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CAD and CAM - what are they?
Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture are essential tools for an engineer. Find out more about them below. CAD Most products require hundreds...

CNC explained
CNC stands for ‘Computer Numerically Controlled’. Check out the article below to find out why CNC machines are so important to engineers. What is...

Computers in engineering
Computers have been used in manufacture since around 1966. But how do engineers use them? Why do we use computers? Believe it or not, computers can be...

Creating a new product
How does a great engineering idea get onto the shelves? This article talks you through some of the most important steps in the design process. Design...

Electrical and electronic engineering: what's the difference?
Electrical and electronic engineering are not just two names for the same thing! Mechatronic engineer Michael Chandler explains the differences.

Electrical circuit components
Want to become an electrical engineer? Find out more about electrical components. Capacitors: Capacitors store electric charge. They can be used in timing...

Electrical terms: what do they mean?!
Confused by current? Vexed by voltage? We’ve put together a handy checklist to help you tell the difference. Current vs voltage Current refers to the...

Engineering and materials
What kinds of metals and plastics do engineers use? And what is the difference between them? One of the most important parts of product design is choosing...

Fact file: Robots
Whether it’s Short Circuit or Terminator, we have long been fascinated with the idea of building artificial people. Below is a fact file with all you...

Famous people who studied engineering
It’s not all about building bridges and racing cars – the skills learned in the engineering environment can set you up for anything! Check out these...

Greenpower: will we all be driving electric cars?
Jeremy Way is the Director of Greenpower - a company that organises electric car races for schools. He was a resident expert for three weeks, and users...

How can mechanical engineers help the environment?
Dave Evans is a Graduate Engineer for RWE npower. Since graduating in 2007 he has been learning the ropes and working on large-scale projects at power...

Properties of materials
When choosing the right material for a project, it’s important to think about all of its properties. Check out our five-minute guide to material properties...

Risk assessments in maintenance
Maintenance is important, but it can throw up extra hazards that are not normally a problem. Engineers must carefully plan their maintenance to make sure...

Nanotechnology
Some say it is the technology of the future, but what exactly is nanotechnology, and how can it improve our lives? ’Nanotechnology’ is the manipulation...

What is maintenance?
There are many different ways in which engineers maintain equipment. Check out this handy list to find out how to keep things in shape. Planned maintenance...

What is mechatronic engineering?
Many universities are now offering courses in mechatronic engineering. But what is it? Mechatronic engineer Michael Chandler gives you the lowdown. Mechatronic...

Make the world a better place with Engineers Without Borders
Do you want to use your interest in engineering to make a difference in developing countries? Read on to find out how. What is Engineers Without Borders...

Famous Engineers: James Dyson
A new kind of wheelbarrow isn't the most exciting first invention – but its creator, James Dyson, is now a billionaire.

International engineering
From overseas work to outsourcing, find out how the international nature of engineering can affect your career.

Formula 1 Engineering
They may not get to stand on the winner's podium, but engineers are what keep F1 going.

Engineering for the environment
Want to use your engineering skills to save the planet? Find out what engineers can do for the environment.

Public sector engineering
Not all engineering is done by private companies. Find out why the government needs engineers too.

Firm profile: Atkins
WS Atkins - more often known just as Atkins - is a global engineering firm and the largest engineering consultancy in the UK.