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Employers 'must do more' to address skills shortage

26 June 2013

Employers struggling to recruit engineers and technicians must do more to address the skills shortage affecting them.

Rail route to have £40m spent on upgrades

24 June 2013

A key rail route from London to Scotland will receive £40m worth of upgrades in projects announced today by Network Rail.

Engineering scheme to address UK’s skill shortage

21 June 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron will announce a new initiative that aims to create 100,000 registered engineering technicians by 2018 to tackle the shortage of skills in several sectors.

Student’s road sign revolution

14 June 2013

A student hopes his new hologram road signs which ‘pulse’ at drivers will lead to a revolution in the way motorists are given information on the roads.

Nicaragua agrees canal deal to rival Panama

14 June 2013

Nicaragua has granted a 50-year concession to a Chinese firm looking to build a shipping channel to rival the Panama Canal.

Cambridge's £1bn energy saving upgrade

12 June 2013

Cambridge’s medieval college buildings, Victorian terraces, shopping centres as well as 20,000 private homes will get an energy-saving upgrade as a part of the city’s energy saving programme.

Egypt to protest against Ethiopia’s Nile dam

10 June 2013

Egypt's foreign minister will travel to Ethiopia to discuss a giant dam being built across the Nile despite Cairo's objections.

Severn Barrage plan rejected by energy committee

10 June 2013

A plan for a £25bn tidal energy barrage across the river Severn is "no knight in shining armour" for UK energy supplies.

Birmingham Airport announces expansion vision

10 June 2013

Birmingham Airport has announced ambitious expansion plans including a business park for the Midland's manufacturing sector.

Watchdog questions if Thameslink will meet deadline

05 June 2013

A public spending watchdog has cast doubt on the Government's ability to deliver the Thameslink project by the 2018 deadline.

Finalists for UK’s top engineering award announced

05 June 2013

Three technological breakthroughs developed in the UK have been shortlisted for the UK's premier engineering prize.

‘Ground-breaking’ deal for Hinkley Point workers

05 June 2013

A "ground-breaking" agreement on pay and conditions will benefit thousands of workers set to build a new nuclear power plant.

Heathrow’s new air terminal will open next June

04 June 2013

Heathrow’s Terminal 2, the replacement for an old terminal demolished in 2009, will commence its operations on 4 July 2014.

Innovations key to growth, says EEF

03 June 2013

The UK’s Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) urged the UK government to use this month’s Spending Review to prioritise investment in sectors key for future growth.

MPs urged to back decarbonisation target

03 June 2013

MPs are being urged to back a target to slash carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030 in a vote this week.

Crossrail tunnelling machine reaches Canary Wharf

31 May 2013

A 1,000 tonne tunnelling machine working on the Crossrail project has broken through into the new Canary Wharf station.

Ethiopia diverts Nile for hydroelectric dam project

29 May 2013

Ethiopia has begun diverting a stretch of the Nile to make way for a $4.7bn hydroelectric dam.

Inquiry into UK's science infrastructure

29 May 2013

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have launched a new inquiry into the UK’s science infrastructure.

Wind turbine based on boating technology sets sail

24 May 2013

A wind turbine that draws on the technology of sailing boats to maximise efficiency has been designed by a firm from Exeter.

Nasa puts shuttle launch pad up for lease

24 May 2013

Nasa has put a "For Lease" notice on one of its launch pads in Florida, nearly two years after the final space shuttle launch.

Offshore wind farm project given go-ahead

24 May 2013

An offshore wind farm in East Anglia that will power as many as half a million homes has been given the go-ahead.

Experts needed to assist urban disaster relief

23 May 2013

Engineers expertise is being put to use helping humanitarian organisations deal with disasters in urban areas.

New weld inspection system to boost rail safety

23 May 2013

An ultrasonic device to test the strength of rail track welds could “radically improve safety standards” on Europe’s railways.

Solar panels power off-grid toll plaza

22 May 2013

Zimbabwe has opened a toll plaza believed to be the world’s first to meet all its electricity needs without a grid connection.

Engineering Heritage Awards for landmark British feats

22 May 2013

Two major feats of British engineering have been recognised with an Engineering Heritage Award.

Renewable heat incentives for households boosted

20 May 2013

The Government has boosted the incentives for householders looking to install renewable heating systems.

MITIE axes mechanical and electrical engineering arm

20 May 2013

Outsourcing group MITIE will axe hundreds of jobs as it closes its mechanical and electrical engineering contracts arm.

Call to capitalise on smart meter roll-out delay

15 May 2013

The IET has called for the government to capitalise on the smart meter roll-out delay to formalise specifications for the system.

Platinum miners stage wildcat strike in South Africa

14 May 2013

Miners working for world number three platinum producer Lonmin launched a wildcat strike today, halting all mining operations.

Green Investment Bank pulls in £2.3bn since launch

10 May 2013

Roughly £2.3bn has been invested in low-carbon projects since the launch of the UK's Green Investment Bank (GIB).

Severn barrage firm announces partners

09 May 2013

The company bidding to create an electricity generating barrage across the Severn estuary have announced their partners.

Liquid air energy storage could become £1bn industry

09 May 2013

Liquid air energy storage technology could unlock a £1bn industry and 22,000 UK jobs, according to a new report.

Twitter users to take control of flower show garden

07 May 2013

Twitter users will be able to directly influence the appearance of a unique digital garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

New forum to boost UK’s power electronics sector

30 April 2013

A new forum focused on raising the profile and importance of the power electronics industry was launched today.

How to plan for a solar superstorm

30 April 2013

Strategies for dealing with a solar superstorm that could knock out critical infrastructure were discussed at a seminar today.

Committee blasts Government infrastructure plans

29 April 2013

A committee has branded the Government’s £310bn infrastructure proposals as “not a real plan with a strategic vision”.

Metals recycling needs bigger role in product design

24 April 2013

Designers of everything from mobile phones to electric car batteries should make their products far easier to recycle.

Fukushima fuel rod cooling halted

22 April 2013

Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant halted cooling of a spent fuel pool at the site this week to remove two dead rats.

Busking, boating and broadcasting to engage public

18 April 2013

Engineers will have the opportunity to become buskers, radio presenters and barge drivers in an effort to engage the public.

Singapore Airport to build fourth terminal

17 April 2013

Singapore Changi Airport has unveiled plans to build a fourth passenger terminal at a cost of US$853m.

Reusable dam system for disaster zones patented

17 April 2013

Researchers have patented a reusable dam that can be easily transported to emergency zones or developing countries.

Too few experts trained in mobile lidar says report

17 April 2013

A new US report into mobile lidar imaging technology has highlighted significant constraints on achieving its full potential.

Japan rejects request to shut down nuclear reactors

16 April 2013

A Japanese court has rejected a petition to close down the country's only two operating nuclear reactors

Lockheed to build thermal power plant off China

16 April 2013

Lockheed Martin plans to build a green energy plant that will use variations in ocean water temperature to generate electricity.

Bentley puts factory roof to practical use

16 April 2013

Over 20,000 solar panels with a capacity of 5MW have been installed on the roof of Bentley Motors' factory in Crewe, Cheshire.

JCB records highest ever profits despite slump

15 April 2013

Digger manufacturer JCB has defied a slump in the construction market to record the highest profits in its 67-year history.

Uganda in talks in China to fund Karuma dam project

15 April 2013

Uganda is negotiating with China to obtain funding for construction of a Nile River hydro-power dam at Karuma.

Construction industry output down

12 April 2013

The weather-hit construction industry has had a seven per cent slide in output on a year ago, recent figures have shown.

Government website and folding wheel up for award

11 April 2013

The reinvention of the wheel and the Government's new website are in contention for the Design of the Year 2013 award.

'Most accurate' electric current instrument unveiled

10 April 2013

Cryogenic and the National Physical Laboratory unveiled the world's "most accurate" instrument for measuring electric current.

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