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Engineering as a profession is continually evolving

The changing face of engineering requires a change in approach

The face of UK Engineering is changing. This sector is now inextricably linked to the fast-paced development of technologies, requires a wider range of skills and is internationally diverse. The perception of engineering however, continues to fall short of reality, because industry fails to paint an accurate picture of what a career in engineering entails today. This perception gap exacerbates the current skill shortage and poses a significant challenge to UK growth of this vital sector.

Smart parking may cut pollution and significantly reduce congestion, improving city centres

Why cities need to shift up a gear to park their customers

A free car parking space in the centre of town – is that a mirage you see before you, or have you merely stumbled across the Holy Grail? After 30 minutes of driving around in circles, doesn’t it seem a bit too good to be true?


3D-printed E&T logo

3D-printing revolution impacts on supply chains

Easyjet’s announcement of its intention to use 3D printing to produce replacement cabin parts is further evidence that a technological revolution in the sector is gaining momentum. And it is already having a significant impact on supply chain and procurement strategies.

Jo Mannan, production engineering capability manager at AWE

How businesses can engineer a brighter future by employing more women

For years, science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills have been integral to the UK’s economic success. The STEM disciplines have long been viewed the bedrock of research and innovation underpinning high-value products and services. They are the subjects which provided the foundations on which British innovation was built.

Owen Vanderhoven, an apprentice at Airbus Group

Airbus Group apprenticeship case study: Owen Vanderhoven

Owen Vanderhoven, an apprentice at Vector Aerospace, reflects on his journey on an aerospace apprenticeship and his experience so far.

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  • Powerline versus WiFi - the pros and cons

    Comparing two wireless solutions and examining their relative merits in a home networking environment.

  • Centres of excellence explained

    The term Centre of Excellence (CoE) is becoming a popular way of focusing attention in many organisations, but what exactly is a CoE? How can it be incorporated into an organisational structure? And, is it just another ‘excellence’ fad? Kerrine Bryan and Ian Herbert answer some typical questions.

  • A cool approach to cutting fluids

    Which industrial cutting fluid should you be using for optimal lubrication?

  • 2D and 3D design: Let's work together

    There's no need for an either/or decision – the goal should be to blend 2D and 3D design tools and processes, and get the best of both.

  • Deploying predictive maintenance solutions in rail operations

    At a time when rail delays, disruptions and the rising cost of travel are rarely out of the press, pressure is understandably mounting on UK rail operators to improve the quality of service for commuters. As the recent bout of bad weather across the UK highlighted, rail travel is still frequently disrupted by signalling problems, broken-down trains and congestion.

  • How do you unleash the potential of engineers in SMEs?

    Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has examined how you can achieve competitive advantage through people in SMEs, taking an engineering company as one of the central case studies.

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  • Spitfire enters the digital age

    3D digital scanning specialist Physical Digital has captured the very essence of the last airworthy Spitfire.

  • Controlling the car of the future

    Cars have seen great improvements in styling, safety and performance over the last 40 years. The next area for evolution is likely to be the interior, in particular the interfaces between the car systems and the occupants.

  • 2D and 3D design: Let's work together

    There's no need for an either/or decision – the goal should be to blend 2D and 3D design tools and processes, and get the best of both.

  • i-Give: a new era of charity donation

    A professor from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University presents details about the first highly interactive donation system, providing a user-friendly multimedia interface for promoting, motivating and assisting people to make donations at any particular time.

  • Isolated DC-DC performance in an ultra-small form factor

    Presenting innovative silicon integration, power-system-in-package and proprietary control architectures to enable benchmark isolated DC-DC performance in an ultra-small form factor.

  • Deepwater Horizon Drilling Platform Explosion

    There has been widespread coverage of the Gulf of Mexico disaster in many news papers but the report which is more interesting to control systems engineers, was published in The Times on the May 18th 

  • Do we still need to find black boxes?

    Could better aircraft communications help make aircraft black boxes obsolete?

  • Danish railway gets in-carriage network

    Network enabled trains integrate security, surveillance, passenger counting and infotainment technologies.

  • Using customer experience management to meet the challenges of next-generation mobile

    Mobile operators could benefit from understanding how customers experience their services 

  • Migrating to Linux: how and why

    Linux is firmly established in the embedded market, but migrating existing source code to the operating system is a considerable undertaking. This article explores the steps necessary to migrate, the technical requirements and possible pitfalls and the differences between buying an established Linux implementation and developing one internally.

  • Ultrawideband: not dead yet

    Marty Colombatto, chief executive officer of wireless USB chip company Staccato Communications, says that the ultra-wideband based technology is just beginning to take off.

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