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The future of engineering: 5 exciting fields you could be working in

It might be tempting to think of engineering as an old-fashioned, one track role, but in fact when it comes to the dramatic evolution of technology and industry over the last few years, there’s never been a better time to get into engineering – or a more diverse market of roles to explore, with all kinds of exciting new applications for engineering apprentices that could help to build the future. Here are just a few of the exciting fields opening up for engineers that are truly futuristic:

Robotics

The management and programming of robotics isn’t just limited to scientists and laboratories – in fact, robots have never been as close to being a part of day to day life than they are today. From huge automated factories to household and military applications, robotics is an ever-growing and changing field that is likely to need more and more engineers as it grows and evolves. If working with robots sounds like your dream job, then an apprenticeship alongside these machines might be the perfect fit for you.

3D printing

Another rapidly growing profession, 3D printing has gone from an obscure and gimmicky idea to make little figures and non-working prototypes to a way of creating complex, intricate working parts designed exclusively within specialised software and coding. Where there are advanced machines, there’s a need for engineers – and with machines now being designed to print anything from metal to glass, food to carbon fibre, there’s never been a more exciting time to get into the 3D printing industry.

Augmented reality and VR

If you’re fascinated by computing and programming tools, and would enjoy working in a market that stretches from video games to neurosurgery training, applying your engineering skills to the field of AR and VR can be the perfect way to immerse yourself in an increasingly intricate and important area of technology. VR is no longer limited to simple simulations, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon – so specialising in engineering for this field could prove very beneficial for the future.

Aerospace and space travel

There’s a constant need in the engineering industry for those who want to specialise in aerospace, working alongside other engineers and technicians to provide ever more streamlined ways for people to travel through the air – and even into space. A fulfilling and complex industry, if you’re a fan of physics and looking to extend your engineering apprenticeship into further training or qualifications, this area has plenty of interesting specialisations and projects to consider.

Environmental technology

With more of a need than ever for the development of sustainable technology, and the management of these technologies to perform at their best, the field of environmental engineering has never been more relevant and is likely to be more in demand over the next few years. From wind farms to geothermal engineering, water-powered technology and more, if you’re passionate about the environment and want a career that can be as fulfilling as it is interesting, then environmental technology might be for you.

With so many industries evolving so quickly, it’s no wonder engineers are increasingly in demand – and especially women looking to join these fields. If you’re considering making the move to engineering, or you just want to know more about the opportunities that await you in this challenging, rewarding and important field, then have a chat with us at TTE.

We can provide you with all the information and guidance you need to begin your engineering journey with an apprenticeship, leading to better and brighter things. Contact us today to find out more about what we do.

Photo: Robotic Refueling Mission by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center licensed under Creative commons 2
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