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    Just something I've been wondering, really. Thought I'd ask in here.

    How's it like to study it and actually practicing the profession? What is it that you do? I always got the impression that engineers just sit down, take a look at stuff, analyse said stuff and then give a response. Like, what kind of material would be most suitable to use for a specific thing. I dunno, it's all really vague in my head.

    I'm not sure what I want to do. It's either going to be something which involves me being on the move, literally - that is, not necessarily traveling. Something where I get to run around and do stuff, haha. Like a mini James Bond kind of job. (but that's highly unlikely) Or a musician/writer but I highly doubt I'd be able to make a living off of that unless I'm really lucky and avant-garde metal becomes pop in ten years' time.

    So, my only other option is something which involves a lot of thinking and money. I was actually considering becoming a teacher but I also like nice things and the nice things I like cost a lot, so...Maybe I could do that or journalism/writing/music on the side but that's not the point of this thread!

    Back to the initial question - what's it like fella's? If you bothered reading the whole thing, could you think of anything else that might interest me that isn't being a doctor?


    Well having been a technician, completing a modern apprenticeship then going back to uni. Worked on various equipment ranging from aircraft weapon systems to pumps and motors, piping, steam injection, rotary air blowers, filters, more stuff than I can mention. Will be graduating in June and will probably end up working in the wind power industry. Its interesting and varied, there's always something that goes wrong, and everything can be improved.

    So basically engineering involves a lot of everything, whatever takes your fancy, be it design or maintenance! It also includes almost any none engineering job, as it has a high level of mathematical content and shows logical thinking.

    Being a site engineer generally involves a bit of physical activity. Scurring around inside boilers on a maintenance outage at a power station is a fairly strenuous task.

    Work experience would be a good idea Le Gris, contact a few companies from different disciplines within engineering (aerospace, aeronautical, automotive, bio, chemical, civil, energy, materials, mechanical, mechatronic, naval) and see if you can spend a few days shadowing.
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    Thanks everyone.

    Mitch, thank you for that - I'll keep that in mind when I'm done with my A/AS-Levels.
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