Why Advanced Manufacturing Matters and How To Do It.
What do you want to be when you grow up? That is the big question.
Have you been asked this a hundred of times by your parents, your grandparents and your teachers? Yet still have no idea? That’s OK. This is not uncommon and don’t worry because we are here to help.
Think back to when you were younger. Did you watch Superman, Iron Man, Superwoman, Thor or Captain America and think: I want to be just like them? Well guess what, there’s your answer. Be a hero.
How you ask? Fear not, we have the solution. Become an engineer.
A hero and an engineer have a lot in common; they both change the world. Advanced Manufacturing changes how we live our lives and a career in engineering can change yours to.
What is Advanced Manufacturing?
Advanced manufacturing is so wide and varied. But to put it simply, it is using state of the art and futuristic technology to improve products and processes. It is everywhere. Advanced Manufacturing is the reason we get to live like we do. From how we drive cars, how we fly to the other side of the world for our summer holiday to how we save lives when people are ill.
Why does it matter?
Advanced Manufacturing is leading the biggest advances in our society: solving global warming, medical breakthroughs and developing technology that is changing our day to day lives. Engineering statistics show that the UK economy currently employees over 8 million people in the engineering industry. The industry on the whole is estimated to be worth over 22 billion pounds and is central to ensuring sustainable economic growth in the UK and making sure the country remains competitive in the global economy.
Every year for the next six years, the UK needs 90,000 engineer graduates to keep with demand. Currently, we are only producing 46,000. Meaning we have a problem.
We need heroes. We need engineers. We need you.
When you think of engineers what do you think? Train drivers? Factory workers? Dirty, oily mechanical jobs? Well you’re not alone, a lot of people do, but in fact, this isn’t the case.
So, now let me ask you, what makes a hero? Someone who can fly, who has gadgets, and is powerful? Well…Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s Superman! Yes Superman. Superman flies and he’s a hero. Now let me introduce you to the real heroes.
Have you ever heard of Neil Armstrong? He flies, he’s a hero and he’s also an engineer.
Neil Armstrong was commander of Apollo 11 and one of the first astronaut to ever set foot on the moon. His accomplishments are legendary and far-reaching with his famous phrase, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”
He claims that “Engineering is about what can be” and he’s right. It is about creativity and building the things we imagine in our heads to accomplish new and unforeseen acts that change the way we live and the world we live in.
Have you heard of Iron Man? Well meet, Steve Jobs. He is the Iron Man of reality. Back in 1976, at the age of 21, Steve Jobs started the company Apple. He worked to design and produce the products of the century. The iPhone, iPads and iPods you use daily to check your Facebook, play games, ring your friends, listen to music and endless other activities would not be possible without Steve Jobs.
Sadly, he died in 2011, but, he left behind a £4.5 billion fortune and a legacy of being one the most influential men in history, who revolutionised technology and changed the way we live forever. Steve Jobs became an engineer as he wanted to “put a ding in the universe”. He wanted to make a difference and he did. He’s a hero and he was an engineer.
So, what does this mean for you?
Engineering is one of the most important, rewarding careers out there and between 2010 and 2020, engineering companies within the UK are projected to have 2.74 million job openings.
So next time someone asks you what you want to be when you grow up, have the answer. Say a hero, because you can be.
How to do it
Be different and change the world as what you do as your job, defines who you are. So think of Superman and Iron Man. Think of Neil Armstrong and Steve Jobs and become a hero; become an engineer. They did it, so why not you.
So start your journey. For you, one of the first steps to starting your career in Advanced Manufacturing is choosing STEM subjects throughout your time in education. These include: Maths, Science, Computer Science and Engineering. There is a huge variety of exciting career paths open to those with STEM based skills and people with STEM skills can make a big contribution to many of the big challenges facing society today.
Learn more and get inspired to kick start your Engineering career by taking a look at our video for more information on becoming a hero through being an engineer. The world needs you.
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