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An engineer is someone who practices the profession of engineering. Engineers use creativity, technology, and scientificknowledge to solve practical problems. The title "engineer" is normally used only by individuals who have an academic degree (or equivalent work experience) in one of the engineering disciplines.

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             1 Working as an engineer

             2 Other meanings

             3 See also

             3.1 Lists of engineers by discipline

             3.2 Other related lists

             4 References

             5 External links

Working as an engineer

Engineers and scientists are often confused in the minds of the general public. While scientists explore nature in order to discover general principles, engineers apply established principles drawn from mathematics and science in order to develop economical solutions to technical problems. The work of engineers is the link between perceived social needs and commercial applications. Engineers consider many factors when developing a new product. For example, in developing an industrial robot, engineers precisely specify the functional requirements; design and test the robot’s components; integrate the components to produce the final design; and evaluate the design’s overall effectiveness, cost, reliability, and safety. This process applies to the development of many different products, such as chemicals, computers, engines, aircraft, and toys.

In addition to design and development, many engineers work in testing, production, or maintenance. These engineers supervise production in factories, determine the causes of component failure, and test manufactured products to maintain quality. They also estimate the time and cost to complete projects. Some move into engineering management or into sales. In sales, an engineering background enables them to discuss technical aspects and assist in product planning, installation, and use. Supervisory engineers are responsible for major components or entire projects.

Engineers use computers extensively to produce and analyze designs; to simulate and test how a machine, structure, or system operates; and to generate specifications for parts. Many engineers also use computers to monitor product quality and control process efficiency. The field of nanotechnology, which involves the creation of high-performance materials and components by integrating atoms and molecules, also is introducing entirely new principles to the design process.

Other meanings

In Britain, an engineer can also mean a technician or a person that mends machinery.

In the US, the term "engineer" is also used to denote an operator of an engine of some sort, e.g., a railroad engineer denotes the operator of a locomotive, a ship's engineer denotes the operator of the steam engine on a steamship, and a stationary engineer is normally responsible for a stationary steam engine.

The term "field engineer" is often used to describe installers of electronic equipment.

The term "engineer" may also be used to describe holders of some forms of professional certification, such as (but not limited to) Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Certified Novell Engineer, Red Hat Certified Engineer and so on.

In Canada, the usage of the term "engineer" to describe holders of professional certification is not legally permitted. The Canadian Council of Professional Engineers mounted an extended campaign to get Microsoft to renounce use of the word "engineer" in the title of their certification[1]. A 2001 reader survey by Microsoft Certified Professional magazine found that over half of respondents supported changing the name of the MCSE to remove the word "engineer"[2].

Yet another definition of the term is a Military engineer, who is member of any branch of the armed forces responsible for the design and construction of offensive, defensive and logistical structures for warfare. This term is used in military units throughout the world and has been used since ancient times.


See also

   ?      Engineering

   ?      Category:Engineers

   ?      Professional certification, and in particular

   ?      Engineering Technician

   ?      Chartered Engineer

   ?      European Engineer

   ?      Incorporated Engineer

   ?      Professional Engineer


Lists of engineers by discipline

   ?      List of aerospace engineers

   ?      List of architects

   ?      List of biomedical engineers

   ?      List of chemical engineers

   ?      List of civil engineers

   ?      List of computer engineers

   ?      List of electrical engineers

   ?      List of industrial engineers

   ?      List of materials engineers

   ?      List of mechanical engineers

   ?      List of nuclear engineers

   ?      List of software engineers

   ?      List of systems engineers


Other related lists

   ?      List of inventors

   ?      List of urban planners




   1       ^ Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (July 2002). MCSE is NOT an Engineer in Canada!. CCPA News Release. Retrieved on 2006-05-13.

   2       ^ Schaffhauser, D.L. (August 2001). Microsoft Certified Systems Expert?. Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online. Retrieved on 2006-05-13., "Of 2,017 responses, 526 of you said, 'Don't change the name at all.' Of the 1,320 who said that only the word Engineer should change, the overwhelming majority—502 respondents—liked 'Expert' as a replacement. "


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