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Engineers Making the World a Better Place

07/11/2017
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This week we’re celebrating Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2017 (6 – 10 November 2017), designed to inspire and support the next generation of engineers. With 186,000 people with engineering skills needed each year from now through to 2024 it is vital that we encourage young people to choose STEM subjects and enter a career in engineering.

Engineers are the inventors and problem solvers of this world. Their work makes a huge difference in everything we do; from travelling by road, rail or sky an engineer would have designed and built the roads and railway tracks as well as designed the mode of transport. They improve our health with the creation and maintenance of medical devices and enable us to stay connected with the digital world - after all where would we be without our smartphone.

This year alone we have seen a number of projects across a range of sectors including Oil & Gas, Automotive, Infrastructure and Construction and Power, Nuclear & Renewables, which have accelerated the engineering job market and shows how vast engineering is and can be.

Here are just a few examples of amazing engineering projects and technologies which are underway and ones to look out for in the future… #TEWeek17

The Khazar Islands

Located in Baku, Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea, the Khazar Islands or Caspian Islands consists of 41 individual islands and plans to host the tallest building in the world, the Azerbaijan Tower, estimated to stand at 1050m tall. The Islands will also include 150 bridges and a Formula 1 quality racetrack and is expected to be complete by 2025.

Self-driving cars

Companies such as Google and Tesla are investing time and money into self-driving cars, planning to make them the future. Technology such as a GPS unit, navigation system and sensors will be fitted to allow the car to navigate and be aware of its surroundings. With a continued and accelerated growth in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) it’s no surprise we are looking at more advanced ways to assist the driver experience.

Connected Cars

Another major change for the automotive industry is the Connected Car. This is where your car has access to the internet and other sensors to allow it to communicate and interact with other vehicles and its environment. Connecting your car to your smartphone will allow you to perform tasks such as opening and locking the doors and locating your car. Studies suggest Connected Cars could create 320,000 jobs in the UK alone.

Nuclear New Builds

There are lots of Nuclear new builds which are powering up the UK engineering job market at the moment, including Hinkley Point C. This £18bn project in the South West of England is expected to generate 3.2GW of electricity for 60 years to over 5 million homes. Creating 26,000 jobs, Hinkley Point C will be a big boost to the nuclear employment market.

Riyadh Metro

Located in Saudi Arabia, this project is currently under construction and has a planned budget of $16.3bn. The Metro will consist of six metro lines that connects 85 stations, spanning nearly 110 miles of track. Completion is due by the end of 2018 and the city is expected to open the biggest urban mass transit system ever created.

 
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