• Question: if I wanted to be an engineer how would I be it

    Asked by josie2003 to Will, Wallace, Tim, Steve, Sarah, Richard, Peter, Paul, Mousumi, Mina, Linda, Kate, Joe, Fi, David, Danielle, Benjamin, Ben, Andy on 7 Jan 2015.
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      Wallace Viguier answered on 7 Jan 2015:


      Hi Josie,

      Well this is a very open question. There is a thousands of types od enginerr and as many ways to become one. Ususally this involve studying the basics of maths and sciences at school and then decided a domain ( math, computers, electronic, biology, materials…) for specialization.

      If you let me know more about your current background and what interest you in engineering I will be able to give you a much more detailled answer.

      W.

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      Fiona Dickinson answered on 7 Jan 2015:


      Josie,

      One thing I will add to Wallace’s answer is you don’t have to be academic and go to university, you can get apprenticeships or like a good friend of mine (who is a software engineer) just learn stuff at home like coding and writing web pages.

      A raspberry pi or arduino is quite cheap and is a great way to practice coding little bits, and there are plenty of resources where you can learn what to do.

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      Tim Stephens answered on 7 Jan 2015:


      Engineering is a way of thinking about how to solve problems. Engineers learn to break a big problem down into little chunks that they can solve, and then they use the things that they know to solve those little problems.

      There are lots of different types of engineer – for instance, some design roads and bridges, whilst others design and build computers and smartphones. To become an engineer, you learn about how to solve problems that you find interesting and then you find a job that lets you practice that. It’s really great fun and being able to do something that you enjoy all day makes being a grown-up awesome. 🙂

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      Steve Cox answered on 8 Jan 2015:


      If you enjoy making things when you are young, and you keep that going as you get older, then you have every chance of becoming an engineer.

      Work out what it is that you enjoy making and then look for which type of engineering field is the best match for your skills.

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      David Cuadrado-Calle answered on 23 Jan 2015:


      Hi Josie,

      If you want to be an engineer you should enjoy studying courses such as maths, physics, chemistry, etc. Then you have a wide variety of engineering degrees: if you like electronics, you can study communications engineering. If you prefer building bridges or railways, you can study civil engineering, if you like chemistry and getting to know the structure of things, there is the option of chemical engineering or material science, etc.

      David.

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