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What Do Engineers Do?

FlourishAnyway is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with applied experience in corporate human resources and consulting.

Let's hear it for engineering awesomeness.  As logical, practical, scientific problem solvers, they enjoy one of the world's most important professions.  Do you have what it takes?

Let's hear it for engineering awesomeness. As logical, practical, scientific problem solvers, they enjoy one of the world's most important professions. Do you have what it takes?

Engineers: They're Math Ninjas, Science Samurais, and More

You say "engineer" and I say "math ninja."

You say "engineer" and I say "logical thinker" and "creative problem solver."

You say "engineer" and I say "science samurai."

Yep, you've got that right. Thank heaven for engineers—wonderful, under-appreciated, and (let's be honest here) well-paid engineers.

If you value the efficiencies and conveniences of your modern life, you can thank engineers. Many of us, however, are barely aware of the sheer value of their contributions. We don't know what engineers actually do.

Engineers allow us to explore new worlds. Aerospace engineers develop new technologies, from scramjets that can take you from New York to Tokyo in two hours, to satellites, to rockets, missiles, and more.

Engineers allow us to explore new worlds. Aerospace engineers develop new technologies, from scramjets that can take you from New York to Tokyo in two hours, to satellites, to rockets, missiles, and more.

So What Is an Engineer?

If you look in a textbook for a simple explanation of what engineers do, you're likely to find a definition similar to this one:

Engineers creatively apply scientific and technological principles to

  • design or develop structures, machines, equipment, or apparatuses, or
  • improve manufacturing or other processes.

What this really means is that engineers find creative ways to take science out of the lab and apply it in ways so that you and I can benefit. They apply their scientific knowledge to solve problems.

Engineering is about creating things. Whether it is traditional, physical buildings — from bridges and robots to power transmission systems and race cars — or a 'virtual' product like Facebook or an iPhone app, engineering requires you to conceive of something that doesn’t yet exist, and then make it happen. ... It’s about inventing, creating, and building.

— Mikell Taylor, Robotics Engineer

Robotics engineers design, build and maintain robots, mostly for industrial applications.  Other uses include military, space, entertainment, education, housecleaning, and medicine.

Robotics engineers design, build and maintain robots, mostly for industrial applications. Other uses include military, space, entertainment, education, housecleaning, and medicine.

Engineers design and develop

  • the tools that entertain and connect us with one another
  • the technologies that keep us safe and comfortable
  • the systems that transport us across town or to elsewhere in our galaxy
  • the devices that help detect, monitor, and treat illness and injury and enhance our quality of life
  • the structures that shelter us, and
  • the processes that deliver electricity, fossil fuels, and every other type of energy to power our modern lives.

Engineers Make Products and Processes . . .

faster

more energy efficient

less variable (more consistent)

stronger

safer

less harmful to the environment

more resilient

more useful

more cost effective

Examples of Engineers' Impact on Society

Engineers have helped to create . . .

social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn

plant-based textiles and bio-plastics

3D printing of animatronics, prosthetic limbs and artificial organs

post-consumer recycled paper and greener packaging technologies

our transportation infrastructure

the electrical grid and its energy alternatives

clean, safe drinking water

robots that perform IED (improvised explosive device) disposal

tele-robots that locate people after disasters, perform surgeries, or work underwater to turn off a valve (e.g., on an oil rig)

alternative energy sources for automobiles (e.g, high energy, rechargeable batteries)

cardio-pulmonary stethoscope to predict heart failure

more durable asphalt and greener concrete

structures that are resistant to high wind, earthquakes, etc.

space travel and underwater exploration

Why Study Engineering? Several Fortune 500 CEOs Weigh In

Civil Engineers: Building Our Future

Who designs roller coasters that are not only structurally sound but also provide the adrenaline rush that amusement park goers seek?

And who can we rely on to design buildings that resist the damage of natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods?

Civil engineers are the masterminds who plan, design, and oversee construction and maintenance of public and private-owned infrastructure and public works, including:

  • buildings and power plants
  • roads, tunnels, railways, and bridges
  • water supply and sewage systems
  • airports and
  • levees, ports, dams and reservoirs.

Can you imagine going about your daily life without the life-affirming impact of civil engineers?

On a day-to-day basis, the job relies heavily upon analytical and problem solving skills, particularly in the project planning phase. During project planning, civil engineers review survey reports, maps, blueprints, aerial photography, and other topographical or geologic data.

They also typically

  • direct and participate in surveying in advance of construction
  • perform tests on soils and building materials, and
  • assemble cost estimates and submit compliance documents such as deeds, environmental impact statements, or property and right-of-way descriptions.

Given the particularly critical nature of the nation's transportation infrastructure, the career outlook for civil engineers is very positive.

Mechanical Engineers: Engineers in Motion

If you couldn't do without your automobile, air conditioning, or smart phone, you owe a debt of gratitude to mechanical engineers (among others) who make these technologies a reality.

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines, as well as one of the largest and oldest. Mechanical engineers create and build mechanical devices, often helping to take a product from concept to marketplace.

Their expertise comes from a knowledge of mechanical systems as well as the following:

  • materials
  • solid and fluid mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • heat transfer
  • control
  • instrumentation
  • design, and
  • manufacturing.

On a day-to-day basis mechanical engineers may

  • Analyze blueprints, technical drawings and schematics.
  • Structurally design products.
  • Troubleshoot manufacturing problems. Investigate system, equipment, or product failures.
  • Recommend and implement design modifications/improvements.
  • Document design details.

Chemical Engineers: Delivering Solutions

What do each of the following have in common?

  • gasoline and biofuel
  • vaccines and antibiotics
  • plastics and adhesives and
  • the catalytic converter.

Chemical engineers made each of these innovations possible.

Chemical engineering is a remarkable profession. It can take the smallest of discoveries in laboratories — from all fields of science and technology — and replicate them on a mass scale, consistently and economically.

— David Brown, IChemE's Chief Executive

From biotechnology to pulp and paper ... from chemical processing to energy ... from food and beverages to electronics ... chemical engineers are employed in a broad range of industries. In general terms, chemical engineering is concerned with

  • how to combine or separate chemicals to achieve an intended result
  • how to store, transport and handle chemicals safely and
  • how to recycle or dispose of them.

On a day-to-day basis, chemical engineers apply their knowledge of physics, chemistry and engineering principles to solve a variety of problems. For example, they may:

  • develop safety procedures for employees who work with chemical processes
  • troubleshoot chemical manufacturing processes
  • perform chemical testing to monitor performance throughout the production process
  • evaluate the chemical manufacturing process for compliance and
  • research and implement process improvement recommendations.

Electrical Engineers: They Get a Charge out of Their Careers

Electrical engineers are the brainiacs behind a variety of electrically powered products and systems. They design and develop equipment that supplies, generates or transmits electricity. If you appreciate the following, you can thank electrical engineers:

  • lighting and wiring in buildings
  • radar and navigation systems
  • broadcast and communications systems
  • electric motors
  • machinery controls and
  • power generation and transmission equipment, such as that used by electric utilities.

On a day-to-day basis, electrical engineers may:

  • plan electrical circuits and wiring
  • test electrical products, installations, and systems to diagnose and correct malfunctions
  • make design improvements
  • oversee electrical maintenance and
  • design, develop, test, and supervise electrical equipment manufacturing.
Women are CONSIDERABLY underrepresented in STEM careers.  Organizations thus try to actively encourage middle school and high school girls to consider careers in engineering.

Women are CONSIDERABLY underrepresented in STEM careers. Organizations thus try to actively encourage middle school and high school girls to consider careers in engineering.

Want to Know More? Additional Engineering Resources

O*NET Online

Need to know what the needed knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics are for an occupation? This large database provides a career outlook, as well as a job description, wages, related occupations, and links to actual job openings.

Professional Societies

These professional organizations can help you gain insight into the types of projects, priorities, resources, and technological advances that are relevant to the engineering discipline. Student memberships may also be available.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

This government resource describes pay rates and where the highest concentration of jobs are in the United States for engineers.

Some of the inner workings of the Eiffel Tower.  The landmark was named after French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built it. The now-famous structure  was controversial in 1889, at the time it was built

Some of the inner workings of the Eiffel Tower. The landmark was named after French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built it. The now-famous structure was controversial in 1889, at the time it was built

Funny Tidbit: Engineers Make Upgrades Everywhere They Go

An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, "Ah, you're an engineer. I'm sorry, but you're in the wrong place."

So, the engineer reports to the gates of Hell and is welcomed in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in Hell and begins designing and building improvements. After awhile, they've got air conditioning, flush toilets, and escalators. Obviously, the engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day, God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, "So, how's it going down there in Hell?"

Satan replies, "Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators. There's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."

God replies, "What?!? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake—he should never have gotten down there; send him back up here immediately."

Satan says, "No way. I like having an engineer on staff, and I'm keeping him."

God says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue."

Satan laughs uproariously and answers, "Yeah, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?"

Source Unknown

Engineering Quotes

“Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.”

—James A. Michener, American author

"What we usually consider as impossible are simply engineering problems ... there's no law of physics preventing them."

Michio Kaku, American theoretical physicist

"The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds."

—Theo Jansen, Dutch artist

"The story of civilization is, in a sense, a story of engineering -- that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man's good."

—Lyon Sprague de Camp, American science fiction writer

"Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world."

—Isaac Asimov, American author

"Scientists study the world as it is, engineers create the world that never has been."

—Theodore von Karman, Hungarian-American NASA engineer

"The scientist discovers a new type of material or energy and the engineer discovers a new use for it."

—Gordon Lindsay Glegg, Scottish mechanical engineer

"This is not the age of pamphleteers. It is the age of engineers. The spark-gap is mightier than the pen. Democracy will not be salvaged by men who talk fluently, debate forcefully and quote aptly."

—Lancelot Hogben, British zoologist

"There can be little doubt that in many ways the story of bridge building is the story of civilisation. By it we can readily measure an important part of a people’s progress."

—Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President

Do you have what it takes to be an engineer: a talent for math, science and logical problem solving?  A challenging career awaits you!

Do you have what it takes to be an engineer: a talent for math, science and logical problem solving? A challenging career awaits you!

You and an engineer will be banished to a deserted island.  You can choose what type of engineer you will take with you.  Which will it be?  Vote in our poll below!

You and an engineer will be banished to a deserted island. You can choose what type of engineer you will take with you. Which will it be? Vote in our poll below!

Reader Poll

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2014 FlourishAnyway

Comments: Tell Us What You Appreciate Most About Engineers

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 15, 2020:

Peggy - I have a few playlists for the high school engineering studies program that my daughter graduated from, and one of them is, "Ultimate Stem Playlist: 67 Songs About Science and Engineering." https://hubpages.com/playlists/Ultimate-STEM-Playl...

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 15, 2020:

I am still laughing at that joke. We would not enjoy the lifestyles of today with safe buildings, drinking water, pharmaceuticals, and so much more if it were not for engineers. We should have songs that celebrate them!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 21, 2018:

Patricia - So many of our girls in particular need encouragement to understand this is a viable career pathway. Thanks for reading!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 21, 2018:

I am in awe of those who call themselves engineers. How different our lives would be if those who pursue this career were not on the planet. Hoping many of our young ones decide to choose this as a life's work.

Angels once again on the way ps

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 14, 2018:

Tamara - So funny. I have the same experience, but my husband is usually too tired from his work to fix anything. Lifestyle is good and I don't need someone else to be all emotional anyway. Thanks for stopping by.

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on April 14, 2018:

Wow! Very in-depth article. I liked your poll questions, too...lol. I once dated an Engineer. Very logical, and non-emotional. But, he was extremely intelligent and reliable, I must say! If I was having a down-day, he’d go and install a brand new electrical fixture for me. I didn’t get much of a shoulder to cry on, but my house was in excellent condition, inside and out. Ha haha...

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 09, 2018:

CWanamaker - I enjoyed your engineer joke. My husband is a chemical engineer and I never miss an opportunity to share the engineering humor with him. For Valentine's Day, I got him a card that had chemical symbols on the front of it: Ni Ce As S. I think he was expecting something a little more sentimental from me, but when I saw that card I couldn't pass it up. Thanks for reading.

Christopher Wanamaker from Arizona on April 08, 2018:

Engineers certainly make the world go around and without them we wouldn't have much technology. A career in engineering is both demanding and rewarding. The decisions that engineers make when they are designing things can often literally be a matter of life or death. You mentioned roller coaster designers in your article - It reminds of something I recently heard on the news where a child died on a roller coaster that was not designed by a qualified engineer. That designer has now been arrested.

I loved your joke as well. Here's one for you that I've said on more than one occasion:

Is the glass half full or half empty?

An Optimist Says: "It's half full."

A Pessimist Says: "It's half empty."

An Engineer Says: "The glass is twice as large as it needs to be"

Great Article!

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on March 21, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Flourish. I have thought about such things but my age and my health have been kind of taking a toll on me. January was a terrible month health wise and I am in remission on my facial pain, but I have anxiety anywhere I go that this may be the time that it returns. Congrats to your daughter. We need more people like her to get manufacturing back into this country.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 21, 2018:

Larry - You are awesome! Thank you for sharing a bit about your career. You should consider passing on some of your skills and innovation to youth by volunteering with FIRST robotics or another strong STEM organization. Many FIRST teams go begging for people like you! My daughter is graduating from an engineering studies specialty high school that has strong robotics, rocketry, and maker programs and they love technically skilled people who can mentor the kids and work with them on project design. Such mentors have made the difference in so many of the students' career choices.

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on March 21, 2018:

I just love this article. There is no doubt that engineers bring the world to life. I worked in manufacturing for 30 years and I worked closely with engineers in one of my jobs. I developed a riveting process for a contact on a little part that engineers in that company were unable to do for 30 years. My developing that process made 3/4 of a million dollars a year for that company. I made the original tooling to assemble the workings of a hand held bar code scanner by working with mechanical engineers. In my manufacturing career I put flint tubes in cigarette lighters, work on parts for shrimp boats, worked on large valves, a part that went in the space shuttle, a part for the stealth bomber, and numerous other parts. My work was stressful at times but rewarding.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 25, 2016:

norma - Thank you for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

norlawrence on September 25, 2016:

Very good article. Loved all the information. Thanks

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on May 23, 2016:

Peggy - Glad you enjoyed the engineer joke. Thanks for tweeting!

Peggy Woods on May 23, 2016:

Engineers certainly are important people in what they achieve in making our lives a better place in which to live. I am still laughing over that joke near the end. Ha ha! Giving this a share.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 01, 2015:

Audrey - Hats off to that courageous young woman for her career choice. I wish her the best. Thank you for reading and pinning. Have a great week.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 31, 2015:

Hi Flourish - This is surely an intellectual subject to undertake with excellent results. It could easily arouse interest in the engineering field. I know a girl who is an engineer and also a Type I diabetic. She is a recent graduate, and I often wonder how she is doing. She is highly paid and lives in Kansas City. I admire any person who goes into this specialized field and appreciate your breakdown of the different kinds of engineers. Your technical article impresses me. Pinning. Blessings. Audrey

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 30, 2015:

SAQIB6608 - A big high five to you! Engineers rock. I like the way they can always find something to do, something to create or fix, improve or tinker with.

SAQIB from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN on January 30, 2015:

Being engineer myself, I just loved reading your hub. Great thumbnail Images, Engineers are no doubt out-shiners, creative's and full of effervescence !!

Whether its civil, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics, mining, chemical or any kind !! Engineers make us proud through innovation and we do not get bored of so many things attached to our lives!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 05, 2015:

Joyfulcrown - They sure have to be smart with all the math and science that is required. I'm sure you are very proud of your dad. Thanks for stopping by.

Joyfulcrown on January 05, 2015:

Very interesting information about engineers. My father is an engineer, he is one of the smartest person I know.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 13, 2014:

rajan - Thanks for your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 12, 2014:

Awesome and detailed information on engineers. It's absolutely impossible to think of any technological advancement without these under estimated and less sung community.

And the hub presentation is absolutely first class.

Congrats, Flourish.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 28, 2014:

vespawoolf - Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 27, 2014:

This is an interesting overview of different types of engineers and their achievements. There are lots of engineers in Peru but not enough work for all of them. The engineers who work with mining do well, but it´s too bad they´re destroying the earth. Still, I know engineers do much good. I will go hug an engineer today! : )

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2014:

ezzly - Yep, some of the engineers I know don't do emotions. I guess it's an individual thing. Thanks for reading and commenting.

ezzly on November 17, 2014:

Once again another fantastically written article! Ha ha I love the mushy gushy emotions reference, my dad has his major in engineering and yeh he's not great with emotions!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 12, 2014:

mary615 - Congratulations on that successful daughter! You must be very proud. They do need to have higher-than-average IQs. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 11, 2014:

Excellent Hub on the field of engineering. I have a daughter who is an engineer, and works at Boeing Aircraft. She is highly intelligent, and never have settled for just any career. I do think these people have high IQ's.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 05, 2014:

poetryman6969 - Yes, we need talented lady engineers! Thanks for reading.

poetryman6969 on November 05, 2014:

Let's hope some women get inspired.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 01, 2014:

LongTimeMother - Thank you for visiting. It's a worthy career choice and I do hope more consider it as they plan their futures.

LongTimeMother from Australia on November 01, 2014:

What a great article you've created here, FlourishAnyway. Extremely useful for teenagers considering career choices. I'll be suggesting a few take a closer look at your lists. Thank you. :)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2014:

Cynthia/techygran - Thanks! Back at 'cha!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2014:

ChitrangadaSharan - I bet nothing in your house is broken, that it's all been taken apart and put back together many times. And I love that your daughter got into the act too! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2014:

Elsie Hagley - Thank you. There's so much engineer humor. I thought I couldn't get by without sharing a little of it.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 31, 2014:

Awesome article and what a grand tribute to engineers!

And I say this, not because I belong to a family of five, in which excluding me, all are engineers, but I truly believe in them and their contribution to mankind. My husband is a mechanical engineer, whereas in two of my sons, one is an electronics engineer and the younger one a mechanical engineer. My daughter is a software engineer.

It's a very well presented and unique hub, acknowledging their work and contribution for the development of society.

A well deserved HOTD! Thanks and votes up!

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 30, 2014:

Congrats FlourishAnyway! You the One!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 30, 2014:

Congratulations for HOTD. A lot of very interesting stuff here that I'm sure an engineer will have a good laugh over some of it. Enjoyed Thanks.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

My Bell - Glad you enjoyed this. He'll probably get a kick out of science samurai.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Peg - I'm glad your brother will enjoy this. Give him an awkward hub across the miles.www

Marcelle Bell on October 30, 2014:

Congrats, Flourish on HOTD! My brother is an electrical engineer so I really enjoyed reading about his profession and all the different types of engineers. Great, fun information and love the pictures too! Thumbs up!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

dougwest1 - Sending an awkward hug to you both! Woo-hoo! Engineers rock!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Rebecca - For so many people it is a big mystery. Glad I could shed a bit of light. Thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Better yourself - Thank you for reading. I'm glad you have a couple of engineers in your life. They do each have their specialties.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Your Cousins - Their talent really is worth what they earn! I used to recruit them when I was in the HR field and I was always impressed by not only their imagination but also the big bucks and perks they could command. And that was when they were a bit more plentiful.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Kathleen - Yep, that's them. Level-headed, ever practical. Love your story!

Doug West from Missouri on October 30, 2014:

Good Hub. I am a retired engineer and my son is an engineer. Keep up the good work.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on October 30, 2014:

Hey, thanks, Flourish, for the best wishes.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 30, 2014:

This one is educational and funny, Flourish. I had to laugh at the Engineering joke at the end. I'll be sending this one to Facebook so my brother, the Electrical Engineer will get a spark out of it. Oh, and the hug an engineer was great, too. Congratulations on Hub of the Day. Well done.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 30, 2014:

I'm sure you've cleared up the job description for engineer for many. I use to think it was just the driver of a train. Good job, and congratulations!

Better Yourself from North Carolina on October 30, 2014:

Excellent hub and tribute to Engineers! And congrats on HOTD!!! My uncle and cousin are a civil engineers, and my great uncle was an engineer as well. If stranded on an island, I'd prefer to have one of each :D They all have their strengths and specialties that are extremely valuable! Voted Up!

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on October 30, 2014:

Great job on the Hub of the Day! The quote you used really sums it up..."conceive of something that doesn’t yet exist, and then make it happen." Engineers are truly awesome and worth the big bucks that they earn. Voted up and interesting.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on October 30, 2014:

Have to share on more insight into the way an engineer's mind works. My dad worked on a project in the Carter Administration that got moved to a California-based firm when Reagan got elected. When it item was first used in combat a few years later, I asked Dad what he thought. He answered, "I'm glad it still worked."

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Suhail and my dog - That's quite a compliment! Thank you. I love the introduction that your boss used. Especially in this green economy there is a place for conscientious, smart, environmentally-minded people like yourself. I encourage you in all you choose to do.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Maria Antonia - Thank you for your kind encouragement and widespread sharing. Although I am not an engineer myself (I'm an industrial/organizational psychologist by education) ... my husband and brother are chemical engineers in different industries and LOVE their careers, my cousin is a civil engineer, my late father-in-law was an electrical engineer, and my teenage daughter is attending a high school Governor's Academy for Engineering Studies (rock on engineering girls, rock on). Neither she nor imagined she would love it this much. I am deeply committed to STEM education and hope more young people -- male and female -- will open their eyes to the wonder this field has to offer.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

nightcats - They often go unnoticed for their creativity but it's actually a defining feature. They need to be problem solvers in a big way! Thank you for stopping by!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Heidi - Thank you! I appreciate your kind support!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

ologsinquito - Thank you! It was a great surprise this morning. I woke up and wondered what all the influx of comments was about. Then I figure it out.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

SusanDeppner - It's such an exciting and changing field. They deserve some rah-rah. Thank you for reading!

June Campbell from North Vancouver on October 30, 2014:

I had not sppreciTed how creative engineers are tntil I read this hub. Thanks for the eye opener.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on October 30, 2014:

Hi Flourish,

You say engineer and I say "I was there once and regret not being in it".

What a useful/informative, funny, awesome, beautiful, and an interesting article all at the same time! You have captured everything relating to the introductory world of engineering in a very captivating manner. Hats off to you!

Btw, a former boss while introducing me to the members of senior executive committee had said, "Suhail is a civil engineer by education, regulatory compliance specialist by profession, and a nature conservationist by choice." I loved that intro and have been carrying it for job interviews and creating profiles on websites, such as the one on Hubpages, ever since then lol.

So powerful was your article that it took me back thinking about the glorious days of my active days in civil engineering world.

ologsinquito from USA on October 30, 2014:

Hey, congratulations to you!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 30, 2014:

BIG congrats on Hub of the Day Award! Well deserved, as always!

Antoinette Lee Toscano from Raleigh, NC on October 30, 2014:

Kathleen your joke about the child going to the doctor is LOL funny. Thanks for sharing.

Flourish congratulation on HOTD voted up, interesting, funny, useful, beautiful, and awesome. I all put it on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ because I think it will be very inspirational for anyone trying to interest their child in a STEM field. You come across as having a good sense of humor, energetic, and extroverted in this Hub; a little unusual for an Engineer--I love it! Well done.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on October 30, 2014:

Hooray for engineers! You're quite the cheerleader. What an excellent article. Wish I would have read this when I was in high school (although much of the content would have been science fiction back then). Engineering is a very popular major at our local university due to the job market, especially one large local employer, as well as our proximity to Houston (although I'm not sure where all those NASA engineers are working now). Congratulations on well-deserved Hub of the Day honors today!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Kathleen - That's a good one. You are really surrounded by them! While they're not usually known for their warmth, I find that the good thing about being married to one is that he is exceptionally reliable, conscientious, and responsive. I've just learned not to expect recitations of poetry or other gushy emotional expressions. But our bills will be paid, what's broken will get fixed, and he'll be home when he says he will. Can't complain about that.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Noelle7 - They are a special sort of person. Whereas I cook a recipe and add more or less of this measurement and that, I find that my engineer husband follows recipes to the letter. He even levels the flour to ensure it's exactly one cup. Who else other than an engineer does that?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

mySuccess8 - Thank you for your kind kudos. I hope more young people will consider careers in this exciting career field, as it has so much to offer and can truly change the world.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

micko27 - Thanks for reading.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Faith Reaper - Thanks so much. This is such a surprise!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Craan - You're a fascinating mix of talents. Thank you for sharing your exciting background. I'm going to hop over to your profile to see what you write about.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on October 30, 2014:

Flourish: Glad you mentioned the humor about engineers. My Dad, husband, and both sons either are or have degrees in engineering (aerodynamic, fluids, electrical and mechanical). Sounds like your family. This hub is a great tribute to them. But you know from living with one the challenges you face trying to peacefully co-exist in a household with one! A mother takes her toddler to the doctor. "Doctor, I can't leave him alone in any room. He will take apart anything mechanical he can get his hands on." "That's serious," says the doctor. "Will he live a normal life?" asks the Mom. "No," says the Doctor. "He'll be an engineer."

Vivian Coblentz on October 30, 2014:

This is an excellent article! Very well-written and thoroughly enjoyable. I know an engineer, so this really hits home because it is right on!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 30, 2014:

Woo hoo, Flourish ... Congrats on the HOTD!!! Well-deserved no doubt!

Sheila Craan from Florida on October 30, 2014:

Hi @FlourishAnyway! I use to be a Computer Science Engineer before I joined HubPages and became a Children's Story Book Author and Story Teller. Computer Science, Engineering was a challenge and I got a kick out of it! I helped to Optimize PrePaid Phone cards and constructed programs that developed certain Robotics especially the cellular telephone. This was awesome, however, today I totally enjoy what I do. And this is writing and writing some more wherever I have the opportunity.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2014:

Barack James - Engineers are pretty awesome and they help us in so many ways. Thank you for reading.

mySuccess8 on October 30, 2014:

With the rapid pace and increasing size in engineering activities and projects, the world is facing greater environmental pollution issues affecting the air, water, soil, noise, etc. Again engineers, including environmental engineers, have made significant contributions in controlling this environmental problem, towards ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. You have captured the main engineering fields very well. This interesting article is brief but concise, supported with excellent videos, making it a good reference for encouraging more students to become engineers of the future.

Congrats on Hub of the Day!

Mirjan Stojanovic from Belgrade on October 30, 2014:

Nice article! Don't know much about engineers but their moto is the best! :)

Barack James from Green City in the Sun on October 30, 2014:

Engineers are geniuses: They make our daily lives simpler day by day. Who knows, may be in future we'll be able to book hotels in space:)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2014:

Devika - Engineers are a source of great inspiration the way they make everything right. Thanks for reading.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 29, 2014:

So often we don't give much thought to engineers and you chose to enlighten me here. A well-researched and very useful hub. Voted up, interesting.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2014:

handymanbill - Those civil engineers are popular choices! Glad you stopped by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2014:

Audrey - Thanks for reading. Have a great week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2014:

Heidi - Green is definitely the wave of the future! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2014:

ologsinquito - Thanks for the kind compliment. Have a great week!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 27, 2014:

Yes, indeed, engineers make things happen in our world! Sometimes the title "engineer" is also given to those troubleshoot and diagnose the equipment and systems that the designing "engineers" create. Technically, they should be called "mechanics."

Though they might be considered "mechanical engineers," "plant engineers" are getting more attention these days, too, as green buildings become more of the norm.

Great review of these careers that definitely need to be "sold" to younger generations as possible paths. Voted up, awesome and interesting!

Audrey Howitt from California on October 27, 2014:

Your hub really does open your yes to all the areas of life that affect

Bill from Greensburg Pennsylvania on October 27, 2014:

I have a Brother in law who is an engineer. I would take a Civil Engineer on the island. Great and interesting information.

ologsinquito from USA on October 27, 2014:

Very good article, one of your very best. We hear the word "engineer" a lot, but most of us are a little foggy as to what these men and women actually do. You're right, we owe them a lot of gratitude. Without an engineer, we wouldn't be reading this article online.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 25, 2014:

Jackie - Math is where it's at! Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 25, 2014:

Nadine May - Good for him that he did this at 40! Very impressive and inspirational! Thanks for reading and commenting.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 24, 2014:

Actually I do know a couple of engineers but never not really what they did. I do know they make really good money! Guess I see why. ^+

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on October 24, 2014:

Wow thank you for this informative hub. My son in New Zealand went back to university when he turned 40 and today he got his Mechanical Engineers degree and now I know at least what he has been swatting for for the last 4 years. Great work

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2014:

Zainab - Engineers are awesome at math and typically tend to be conscientious, reliable, fairly level-headed and realistic people. I'm married to one and I used to recruit them in my work as an HR professional. Incidentally, they also have some of the lowest levels of divorce around.

Musu Bangura from Nation's Capital on October 23, 2014:

I have a cousin who's an engineer and I didn't have a clue of what he did until I read this hub! Now I see why he's such a math wiz! Great information and a delightful read (as always). Voted up!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 23, 2014:

Hi, Nell - Thanks for the kind endorsement. Engineers don't always sell their profession well, and people often confuse complicated and difficult with boring. But it's an important profession with lots of cool options. Thanks for stopping by!

Nell Rose from England on October 22, 2014:

What a great hub! I remember watching Professor Brian Cox, one of our top scientists over here in England, say that they need people to go into science more these days, and most people find being an engineer as boring, his words as he explained it, but he went on to mention some of yours here and yes its exciting, fascinating and well what a great job! so many different fields, this will certainly help people when they are looking for jobs in this area, nice one!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 21, 2014:

KristianKikaso - Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for visiting.

KristianKikaso on October 21, 2014:

You say "engineer" and I say "logical thinker" and "creative problem solver." - I agree with you :* Voted up :)

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