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I've been seeing a lot of sites saying most engineers don't get hands-on jobs and are stuck doing desk work - is this true?
If so what is this desk work? Designing parts, researching materials, simulating things etc?
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I've been seeing a lot of sites saying most engineers don't get hands-on jobs and are stuck doing desk work - is this true?
If so what is this desk work? Designing parts, researching materials, simulating things etc?
No not true at-all... Desk work will always be involved but there is always practical work IF you work for the qualifications and can get some DECENT work experience...
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I've been seeing a lot of sites saying most engineers don't get hands-on jobs and are stuck doing desk work - is this true?
If so what is this desk work? Designing parts, researching materials, simulating things etc?
The answer is that it depends on the job. My son's first job as a graduate engineer involved computer modelling metal rolling (using all that pure maths in a big way), in a specialist consultancy, and it was almost entirely in an office at a computer with the occasional trip to the Middle East to help commission a rolling mill.

His current job is as a test engineer at an automotive manufacturer and involves planning and implementing testing (to destruction, as a ten year life is simulated) of car parts (including whole cars). This is in a testing facility with large machines in abundance.
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I've been seeing a lot of sites saying most engineers don't get hands-on jobs and are stuck doing desk work - is this true?
Yes.

If so what is this desk work? Designing parts, researching materials, simulating things etc?
Yes, yes, yes, and many more; it ultimately depends on the type of engineer you're talking about.

I'm in design, ergo, I design things. This involves actually coming up with a suitable design, verifying said design with calculations, marking up drawings, 3D modelling, and helping produce the relevant documentation.
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Yes.



Yes, yes, yes, and many more; it ultimately depends on the type of engineer you're talking about.

I'm in design, ergo, I design things. This involves actually coming up with a suitable design, verifying said design with calculations, marking up drawings, 3D modelling, and helping produce the relevant documentation.
Btw do you use Inventor in mech eng or more of CATIA ?
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Btw do you use Inventor in mech eng or more of CATIA ?
I didn't use either; I used Solidworks during my course.
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I didn't use either; I used Solidworks during my course.
is inventor crap ?
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is inventor crap ?
Don't know, never used it, although I've heard it's not as good as other packages like Solidworks.
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Don't know, never used it, although I've heard it's not as good as other packages like Solidworks.
do you use cfd, sorry for asking many Questions:ashamed2:
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do you use cfd
I don't. Used it a bit on my degree, though. And I will attempt to pre-empt your next question by saying that I used ANSYS Fluent for CFD.

sorry for asking many Questions:ashamed2:
No problem.
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I don't. Used it a bit on my degree, though. And I will attempt to pre-empt your next question by saying that I used ANSYS Fluent for CFD.



No problem.
Thanks, i was about to ask which CFD you used. Im currently enjoying CFD(Autodesk )
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I've been seeing a lot of sites saying most engineers don't get hands-on jobs and are stuck doing desk work - is this true?
If so what is this desk work? Designing parts, researching materials, simulating things etc?
Engineering generally is less hands on most people think it is. It depends on the role in question, some are more hands on than others.

I've been an FEA engineer (simulation and stress analysis) which was 90% desk-bound but the rare times I got to go on-site were incredible (offshore). Thinking of all the things my friends do....designing and testing things like cars and satelites (lots of hands on lab testing, also lots of time spend doing CAD work), civil project engineers (lots of time on-site but not hands on, managing people and materials and project progress), fire accident investigation (mostly on-site but still some desk time to look at evidence, manufacturing engineer (very hands on in the factory optimising manufacturing processes). Not sure if you would class fabricators welders etc. as engineers (I do) but their jobs are predominantly hands on.
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Depends what engineering it is, to be honest
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