Recognition for young talent

Engineering graduates can command almost double the salaries of other graduates within five years of starting work, according to research from automation technology company Festo. The research shows engineers twice as likely to find immediate employment after graduation and more likely to reach top managerial positions in successful companies. However, British industry is struggling to […]

Engineering graduates can command almost double the salaries of other graduates within five years of starting work, according to research from automation technology company Festo.

The research shows engineers twice as likely to find immediate employment after graduation and more likely to reach top managerial positions in successful companies.

However, British industry is struggling to find the skills it needs. To help overcome the problem, The Engineer has joined forces with Festo to name the Young Design Engineer of the Year.

`The UK suffers from a severe shortage of exceptionally qualified engineers,’ said Mike Flaherty managing director of Festo GB. `This award has been created to give the engineering profession the kudos it deserves.’

The competition is open to engineers up to the age of 30, who are working in industry.

Entries for the Young Design Engineer of the Year can be based on one of a number of achievements:

{{* innovation and practicality in the design and manufacture of a particular product;* an outstanding contribution to an engineering project or development; * enhanced productivity and efficiency through automation.}}

The awards, now in their third year, have attracted a diverse set of entries, from the creator of a device to simplify laying paving slabs to an engineer who redesigned an airliner. Last year’s award went to Christopher Smith of Newcastle upon Tyne, who won for his novel design and construction of a miniature air filter element.

The 1997 winner goes on an all-expenses week for two in Germany, visiting well known engineering outfits including Festo and Mercedes-Benz. At Festo the winner will see research and development at the parent company in Esslingen.

The 1997 Young Design Engineer of the Year will be announced at a ceremony in November.

Entries must be in by 30 August.

Details and entry packs are available from Festo on 01252 775000.