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Take part in The Engineer Salary Survey 2015

14 Apr 2015

Are you paid fairly? Could you earn more in another sector? How much could you earn if you take the next step in your career? We’re conducting an industry-wide salary survey designed to give you the answers to those very questions.


Engineering for inspiration

13 Apr 2015 | By Jason Ford

A new TV show is looking for young engineers who are working on projects that capture the imagination


Could smart software kill the designer?

10 Apr 2015 | By Jon Excell

Next generation artificially intelligent engineering software will take many decisions out of the designer’s hands. Should engineers be worried?


Manufacturing and industry are sorely missing from the general election campaign

8 Apr 2015 | By Stephen Harris

Politicians need to remember the potential they have to help reshape Britain’s economy and why doing so could make the rest of their job much easier.

David Cameron meets apprentices at BAE Systems

Keep up the pressure during the campaign

1 Apr 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

Politicians don’t need reassurance from the engineering and manufacturing sectors. They need continuing pressure on the challenges facing the sectors



Low oil prices – what do they mean for renewables?

10 Apr 2015

The renewable energy industry will be in for a testing time if  oil prices remain low, and will have to bolster arguments about the stability of energy prices from renewables, says Gordon Edge, director of policy at RenewableUK

Intelligent Energy's fuel cell stacks

Intellectual decision

16 Mar 2015

Toyota’s offer of free fuel-cell-related patents is good news for everyone in the automotive sector, says James Batchelor

Neil Lewin

When should a manager not be a manager?

2 Mar 2015

Engineers often need help when they make the transition to management positions, says Neil Lewin of Festo Training & Consulting

Cuadrilla's fracking operation in Lancashire

Engineers have a vital role to play in explaining the benefits of fracking

19 Feb 2015

The IMechE’s Dr Tim Fox explains why we must press ahead with UK shale gas exploration – and ensure the public knows why.

fracking DIAL NPL

Fracking's methane risk cannot be ignored

5 Feb 2015

A call from the Environmental Audit Committee to delay the introduction of fracking in the UK has brought shale gas back to the top of the news agenda. Jane Burston, Head of the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL looks at one issue raised by the Committee: methane emissions.


New heights

30 Jan 2015

BAE Systems’ Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal discusses the opportunities that could be realised by commercial unmanned aircraft

Arup induction

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.


A waste of talent? Making space for autism in engineering

23 Jan 2015

Engineering is missing out on the skills of people on the autistic spectrum, and can do much to make workplaces comfortable for them, argues Ivan Zytynski of fluid handling company Bete


Bright side of automation

18 Dec 2014

Even if some roles are replaced with robots, engineers and their associated skills will continue to be highly sought after, says the IET’s Stephanie Fernandes


Lessons from the past inform fitness for the future

12 Dec 2014

Professor David Balmforth emphasises the role that infrastructure plays in supporting society at the beginning of his year as president of the Instiution of Civil Engineers


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