• Question: What lead you to become an engineer

    Asked by Katie to Hilly, Yasmin, Lee, Liz, Tadhg on 15 Jun 2015. This question was also asked by Liv, Ravneet :), matthew, Tobi, 295enec22, Devon Fell, 404enec44, jake, 591enec49, Megan, Shilling, Ford Mustang, 123enec44, Grace, PeppaPigRules, 365enec43, Moomin Bates, _f_r_e_x_a_, Nylkoorb, Elvis Presley 2003, Ella, gabby, Millie Moo, 694enec44, Joe, madddie, 512enec49, Laura, 509enec27, sarah_xo_ox, 885enec49, 421enec47, emily, Buckets, iminlovewiththecoco, Scarlett, 413enec39, 330enec49, Baby Blue, Virgo, Wendy.Marvel, Leahturner, 937enec42, 194enec42, 526enec42, 283enec38, 110enec42.
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      Yasmin Ali answered on 15 Jun 2015:

      I was doing my A-levels, didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do after that, when I got a leaflet in the post from a group called ‘whynotchemeng’… it was all about chemical engineering.

      It looked interesting so I did a bit more research and realised that chemical engineers can work in lots of different jobs, from manufacturing chocolate, to make up, to energy! Also they got paid very well so I thought I’d do it and see where I end up :).

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      David Hill answered on 15 Jun 2015:

      I was good at maths and physics… and I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do!

      I picked up a university brochure and got to the A-Z of courses….
      Naturally I got to A and found Aero-mechanical engineering… and I knew it was for me… (Absolutely nothing to do with the fact I was quite lazy at school!… honest!)

      Ever since I graduated I’ve been working with various organisations to raise the awareness of the engineering profession in Schools! its such a massive field that just wasn’t talked about in schools! (Either that or they kept telling us about it whilst I was sleeping up the back…)

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      Tadhg O'Donovan answered on 15 Jun 2015:

      An interest in how things work and getting a kick out of solving problems in a creative way. The Maths and Physics I did in school are like the tools I use everyday.

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      Lee Margetts answered on 18 Jun 2015:

      I wanted to be a Geologist. After my degree, there was a downturn in the economy and the Oil companies were giving all the Geologists the sack. So I set up a business selling handmade sausages and worked part time in an engineering design office – doing the filing!

      I had lots of temporary jobs in engineering, but I was always the one who had to do the jobs the engineers didn’t want to do – so I went back to University and retrained as an engineer!