What do Engineers do?

March 26, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Here are various kinds of engineers doing a lot of different kinds of jobs and hence it is impossible to put down just what an engineer does. Generally, however, engineers do one or more of the following nine kinds of jobs, regardless of which branch they belonged to.

  • Research engineers

Work on fundamental problems in engineering science. They use theory and do experiments to understand various principles and processes.

  • Development engineers

Take research engineers’ concepts and transform them into useful processes or prototypes (models).

  • Design engineers

Transfer a prototype or proven process from the developmental stage to a product or industrial scale process.

  • Production engineers

Select manufacturing equipment and processes for mass production. They design manufacturing plants, and worry about things like costs and safety.

  • Construction engineers

Convert designs in the form of plans and drawings into reality. They prepare the construction site, specify methods of construction on the basis of safety and economy, and coordinate materials, equipment, and human resources.

  • Operations engineers

Are responsible for the day-to-day control of such facilities as chemical, nuclear, manufacturing, transportation, communication, or water treatment plants.

  • Test engineers

Evaluate new designs and prototypes and ensure that raw materials and manufactured products meet the stipulated specifications.

  • Quality engineers

Focus on ensuring that products are made to desired quality.

  • Sales engineers

Usually are involved in selling technical and industrial products to other related businesses. .

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