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A little appreciation would be nice

18 Aug 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

Public recognition of the value of engineering is one thing, but industry itself also needs to give its most skilled practitioners more credit.

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As one carrier nears completion, another prepares for sea trials

4 Aug 2015 | By David Downs

Construction on both Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales aircraft carriers is approaching important milestones  

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Summer season for young engineers

4 Aug 2015 | By Paul Jackson

Budding engineers will be able to see behind the scenes at many fascinating sites over the summer, or prepare entries for the Big Bang Awards if it’s raining, ays the chief executive of Engineering UK.

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Let's tackle the engineering shortfall head-on

17 Jul 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

With the exception of Bloodhound, industry’s missing a trick when it comes to using high-profile projects to inspire future engineers

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Diversity is key

13 Jul 2015 | By Paul Jackson

Work experience has been identified as one way employers can reach young people from a wide range of backgrounds

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Testing Times – vehicle safety, interoperability and performance

3 Jul 2015

Guest blog Anthony Martin, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) Chief Engineer at MIRA, explains how next generation cars are changing the face of EMC testing.

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The changing face of engineering recruitment

16 Jun 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger wonders whether the shortage of skilled engineers has forced recruitment agencies to up their game

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What is a British manufacturing company today?

16 Jun 2015 | By David Falzani

What defines a country’s nationality, and does it actually matter? Our guest blogger, the president of Sainsbury Management Fellows, looks at the issues

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A lot of distance with a little fuel, and a lot of effort

5 Jun 2015

The Shell Eco-marathon embodies the innovation that young would-be engineers need to succeed in the field, says the chief executive of EngineeringUK

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Where Did All The Money Go?

19 May 2015 | By David Falzani

The Balance of Payments used to dominate political debate, but it’s been mentioned only rarely since the early 1980s. David Falzani looks at the effects of global flows and uses of capital.

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Trust me...I'm an engineer

13 May 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger reflects on one of the few times he’s had reason to proudly proclaim his profession to a stranger

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Engineering in the NHS: preventing infection and moving materials

5 May 2015

The chief executive of Engineering UK looks at some of the innovations that are helping the NHS face the future

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Who deserves the engineering vote?

22 Apr 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

Engineering hasn’t had much of a mention in the run up to the election. Perhaps that’s because it’s one of the few things the major parties agree on. 

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First Impressions of Aerospace at Cranfield University

14 Apr 2015 | By Iain Gray

We are delighted to welcome Iain Gray back to our guest blogging roster in his new position as director of aerospace at Cranfield University. In his first blog, he describes his new role and gives his first impressions of the institution.

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Six ways for engineering firms to tackle their skills problems

13 Apr 2015

Jon Blaze, head of recruitment operations at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, argues companies can take action to minimise the chances of encountering difficulties in hiring suitably skilled staff.

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Making a lasting impression Video

13 Apr 2015

The Paul Jackson blog The Chief Executive of EngineeringUK discusses this year’s Big Bang fair

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Dolly Parton and the Industrial Internet of Things

8 Apr 2015

National Instruments’ Kyle Voosen examines the benefits, challenges and solutions that will drive the development of the industrial internet of things

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Generation preparation on board the Navy's new flagship

2 Apr 2015 | By David Downs

Assembly work continues on the second QE class carrier, Prince of Wales, while Queen Elizabeth prepares for life independent of the shore

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Why diversity (and disagreement) are key for success

30 Mar 2015 | By David Falzani

How does diversity really work and why should we seek it? Guest blogger David Falzani of Sainsbury Management Fellows looks at the issues

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Of celebrities and celebrations

20 Mar 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger is annoyed by the adulation of Kanye West’s wife’s bottom ahead of people who actually help humanity

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The emotional factor for successful products

17 Feb 2015 | By David Falzani

Companies need to think about how they can add ‘emotional value’ to their products, says Sainsbury Management Fellows’ president David Falzani

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Non-Safety Aids

16 Feb 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

The recent cold snap reminded our anonymous blogger why he likes to run an old car

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Deep impact

12 Feb 2015

Engineering has been shown to have a significant, positive effect not only on the economy but also on individuals’ lives, says Paul Jackson

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​Nearly getting arrested helped promote my business: why you should take risks to bring your engineering idea to life

11 Feb 2015 | By Laurence Kemball-Cook

Laurence Kemball-Cook, entrepreneur and inventor of the Pavegen tile that generates electricity from footsteps, explains why he had to break the rules to get his company off the ground.

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Next generation cars for the digital world

3 Feb 2015

With the increasing number of electronic devices available in vehicles at all levels of the market, automotive engineers face a difficult challenge in ensuring that drivers can expect good quality service from all the services available to them.

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How you can become a chief engineer

26 Jan 2015 | By Shaun Simmons

You can start to build the skills you’ll need to get to the top even before you leave university, says Shaun Simmons, managing director of engineering at Cordant Recruitment.

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Reflections on boundary crossing

19 Jan 2015

Iain Gray has now left his position as chief executive of Innovate UK, and looks back on what he learned about how diferent sectors influence each other in unexpected ways

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Volunteering my engineering skills has helped me change lives in Africa

14 Jan 2015 | By Sophie McPhillips

Sophie McPhillips, water engineer and NCE Graduate of the Year, explains why a placement with Engineers Without Borders is so rewarding and how you can get a start in international development.

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It's patently obvious – isn’t it?

13 Jan 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger reflects on the development of the patent system, and wonders whether it’s still fit for purpose

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How to turn around the image of engineering

13 Jan 2015 | By David Falzani

Guest blogger David Falzani presents some practical ideas on how engineering can exploit emotional connections to make itself more attractive

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Despite sucesses, we still need more engineers

12 Jan 2015

Engineering contributed more than a quarter of the UK’s GDP last year, says the chief executive of Engineering UK, but we need to double the number of graduates and apprentices entering the industry.

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Turning dreams to reality is rarely risk free

18 Dec 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Sad news reached my desk just as the last Secret Engineer Blog was sent.

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A year with the carriers

11 Dec 2014 | By David Downs

David Downs, Engineering director of the aircraft carrier alliance, looks back over the year which saw one carrier launched and the assembly of the second get underway

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Give entrepreneurial skills to engineers for better innovation

8 Dec 2014 | By David Falzani

In his first article for us, the president of Sainsbury Management Fellows calls for earlier training of engineers in commercial and business skills

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Roads to the future

4 Dec 2014

The recent infrastructure announcements underline the UK’s need for skilled engineers, and the community needs to work together to drive their creation

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A question of expectations

20 Nov 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

A new job, and some morale-boosting praise, prompts our anonymous blogger to ask why different companies appear to have different expectations of their engineers?

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May the Force be with the engineers

11 Nov 2014

The chief executive of InnovateUK confesses to his fear of Darth Vader and praises the efforts of engineers in the UK’s world-leading special effects industry.

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Boris and the Vacuum Cleaner

21 Oct 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Manufacturers need to take the lead in persuading consumers to put efficiency before power writes our anonymous blogger

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A cheer for 'The Year of the Engineer'

6 Oct 2014

The chief executive of EngineeringUK was encouraged by some of the messages coming out of the recent Conservative Party conference

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Low Carbon Vehicles come of age

2 Oct 2014

The chief executive of InnovateUK explains the progress made in low-carbon vehicles

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