An engineer is a professional responsible for inventing, designing, analysing, building and testing structures, materials, machines or other complex systems. Engineers use the principles of science, technology and maths to solve problems and find solutions. In addition to a strong understanding of maths and science, engineers often also benefit from strong commercial awareness.
Engineers will often specialise in a branch of engineering, such as electrical engineering, structural engineering or civil
engineering. Engineers are also often defined by their work role and location. Office-based engineers will help to design and analyse designs while on-site engineers oversee the building and operation of structures and designs.
Engineering is a lucrative industry that can be a highly rewarding career path. There are many paths into engineering, including higher education and apprenticeships. Engineering typically attracts individuals who excel in STEM subjects. Some engineers will have NVQs while others will have PhDs.