• Question: What is the youngest age to be an engineer

    Asked by 448eneq45 to Oliver, Lesley, Leah, Hannah, Graeme, Aleks on 11 Mar 2019. This question was also asked by 726eneq24.
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      Graeme Burt answered on 11 Mar 2019:

      Well I had a logic gate kit in primary school and got to go to building sites with my uncle, but not sure I was a proper engineer. The earliest you can really start BEING an engineer would be 16 doing an apprenticeship, or 17/18 to do a degree.

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      Lesley Colquhoun answered on 12 Mar 2019:

      You can always think like an engineer from a very yyoung age like Graeme did, but to be trusted by industry I would say you don’t fully become an engineer until you are qualified and have a pass from your course you’re studying. I’m not sure about an apprenticeship program but for university it is ~4 years from leaving high school, so it could be around 21!

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      Hannah Griffin answered on 12 Mar 2019:

      I think realistically 16 is probably the earliest someone can be paid to be an engineer in UK. To be a Chartered Engineer (an extra qualification need for some projects e.g. big safety critical ones) that will take usually 2-5 years after completing a degree.

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      Leah Morgan answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      You can learn to think like an engineer from a very young age! And practice building things and taking them apart. But as a job it’s 16, straight after GCSE 🙂