• Question: what is it like being an engineer?

    Asked by 110enec42 to Tadhg on 25 Jun 2015.
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      Tadhg O'Donovan answered on 25 Jun 2015:

      It is really very satisfying work….

      I don’t think many people realise that it is actually a very creative job – we are always looking for new innovative and creative ways of solving problems or making things better.

      I particularly like design – right from the beginning where as a group (usually) we do our background reading/research and then bounce ideas around before deciding on a POA (Plan of Action) which normally includes calculations/models etc. It is great when this then leads to a design and drawings and even a prototype. We’ll then test it, to see that it works an behaves like our predictions.

      But there is even so much more to an engineer – working in society, with community groups, politicians, industry partners etc etc.

      And i’s varied – so many and so different engineering discipline (Mechanical/Bio/Pharmaceutical/Chemical/Civil………) something for everyone.

      I hope I’ve managed to get my enthusiasm for the job across – I really like it!