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What Are The Highest Paid Engineering Jobs In The UK? [2019]

18. 09. 2019

The goal of our 2019 Engineering Survey was to get a better understanding of the state of engineering in the UK - to help solve recruitment problems hiring managers might be facing, benchmark average engineering salaries by area and sector, and to help identify ways the industry can prepare for the challenges it’s facing. To achieve this, we wanted to get feedback from the people at the heart of our industry: the engineers. According to our findings, the highest paid engineers in the UK are those who work in the Energy, Renewables and Nuclear sector, with an average salary of £38,252. This is followed closely by engineers in the Chemicals, Pharmaceutical and Medical sector, with an average salary of £37,869; and Aerospace engineers, with an average salary of £36,442. Let’s take a look at each of the sectors in a bit more detail. 1.Energy, Renewables & Nuclear Average Salary: £38,252 With public perception shifting, and more emphasis being placed on combatting climate change and increasing reliance on renewable energy, it seems the energy sector is following consumer demand. Engineers in this sector are paid the most out of everyone who participated in our survey, earning an average salary of £38,252. 2.Chemicals, Pharmaceutical & Medical Average Salary: £37,869 Engineers in the Chemicals, Pharmaceutical and Medical fields continue to be in high-demand, with the diverse skills required commanding the second highest average salary of our survey, at £37,869. 3.Aerospace Average Salary: £36,442 The aerospace sector has made up a large proportion of the engineering jobs in the UK for many years, with several global companies such as BAE Systems, Meggitt and Collins Aerospace and more all having a significant presence across the country. Engineers in this sector came third in our list, earning an average salary of £36,442. 4.Food, Drink & Consumer Goods Average Salary: £36,420 Closely following behind Aerospace is the Food, Drink and Consumer Goods sector, with engineers achieving an average salary of £36,420. This sector, along with the energy and medical sectors, is one that it likely to continue to remain steady given the continuous demand within the industry. 5.Automotive Average Salary: £35,358 Despite uncertainty within the Automotive sector, the salary scales seen within our survey have given the industry a solid footing in our results, with an average salary of £35,358. The next 12 months are likely to see a lot of volatility with the uncertainty around Brexit, so we will be keeping a close eye on how the salaries are affected over the coming year. 6.Oil & Gas Average Salary: £35,241 It seems like confidence in the Oil & Gas sector may have finally waned, with the average salary reaching only 6th position in our survey. As market perception continues to change, and more advances are made towards the imminent shift to renewable energy, we are expecting a steady decline in the salary of engineers in this sector over the next decade. 7.Other Average Salary: £35,219 The “Other” section of our survey contained respondents whose work didn’t fit into the other sectors specified, and had engineers in sub-sectors such as consultancy and agriculture. Only 24 people surveyed fell into this category, with the average salary coming in closely behind the Oil and Gas sector at £35,219. 8.Telecoms, Utilities & Electronics Average Salary: £34,761 The average salary in this sector is £34,761, placing the sector 8th on our list. Interestingly, more than 70% of the participants in this sector said that they were considering a change of roles, which is significantly higher than the 30% average across all survey participants. 9.Defence, Security & Marine Average Salary: £33,998 Surprisingly, the Defence, Security and Marine sector appears relatively low down in our list, but this is likely due to more than half of our respondents in this sector being in their current role for less than two years. Even so, the average salary of £33,998 is still above the UK average of around £29,588. 10.Rail, Civil & Structural Average Salary: £33,317 Despite continued investment in rail and civil engineering projects across the UK, the sector had the 3rd lowest average salary in our survey, with participants earning an average of £33,317. With the uncertainty around Brexit, and large-scale projects like HS2 currently being reviewed, we’ll be watching this sector closely to see how the salaries change over the coming years. 11.Materials Average Salary: £31,355 Coming in second to last in our list is the Materials sector, with an average industry salary of £31,355. This sector did, however, have a particularly small sample size, so this could explain the low average salary in our findings. 12.Academia Average Salary: £28,500 Last on our list was Academia, with an average salary of just £28,500. This sector also had a small sample size, which might help to explain its position. Considering the predicted engineering shortage the country is facing, it could be worrying if there is no incentive for engineers to pursue a career in the academic side of engineering. As this is our first survey, much of the commentary above is based on our own experience within the engineering industry. It’s impossible to analyse the ways in which individual sectors have changed over the previous year without data to compare it to, but we hope this research helps to paint a better picture of the current state of engineering within the UK. As we continue to invest in these surveys in the future, we hope that the number of participants will increase, allowing us to get a much more comprehensive view of the engineering sector as a whole. You can download a full version of The Entech Engineering Survey 2019 report here. For any questions or queries, please get in touch with us here.


6 Job Description Mistakes Every Business Needs To Avoid

11. 09. 2019

When it comes time to find a replacement for an employee who is leaving or retiring, many businesses dig out the old job description, update a few of the duties and requirements, post it online and wait for the job applications to roll in. Sound familiar? While this approach may have worked a few years ago, we hear from more and more companies who are struggling to find suitable candidates for their roles when using this method. Job descriptions are a candidate’s first interaction with a potential employer, but they are often overlooked by businesses who are unaware of the positive impact a well written job description can have on their search for the right employee. So, if you find yourself receiving unsuitable CVs for your roles, or you’re getting no applications at all, it’s time to start looking at whether your job descriptions are up to scratch. These are 8 job description mistakes every business needs to avoid: A Confusing Job Title While an exciting title might help make your job post stand out, most of the time it will leave candidates scratching their heads. Calling an Office Administrator a “Workplace Management Ninja” might sound cool, but chances are your candidates aren’t going to be searching for that. Optimise your job description by identifying the job title people will most likely use to search for a job to give yourself the best chance of active candidates finding your role. Expecting Too Much from One Candidate In recent years, it’s become more and more common to see a blurring of lines between job roles, with many workers bringing multiple skillsets to their roles. However, a trend that is appearing too often is businesses expecting candidates to be a jack of all trades. Sure, there may be an engineer out there who has CNC machining experience, knowledge of HTML to help maintain the company website, and who can handle customer service in Spanish; but you’re really narrowing down your candidate pool by expecting one person to handle that many tasks as part of their day-to-day role. Consider whether the role you’re advertising might be broken down into multiple positions, and prioritise individuals with the most important skills rather than expecting applicants to tick all the boxes. Too Many Buzzwords or Clichés Using too many buzzwords or clichés could make your job description come across as desperate. Everyone knows that terms like “Rockstar” or “self-starter,” and phrases like “able to hit the ground running” are just platitudes used in an attempt to sell the role. These days people are more interested in how their role fits into the wider business strategy, and how their work will impact the future of the company. By all means, get creative with your job description, but make sure you’re not stuffing it full of words and phrases that do nothing to describe the position or the company! Not Including Salary Information Put yourselves in a potential candidate’s shoes for a second. Imagine tailoring your cv, writing a compelling cover letter and applying for a job, only to get a call from the recruiter where you find out that the pay is for significantly less than you’re currently on. Everyone’s time is wasted because the salary wasn’t listed on the job description. For some people, salary may not be as much of an issue, but for many people it is an important factor in their decision to take a job offer. After all, everyone has bills to pay, and if they can’t afford the pay cut, they’re not going to accept the job offer. Not Listing Benefits or Listing Legal Requirements as Perks We’ve seen plenty of companies make the mistake of leaving some of their best perks off of their job description. Whether it’s a great matched pension scheme, or the opportunity for the position to work flexibly, it’s important to determine what your best perks are so you can really sell them to potential employees. After all, you’re competing with other companies for the top candidates, so make sure you’re putting your best foot forward. With that being said, in the UK the legal requirement for most full-time workers is 28 days paid annual leave per year, so listing the fact that you mention offering 28 days paid leave per year in the benefits section of your job description does nothing more than show potential employees that you provide the legally required amount of leave. Is that really a perk? If you’re recruiting in a competitive sector, make sure you’re offering perks that do compete with the other leaders in your industry, and make sure you’re really selling the perks you do have on offer. Not Selling the Position or the Company Unless you’re recruiting for a highly-specialised, technical role, you’ll probably be competing with other companies when searching for new employees. If you’re not actively selling the position, or the company, in your ad, then it’s likely candidates will look at, and apply for, other positions. If a candidate is already employed, your job is to persuade them that applying for this position will be the best choice for their career; otherwise they can simply stay in their current position. It can seem trivial to spend time editing the job description for a role, particularly when that position needs to be filled urgently, but anything that helps your position stand out in a crowded space such as the online job boards is sure to have a positive impact. If you’re struggling to recruit for a technical position, speak to a member of our team today to find out if we can help you fill your open roles.


Watch the Bugatti Chiron Break the 300mph Barrier

04. 09. 2019

Bugatti have broken the mythical 300-mile-per-hour barrier with a modified pre-production version of the Bugatti Chiron, proving once and for all that they build the fastest cars in the world. Andy Wallace, Le Mans winner and Bugatti test driver, reached a top speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h) at the Volkswagen Group’s test track at Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony on August 2nd, setting a new TÜV-certified speed record in the process. Building up to the top speed in 50km/h increments from 300km/h, Wallace didn’t seem to be phased by the high speeds involved. “An incredible speed. It’s inconceivable that a car would be capable of this. But the Chiron was well prepared and I felt very safe – even in these high-speed ranges,” said Wallace after setting the record. “Even at the first attempt I felt this would work. The Chiron ran perfectly and the track and weather conditions were ideal. The whole team did a fantastic job.” But The Car Isn’t Stock Though the Chiron uses the same 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 engine from the standard model, the car was anything but stock. Italian racing specialists, Dallara, played their part in improving the aerodynamics of the car; extending it by around 10 inches, lowering the ride height and removing the rear wing and airbrake to reduce drag. Meanwhile, tyre manufacturers Michelin reinforced the standard Chiron tyres so they could cope with the 4,100 rotations per minute the record attempt required, testing the tyres to a staggering 511 km/h, and even making sure that each tyre was X-rayed to detect any potential issues. “After all the calculations and tests, we felt sure the record was within our grasp” says Head of Development Stefan Ellrott. “We had the technology under control at an early stage. But a world record attempt on an open track can have a few surprises in store. We were lucky today and everything went well.” What’s Next for Bugatti? Bugatti’s first production car, the Veyron, had a top speed of 253mph, and the Super Sport version earned the Guinness World Record for the fastest street-legal production car in the world in 2010 with a top speed of 267.856 mph (431.072 km/h). With the Chiron now breaking into the 300mph range, it would seem that Bugatti are content with dominating the top speed records, but it seems that the company is planning something different for the future. “Our goal was to be the first manufacturer ever to reach the magic 300-mile-per-hour mark,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “We have now achieved this – making ourselves, the entire team and myself, incredibly proud.” “We have shown several times that we build the fastest cars in the world. In future we will focus on other areas,” says Winkelmann. What those “other areas” might be is anyone’s guess, but with Bugatti’s history of pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, we’re sure it’s going to be something spectacular!


6 Misconceptions Managers Have About Recruitment

28. 08. 2019

Recruitment agencies are often looked down on by managers. Sadly, like any industry, there are bad agencies who have given everyone else a bad name, so there are some misconceptions that managers have about what it’s like when they work with a recruitment agency. Whether you’ve worked with a recruitment agency before, or you’re thinking about working with one for the first time, here are some common misconceptions we’ve encountered that managers have about recruitment: 1. The Perfect Candidate Is Always Out There Sometimes the stars align and, not long after you post a job opening, the ideal candidate is sitting down in your office acing their interview. Sadly, though, this is the exception and not the rule. It’s important for managers to strike a balance between waiting long enough to find a suitable candidate, but not so long that good candidates accept offers from other companies. Having a clear idea of the skills and experience you’re looking for, along with the type of culture you’re trying to maintain within the business, will give you a good benchmark to compare candidates against. But it’s highly unlikely that someone will tick every single box on your checklist, so be clear about which areas you’re willing to sacrifice if a candidate who can grow into the position comes along. 2. You Don’t Need Help Recruiting It’s all too common for managers to post a job opening to the company website, on one or two job boards, and perhaps the company’s LinkedIn page; before sitting back and waiting for the CVs to roll in. And while this method can generate some applicants for your roles, it ends up limiting the talent pool you’re recruiting from. Recruiters bring with them a database full of potential candidates, relationships they’ve built with candidates whose contract may be ending shortly, and a host of industry tools that help them find and engage passive candidates who may not have even be considering a change in roles. Not only this, but recruiters also do all of the filtering and qualifying for you, meaning you won’t even speak to a candidate who doesn’t already meet the requirements set out in your job description. 3. Recruiters Only Care About Filling A Role Admittedly, there is an element of truth to this one. The recruitment business model is slightly different to other industries as all of the work – sourcing and screening candidates, scheduling interviews, providing feedback and extending an offer, waiting for the candidate to work their notice, and finally making the placement – happens before any fees are paid. This means that the work is essentially carried out for free until a candidate is in the job, so it’s important that recruiters don’t spend too long on any one role, which inevitably leads to there being more incentive for recruiters to move more quickly than the clients. Despite all of this, we want you to hire the right person, and satisfying clients helps to generate future business, so thinking we just want to shove anyone into your role and then move on is just plain wrong. 4. Recruiters Just Want to Send CVs If you’re working with a recruitment agency that sends you tens of CVs, do yourself a favour – stop working with them. Unfortunately, a few agencies favour the “spray-and-pray” method, hoping that if they send enough CVs to clients, they’ll choose someone quickly, leaving them to claim their fee before moving onto the next client, and giving a bad name to other recruitment agencies. At Entech, our goal is to send no more than three CVs to hiring managers, from candidates who we have screened with technical questions about the role, and who we think, having got to know you during the process, are the perfect fit for your company. 5. We Don’t Understand Technical Details Because of the aforementioned “spray-and-pray” agencies, many managers have also come to believe that recruitment agencies are full of consultants who are just shady sales people. But the truth is that most specialist agencies hire consultants from the industries they recruit for, making them much more knowledgeable about the skills a candidate needs to have. As a manager, this means you can really get into detail about what the role will entail, and what sort of experience you’re looking for a candidate to have, safe in the knowledge that the recruiter will then be able to source candidates who actually match your needs! 6. We’re Not Looking to Build A Relationship Like any service-based business, recruitment is built on making sure our clients, and candidates, are happy. Businesses are always going to need to hire new staff, so building lasting relationships is beneficial for everyone, and is one of the top priorities for any recruitment consultant. If your agency places a candidate with you and then moves on, never to be heard from again, they may have done you a favour! Hopefully this list has debunked some of the common myth’s managers have about recruiters, and gone some way to showing you that there is method to our madness! If you’re struggling with your recruitment, make sure you’re not making one of these common recruitment mistakes.


How Engineers Are Making the World a Better Place

21. 08. 2019

If you’ve read pretty much any of the headlines recently, the world might seem like a very gloomy place. Political scandals seem to make the news daily, and the world is still struggling to cope with the effects of global warming; but engineers are, slowly but surely, changing the world for the better. Being somewhat of a futurist, I believe that our quality of living is going to improve significantly over the next decade or two as we see a complete shift in the way most of us live our day-to-day lives, so I’m optimistic about some of the project’s engineers are working on. You might think I’m crazy, but here’s just a few ways I think engineers are making the world a better place. Helping the Environment The developments the renewable energy sector has made over the past decade, in spite of all the regulatory setbacks, has been incredible. As demand from consumers continues to grow, so does the speed with which developments are made, with many now looking to nuclear fusion as the long-term solution to our energy needs. With this increased focus on renewable and sustainable energy, and the resulting improvements to the national grid, it won’t be long before more and more people feel confident in making the switch to electric cars, further reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Self-Driving Cars Speaking of cars - self-driving cars will not only make the world a much safer place, but it will probably be much more fun too! When the law makers finally catch up to technology, and the cars are safe enough, of course, long distance journeys will no longer be tedious as you sit back and relax while the car does all the work. It’ll be like having your own robot chauffeur. Kind of like the Johnny Cab in Total Recall, only less creepy. Medical Advances The days of a bionic chamber that fixes all of your ailments is probably (definitely) still a few years off, but there have been plenty of medical advances made in recent years. Developments in artificial hearts and prosthetics, 5G technology that will allow doctors to operate from anywhere in the world, and companies even experimenting with nano-bots and high-tech implants means that the future of healthcare looks promising! Robotics & AI While there’s often a lot of negativity surrounding robotics and AI, with their potential to make many jobs obsolete, there’s also going to be plenty of ways in which our lives are improved. Robots could speed up operations in the warehousing and logistics sector, making shipping times even shorter; they could help with search and rescue operations by covering a larger area more quickly, or by reaching inaccessible places; or they might just be there to bring us a cold beer from the fridge or prepare dinner for the family. Whatever the case, life is certainly going to be much more interesting! Space Exploration The future of space exploration is looking hopeful, with Space X’s rockets that land themselves for re-use, and Elon Musk targeting Mars for a manned mission within the next 5 years or so, it seems we’re entering a new era of space travel. So, whether it’s designing and building the next space shuttle, or working to build a new colony on Mars, there’s going plenty of exciting opportunities for budding engineers. Ok, maybe I’m too much of an optimist. But the point is that there are plenty of industries and projects for engineers to work on that are going to have a real impact on the way future generations live their lives. And if that isn’t something to get excited about, I don’t know what is!


7 Essential Skills Hiring Managers Want an Engineer to Have

14. 08. 2019

When you’re in the process of applying for a new engineering job, it’s very common for candidates to overlook soft skills in favour of proving their technical abilities. But, being a great mathematician and having a solid grasp of a particular field of engineering aren’t the only qualities hiring managers are looking for. Aside from the usual industry skills and qualifications, here’s our list of 7 essential engineering skills hiring managers want an engineer to have. Communication A lack of communication can have serious consequences for an engineering project, so it’s important that engineers have mastered this skill. The challenge engineers face is that they will have to talk to a large number of people during a project; each of whom will have a different level of understanding or involvement in the project. Communicating clearly with all of these people is crucial to ensuring a project is finished on time, within budget, and to the requirements; making it an essential skill for every engineer to master. Problem Solving Solving problems is part and parcel of every engineers’ day to day life – it’s what they’re there to do - so it’s important for engineers to refine their problem-solving skills in order to give themselves the best chance at being hired for their dream position. If something isn’t working the way it’s supposed to or a project is heading off schedule, it’s down to engineers to take a step back and assess the ways in which they can fix the problems causing the issue quickly and effectively. During your education, you’re taught general skills that will help you identify and analyse complex problems, but the truth is that experience comes from making mistakes in the real world. Be sure to learn from your mistakes, and keep practising your problem-solving skills. Leadership and Management Skills Being an engineer means you’re responsible for improving processes, reducing costs, and keeping projects on schedule; and you’ll have to lead and manage other people in order to do that. As a leader, you’ll be responsible for making sure your team are working optimally, assigning a team member to a task that makes the most of their strengths whilst simultaneously ensuring they have enough resources to complete the job properly. Effectively managing people is a skill in itself, and it’s important for engineers to improve this skill as much as possible. Handling Pressure With deadlines constantly looming, and stakeholders keeping on top of costs, an engineer must be able to handle a lot of pressure in order to succeed in their role. Controversial decisions will need to be defended, mistakes will have to be explained, and increased costs will have to be justified. Doing all of this requires someone who can keep their cool, and brush off negativity, whilst not losing sight of the project’s deadline. Natural Curiosity Being naturally inquisitive is a great skill for engineers to have. There will always be new software or production techniques to learn, and new challenges to overcome, so the desire to constantly learn is imperative for a successful career in engineering. Make sure you can demonstrate that you’re always learning by listing courses or qualifications you’ve achieved when applying for a new role. Attention to Detail Mistakes can be costly – especially when you’re an engineer! A small mistake on a calculation, a miscommunication with suppliers, or overlooking a small detail on a set of drawings can have a potentially-profound impact on a project, which can in turn have an impact on the company doing the work; so, it’s incredibly important for hiring managers to know that you’re one of the engineers who checks their work carefully. Being Organised Staying organised is an important skill that many engineers don’t emphasise during their application process. Engineers don’t have to be perfect, but with the number of parts, drawings or miscellaneous pieces of paper engineers have to deal with on a daily basis, hiring managers want to see that there is some sort of process being used to make sure the work is well thought out and clearly organised. As you can see, hiring managers are looking for much more than just good grades and work experiences when they’re hiring a new engineer. Many engineers will already have these skills, but simply aren’t doing a good enough job of showing this to potential employers. No one is expected to be perfect, so if you’re not organised, for example, that’s ok! Just be sure to tell the hiring manager what steps you’re taking to try and improve this aspect of your work so they can see that you’re aware of a weakness and you’re working to improve it. If you’ve got an engineering job interview coming up, take a look at our article 12 Interview Questions Every Engineer Should Prepare Answers For and try to tie your soft skills to your answers to those common questions. Good luck! If you’re looking for your next engineering role, take a look at our current vacancies here.


Are Engineers Still in Demand?

07. 08. 2019

If you’re considering a career as an engineer you may be concerned about how many opportunities will be available to you once you’re qualified. One question that often gets asked is whether or not engineers are still in demand? The short answer is yes, but there’s more to it than that. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why engineers are likely to be in demand for many years to come, and some of the problems the industry is currently facing. There’s Plenty of Projects With the ever-lingering uncertainty of Brexit having an impact on the UK’s economy, many engineers are concerned about their career prospects. But, with engineering making up almost a quarter of the UK’s total turnover, the chances of qualified engineers finding themselves out of a job seems slim. No matter what happens to the economy, roads will still need to be built, products will still need to be manufactured, and machinery will still need to be maintained. Huge infrastructure projects like Crossrail and HS2, the roll-out of 5G, the advent of industry 4.0, and the constant developments in areas like autonomous vehicles and the aerospace sector means there will be demand for a wide variety of skilled engineers for many years to come. But There’s a Shortage of Engineers Even with the large-scale projects on the horizon, the shortfall of engineering graduates and technicians to fill core engineering roles is estimated at up to 59,000 per year. This huge gap at the lower levels of the market means that graduating engineers should have plenty of roles to choose from when finishing their education. But, a report by the ECITB found that only 40.7% of higher education engineering graduates were either engineers or engineering technicians six months after graduation, with research suggesting graduates lack the experience and soft skills employers are looking for. To combat this, graduates should to take advantage of placement schemes and internships to improve their skillset and increase their chances of standing out from other applicants. Once engineers have got their foot in the door, however, the shortage of skilled engineers could mean that they’re exposed to more technical parts of the job much more quickly; allowing them to advance up the career ladder much faster, and potentially move into more senior roles much sooner than in previous years. Some Sectors Have High Demand As we covered in our article about the best engineering jobs for the future, there are some sectors and skillsets that are likely to be much more in demand than others in the future. If you’re planning a career in engineering, but aren’t sure what sector you’d like to work in, why not take a look at these sectors to start with. Civil Engineers As the population continues to grow, and technology continues to advance, the infrastructure that supports modern life also needs to be developed and improved. Whether it’s new housing schemes, transport projects, or the underlying infrastructure present in any modern city; there’s going to be a sustained demand for those wanting to explore a career in civil engineering. View our Building Services & Construction jobs Energy Engineers As more and more people see the benefits of renewable energy, and the shift begins to happen across the globe, the demand for qualified engineers within the energy sector is likely to increase dramatically. Because of the focus on renewable energy, many people also underestimate the number of opportunities in the oil and gas and nuclear sectors. The reality is that it’s going to take many years for the developed world to make the transition to renewable energy, so engineers will continue to be in high-demand in these sectors too. View our Energy jobs Software Engineers Software engineers create the applications that run the computers, phones and other devices we all use on a daily basis. As technology continues to advance, and connectivity becomes more prevalent, there’s going to be plenty of job opportunities for software engineers in almost every sector imaginable. View our IT jobs Aerospace Engineers As the aerospace sector continues to secure contracts from around the globe, demand for engineers with the appropriate skills and experience is set to continue. With large government and private sector projects being regularly commissioned, this is a fantastic sector for engineers who enjoy challenging projects that can have a real impact on the world. View our Aerospace & Defence jobs Engineering is one of the most diverse and challenging careers you can choose, with plenty of choice for the type of projects you want to work on. If you’re considering a career in engineering, you can rest assured that there is going to be demand for engineers for many years to come, provided you’ve taken the time to compliment your education with the soft skills employers are looking for. In any case, the engineering sector isn’t going anywhere any time soon!


Can Engineering Ever Solve Its Gender Inequality Problem?

31. 07. 2019

Having recently completed our very first engineering survey, there was one particular statistic that stood out to me - only 8% of the engineers we surveyed were women. Given the increased awareness and support for change from companies and organisations throughout the sector, you might forgive me for thinking this issue was one that was being addressed – albeit slowly – but the numbers seem to tell a different story. In 2018, Engineering UK reported that whilst 50% of GCSE physics entrants were female, but by the time students reached higher education, women represented just 16% of first degree students in engineering and technology, and only 8% of engineering apprenticeship starters. With the shortfall of graduates already costing the UK economy an estimated £1.5bn a year, and with the demand for skilled workers predicted to continue to rise, it’s likely that this is a problem that’s going to get worse before it gets better. So what’s causing the industry’s gender inequality issue? Is Culture the Real Problem? A survey conducted by the IET found that of 1,000 children aged nine to 16, fewer than one in 10 described a typical engineer as a woman. Even in every day conversation, the word “engineer” typically conjures up images of middle-aged men in hi-vis jackets, hard hats and work-boots; working in dreary conditions in a factory or on a building site. And while this outdated perception of the industry might go some way towards explaining why only a fraction of women join the industry, the problem doesn’t stop there. Many of the initiatives created by corporations and organisations are aimed at older students or graduates who have already made the choice to focus on a STEM related topic, meaning that whilst this investment and focus is fantastic to see, it doesn’t address the problem at an early enough stage to really make a positive impact on the industry. Increasing the number of women in senior positions, or offering perks that make it easier for mothers to return to work, all work towards addressing the issue based on the assumption that there are enough women entering engineering fields in the first place – and the figures all show that’s just not happening. Time for A Rethink? As a shortage of engineers is an industry-wide problem, perhaps it’s time for companies to work together to address the industry’s shortfall? Rather than companies working individually to improve female representation within their own organisation, more emphasis could be put on increasing the number of talented female engineers in general. Getting involved in projects created by organisations like the Women’s Engineering Society, or investing in school events that aim to inspire young women to consider a career in engineering, could help address the shortfall in years to come. Scholarships and grants for female students choosing an engineering degree might help to encourage more young women to pursue careers in the industry in the medium term, while industry or skill transfer programs could bring the sector experienced professionals much more quickly. Sadly, it seems that no one currently has the answers, and there’s no quick fix for the under-representation of women in engineering. Despite it becoming more and more important for companies to increase investment in initiatives that will encourage the next generation of women to pursue a career in engineering, it’s likely to take many years for things to change, and there’s much more that needs to be done to really address the problem the industry is facing. Can engineering ever solve its gender inequality problem? I really hope so. But one thing’s for sure – the industry has a lot of catching up to do!


28 Of Our Favourite Engineering Jokes

24. 07. 2019

Being an engineer is a serious job. Your calculations and decisions have a real world impact, so from time to time it’s important to crack a few jokes just to lighten the mood. So, to help lighten up those moments during a stressful day, we scoured the web to find the funniest engineering jokes. You might laugh, cry, or even groan; but here’s 28 of our favourite engineering jokes: 1. God - The Engineer Three men are sat in a bar discussing God and his profession. "God must be a mechanical engineer,” says the first. “Just look at the joints in the human body." “No,” say’s the second man. “God must be an electrical engineer -- just look at the nervous system." “You’re both wrong,” says the third man. "God has to be a civil engineer.” “Why’s that?” ask the other two men. “Well who else would run a waste disposal pipeline through a perfectly good recreational area?" 2. The Balloonist A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces his height and spots a woman down below. Lowering the balloon further he shouts, "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?" "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 50 feet above this field" says the woman. "You must be an engineer," says the balloonist. "I am," replies the woman. "How did you know?" "Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone." "You must be in management," says the woman. "I am," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?" "Well," she says, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but somehow now it's my fault." 3. The Hunting Trip An engineer, a statistician, and a physicist are out hunting. They spot a deer, and each take a turn to try and bag it. The physicist goes first. He pulls out his lab book and quickly calculates the trajectory of the bullet, assuming it is a perfect sphere in a vacuum. The bullet falls 20m short of the deer. The engineer goes second. He pulls out his engineers pad and book of projectile assumptions. After a few minutes he’s ready, he takes aim, and he fires. The bullet lands 20m passed the deer. The statistician leaps in the air shouting, “We got it!” 4. Glass Half Full To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. 5. The Talking Frog An engineer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him. "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess," said the frog. He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for one week and do ANYTHING you want." Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket. “What is the matter?” the frog asked. “I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?" "Look,” said the man. “I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog - now that's cool!" 6. The Blind Firemen A vicar, doctor and engineer were playing a round of golf. They got to the third tee and were delayed by people still playing the hole. The engineer lost his patience, "What's going on? We’ve been here at least 20 minutes!" The doctor nodded in agreement. The vicar saw the green keeper walking by and shouted to him, "How come that group ahead of us are so slow?” The green keeper replied, "Oh, they’re all blind firemen. They all lost their sight pulling school children out of a burning building, so they can play anytime for free.” Everyone was silent for a few seconds. The vicar finally said, "Oh dear. I’ll be sure to pray for them. Well done on such charitable work good fellow." The doctor added, "Yes, well done to you. I’ll make sure they get the best treatment at the eye unit in the hospital too." The engineer, arms folded, tapping his feet said, "Ok, but if they’re blind then why can’t they play at night?” 7. Milk & Eggs A wife asks her husband, an engineer, for a favour. "Darling, can you please go to the shop to buy one pint of milk? And if they have eggs, get a dozen!" Off he goes to the shop, and half an hour later he returns with 12 pints of milk. His wife stares at him and asks, "Why on earth did you get 12 pints of milk?" "Well… they had eggs," he replied. 8. The Definition of An Engineer What is the definition of an engineer? Someone who solves a problem you didn't know you had in a way you don't understand. 9. The Guillotine An Engineer, a priest, and a thief were each sentenced to death by guillotine. They bring out the priest first, and he says "Please. Allow me to lie in the guillotine facing up, so that I might face towards God as I am about to join him." The guards allow it, and place his head through the slot. The guard pulls the lever and the blade comes down but stops just inches short of the priest's head. It's regarded as such a freak occurrence that the priest is pardoned and set free. Next up is the thief. “Heck, it worked for the priest. Put me in face up too," he says. Again the guards allow it, and again they pull the lever. The blade comes falling down, but again stops just short of the thief's neck. Like the priest, the thief is granted a pardon and set free, due to the marvelously good turn of fortune. Finally the engineer is brought out. "If you don't mind, could you put me in facing up?" he asks. The guards agree and place him in the machine. The guard grabs a hold of the lever, but just before he can pull, the engineer points up and says: "Oh hey, I think I see where the problem is..." 10. The Wedding Two antennas got married - the wedding was lousy, but the reception was outstanding. 11. The Holidaying Photon A Photon checks into a hotel and the receptionist asks if he needs any help with his luggage. “No thanks,” says the Photon “I’m travelling light.” 12. Nuclear Nutrition What do nuclear engineers like to eat? Fission chips 13. Wind Turbines Wind turbine 1: "What kind of music do you like?" Wind turbine 2: "I'm a big metal fan" 14. Beam An indeterminate beam walks into a bar. "What can I get ya?" asks the bartender. "Just give me a moment," replies the beam. 15. The Constipated Engineer Did you hear about the constipated engineer? He worked it out with a pencil. It was a natural log. 16. People There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary, and those who don't. 17. The Effects of Studying Engineering Before studying engineering, if someone asked me what 1+1 is, I would have said 2. Now, I'd say I'm pretty sure it's 2, but we'd better make it 3 just to be safe. 18. Doctors vs Engineers What's the difference between a doctor and an engineer? A doctor kills people one at a time. 19. The Train Journey Three lawyers and three engineers were travelling by train to a conference. At the station, each lawyer bought a ticket whereas the engineers bought only one ticket between them. ‘How are you going to travel on a single ticket?’ asked one lawyer. ‘Wait and watch’, answered one of the engineers. When they boarded the train, the lawyers took their seats, but the three engineers crammed into a toilet and closed the door behind them. Shortly after the train started, the ticket collector arrived. He knocked on the toilet door and asked, "Ticket, please." The door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand. The ticket collector took it and moved on. Seeing this, the lawyers decided to the same thing on the return trip so when they arrived at the station they bought only one ticket. To their astonishment, the engineers didn’t buy any. ‘How are you going to travel without a ticket?’ asked one of the perplexed lawyers. “Wait and watch”, answered an engineer. In the train, the three engineers crammed into a toilet and the three lawyers into another nearby. Soon after the train started, one of the engineers got out of the toilet and walked to one where the lawyers were hiding. He knocked on the door and said, "Ticket, please…" 20. Civil Engineers vs Mechanical Engineers What's the difference between civil engineers and mechanical engineers? Mechanical engineers build missiles, civil engineers build targets. 21. Ouch What did the electrical engineer say when he got shocked? That hertz. 22. Different People A graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?" A graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?" A graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?" A graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Would you like fries with that?" 23. Two Engineers Two engineering students bumped into each other at school and one noticed the other's new bike. He asked, "Where did you get such a wonderful bike?" The other student replied that a blonde rode up to him, threw her bike on the ground, took off all her clothes, threw them on the ground and said, "Take whatever you'd like to have." The first student says, "Good call, I'll bet her clothes wouldn't have fit either of us." 24. The Trainee New engineer: "How do you estimate how long a project will take?" Seasoned engineer: "I add up the time required for each task, then multiply the sum by pi." New engineer: "Why pi?" Seasoned engineer: "It ensures that all my budgets are irrational." 25. A Birthday Gift What do you give your favorite electrical engineer for their birthday? Shorts. 26. The Pearly Gates An engineer died and reported to the pearly gates. An intern angel, filling in for St Peter, checked his dossier and grimly said, "Ah, you're an engineer. You're in the wrong place." So the engineer was cast down to the gates of hell and was let in. Pretty soon, the engineer became gravely dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and began designing and building improvements. After a while, the underworld had air conditioning, flushing toilets, and escalators, and the engineer was becoming a pretty popular guy among the demons. One day, God called Satan up on the telephone and asked with a sneer, "So, how's it going down there in hell?" Satan laughed and replied, "Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning and flushing toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next." God's face clouded over and he exploded, "What? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake. He should never have been sent down there. Send him up here." Satan shook his head, "No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him." God was as mad as he had ever been, "This is not the way things are supposed to work and you know it. Send him back up here or I'll sue." Satan laughed uproariously, "Yeah, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?" 27. The Flagpole Bubba and Billy Ray were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up. A woman walked by and asked what they were doing. "We're supposed to find the height of the flagpole," said Bubba, "but we don't have a ladder." The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down Then she took a tape measure from her pocket, took a measurement, announced, "Eighteen feet, six inches," and walked away. Billy Ray shook his head and laughed. "Ain't that just like a blonde? We ask for the height and she gives us the length!" 28. The Wheelbarrow An arts student, sick of working at a fast food cafe for what had seemed an eternity, decided to get a job working as a labourer at a construction site. Being an over-confident arts student, he soon began to brag to the other workers about all sorts of things. One day he decided to brag that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of the wiry engineer on the site. After several minutes, the engineer had had enough. "Why don't you put your money where your mouth is," said the engineer. "I will bet a week's wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won't be able to wheel back." "You're on, little guy!" the braggart replied. "Let's see what you have." The engineer reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, "All right. Get in." Know an engineering joke we missed? Send us a message and we’ll add it to the list!


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