, you should apply for an engineering apprenticeship with GET. For more information, you can get in touch with a member of the team, by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01452 423461.