The Engineering of Today and Engineers of the Future
Engineering is a very complex and exciting industry that tends to attract especially creative minds. After all, it is often here that innovation can prosper and the highest level of creativity or knowledge can be put to good use. As if that’s not enough, engineering is also a highly meaningful profession.
Think about it: as the world continues to evolve at a frightening pace, engineers are usually tasked with creating solutions, designs and many of the most impressive machinery that we see today.
As already mentioned, these products and services are also especially meaningful in the sense that they usually end up instilling better health, convenience or happiness in the lives of the people who use them. You can find a wide range of avenues to explore for engineers too, for many disciplines fall under the one umbrella, from civil and electrical to mechanical chemical engineering; the sector has a place for those who like to create, design, build or even just tinker.
Simply put, we need engineering to bring ideas into reality and what’s more, in such a technologically driven world, there has never been more demand or importance for the engineer.
Engineering Today and Training for the Future
At Diesel Tech Industries, we like to primarily focus on diesel engines. As you may know, these engines are robust and renowned for their high performance. However, sometimes even the best diesel engines can have problems and when this happens, analysis, ideas and solutions are always required to fix these issues. Needless to say, this is never a one-man-job.
The truth is, engineering requires sound problem-solving skills and effective communication between every member of the team in order to be successful.
And while we talk about the importance of engineers today, it must be said that the future is just important. That is to say, as a leading engineering company, we fully understand that every member of the team is important and this is equally true about the apprentice, or younger engineers who need training.
It’s true, work-integrated training is the best way for younger engineers to learn and the best companies give these individuals the attention they deserve. After all, what we teach today, will be the service that we can continue providing to the engineering industry in the future.
But what else does the engineering industry need to be mindful about?
Quality Assurance in the Engineering Industry
When it comes to engineering, the stakes are always high. Whether this refers to safety, getting the design right or executing a process; the consequences are serious.
With this in mind, the importance of quality assurance and professionalism within the industry is crucial. Engineering is a process that applies scientific solutions to practical applications but engineers also need to be practical in their way of thinking.
For example, it is also the responsibility of engineers to pay attention to the environment. After all, the process often requires that engineers take from this environment in some way and, there needs to be a way to either “give back” or help sustain these resources at the very least.
Therefore, it is also the engineer’s responsibility to protect the environment and the people who use the same space.
Safety in the Engineering Industry
Suffice to say, safety is critical when it comes to the engineering industry.
As a rule, safety in engineering is all about designing a workplace that is less likely to have accidents. In this sense, there are always many guidelines within a company for almost every aspect of daily life in the workplace.
For example, specific rules are set for how workers might interface with machinery while certain elements are often enclosed or even removed for being hazardous. Safer tools might be selected or walkways cleared to allow for better access but overall, the objective is to prevent any potential accidents.
Nevertheless, there is also the possibility of both human error and machine failure, which is why there is always a requirement for more than just rules and guidelines. An example of this can be seen with “shut off valves” which are installed on machinery or vehicles to prevent diesel engine runaway.
Moral of the story: preventing problems from arising is the first step of instilling safety in any work environment.
Are you familiar with Engineering Industry 4.0?
Engineering Industry 4.0
You might have heard about Engineering Industry 4.0? Although an increasingly popular means of organization, it is still not practiced as much as it should. That is to say, this is the right way to go about engineering but unfortunately, many companies lack the discipline to implement this strategy.
But what is Engineering Industry 4.0 exactly?
Well, this happens when all the constituencies inside and outside the company come together. In every instance, the information collected from these constituencies is combined and then used to create the necessary solution. That being said, the most important aspect of the process is having the right format. In other words, Engineering 4.0 is not just about collecting this information but also formatting this information in a centralized location that is both secure and up to date.
And How About Iterative Design?
What’s the best way to build a concept? It’s true, – the question is too broad.
You see, when you try to pull too many parts together at the same time, the complexity of the system is too big. After all, too many things can go wrong and the potential problems during this process can make it impossible to identify the issue.
For this reason, it’s always a better idea to create each piece individually before putting them together. Now: every last piece in this process needs to be designed to perfection and so the cost of this approach is extremely high.
But what does this mean?
It means that iterative design is a preferred method in engineering that makes sense. In case you might not know, Iterative design builds the initial concept or ideal and then goes about expanding and scaling this design.
For example, imagine if a company wanted to build a large piece of machinery but was unsure of the complexity of the overall task. Instead of waiting to perfect the overall design, they might break up the construction of this machinery into smaller parts. That way, the company can focus on perfecting a smaller version of the machinery before building on top of the original machine.
Needless to say, this is merely an example and iterative design is used across many fields in engineering.
Diesel Tech Industries and Keeping Things Relevant
While many companies compete in the engineering space, there are just as many who fail to transition and adjust to the changing world of technology. Thankfully, at Diesel Tech Industries, we have managed to stay relevant and keep on top of these changes.
In case you might be asking yourself, Diesel Tech Industries is a software/electronic engineering company with a reputation for providing smart solutions across multiple industries. That being said, the main focus of Diesel Tech lies with diesel engines, for the company has managed to master every aspect of the construction and performance of diesel engines.
As the engineering workforce evolves, technology is sure to advance but human skills are necessary to ensure the process runs smoothly. In fact, every professional in the engineering industry recognizes this need, which is why safety, training, and willingness to adjust are all essential for the engineering industry of today.