Meet the Engineers is a series of blogs in which, I (the non-engineering office manager) go on a journey to discover what an engineer is, notable engineers, and how diverse engineering is.
Where to begin on such a long path? Here’s how I broke it down:
- What is engineering?
- Engineering disciplines
- How Engineering Affects Us
- Notable engineers
- Women in Engineering
- An Engineer’s viewpoint
There’s a lot to cover and hopefully you’ll follow me through this series.
Let’s begin with the big yet simple question: What is Engineering?
The word engineering itself is derived from two Latin words;
You could say engineers are clever devisers, which is pretty apt.
Fountain of all internet knowledge, Wikipedia, states that engineering is ‘the application of scientific, economic, social and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials, and processes.’
Engineering as a field is typically divided into four disciplines (although they all have sub-disciplines and there are many crossovers):
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
I’m going to focus on electrical engineering – after all, it is what we do here at Dukosi!
So, briefly, what does electrical engineering cover?
All of the disciplines interact and crossover with each other, and therefore engineers are often multi-disciplined but specialise mainly in one. I’ve spoken to engineers from a range of backgrounds who highlight this.
In the next blog, I’m going to look at how engineering can affect us on a daily basis.