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TECHNICAL ENGINNERING JOBS From creating make-up to breaking atoms: get familiar with the industry that makes things happen WORDS: Jessie Bland | PICTURES: Shutterstock ENGINEER YOUR CAREER T he telephone, the ATM, and the hypodermic syringe. All three engineering triumphs made The Radio Times’ 50 greatest British inventions list. All very different creations, but all equally invaluable to society – and very much indicative of the UK’s thriving engineering past, to which of course many modern developments can be indebted. Engineering is a broad church. It is the collective term given to a multitude of disciplines that see technology, scientific principles, as well as economical and practical knowledge, applied to a particular machine or project. From engineering sports cars to engineering cosmetics, all these seemingly disparate and distanced fields are very much connected – and that is in their scientific endeavour for creation and manufacturing; for constantly seeking innovation, and new (and better) ways to do things. Whilst we may readily connect engineering with feats of modern technology, it is far from a modern practice. In fact, the invention of the wheel itself is a prime example of rudimentary engineering, as is the construction of the Egyptian pyramids and the very first steam engine. All three mark fundamental inventions that have transformed our lives, made them easier, and changed the way we do things forever. So for those seeking a career in engineering, or interested in this sector, it is important to honour its sheer diversity. A passion for science, an intuitive mind, and a desire to make people’s daily lives better, all make for solid engineering necessities. Its variety of course also means that you’re likely to be able to search out a specialism of engineering that really strikes a chord with your personal interests. 125

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Ed's letter
Meet Hilary
Dress for success
Bags of style
Onwards and upwards
The path to enlightenment
On the job
Under operation
Under assessment
Question time
Rising up the ranks
Law and order
Make your search social
On the books
Getting graphic
Sowing the seeds
Making contact
On the move
Going green
Get the cogs turning
Building it up
On the factory floor
Engineering change
Take it up a gear
A rainy-day career
Bank on it
Full house
Talk shop
A clean slate
Hungry work
Quench your thirst
At your leisure
All's fair and square
Head in the clouds
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