There are several different types of engineering. These include: Civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental, computer engineering, bio engineering, and specialty engineering like processes including industrial, packaging and logistical.
In each of these types of engineering, advancement rules in concepts and designs. Civil engineers are likely to use hi-tech measurement instrumentation and infrared monitoring for land and structural assessments and evaluation.
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Mechanical engineers use multi-dimensional technologies to design and create mechanical parts and equipment for the agricultural and energy industries. For example, today’s agri-industries are wholly mechanically operated by engineered machines that increase farm and dairy production. Milking machines and automated feeders are linked to computers and reduce the need for manual labor to complete tasks. Mechanical engineers also design massive solar energy arrays and racking for solar energy “farms.” They are also responsible for designing energy-saving measures for water and wastewater processes with state-of-the-art pumping systems, controls and advanced motor efficiency. Making all this necessary work ten times easier.
Those with masters in engineering management know all the amount of work that must be sifted through to make the world go round. Civil engineers are the workers responsible for public structures like transportation, bridges and other technology. Without these we would be treading water. The high paced world of today requires more from our civil engineers than ever before.
Chemical, Environmental and Computer Engineering
There is a strong link between chemical, environmental and computer engineering. When chemical engineers realized that certain toxic chemicals like SO2 and NOX could be neutralized using biomass, for example, this saved billions of dollars on transporting toxic chemicals to certified landfills. Environmental engineers realized that with the use of biomass, a state-of-the-art, highly efficient structure would be needed to store biomass and process toxic materials. Environmental engineers then advanced the bio filtration process a step further with bio trickling filters. In a two-stage process, the most toxic materials run through a chemical scrubber and pass into the bio filter where inoculants neutralize toxicity resulting in less polluted process residuals. Computer engineers fit into these engineering feats neatly to make a difference in the levels of pollution. Computer engineers designed Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to control the bio trickling filters and bio filters. Computer engineers are also credited with today’s advances in telecommunications and energy.
Bio engineering feats include the ability to isolate DNA and advance stem cell research. In addition, bio engineers make a difference by creating robotic orthotics for the handicapped. This highly advanced technology has helped raise standards for veterans who require limb orthotics and devices that restore their mobility.
Process, industrial, packaging and logistical are specialties that are responsible for the emergence of hi-tech advancements in processes, more efficient use of ergonomics for industrial facilities and recyclable packaging to reduce waste. Logistical engineering feats include use of GPS technology to expedite and raise the quality of transportation of goods.
The amount of engineering done today has resulted in numerous technologies and products, we simply couldn’t survive without. Take a look at how your daily life is affected by any number of these and see how much a difference they make for you.
By Brooke Chaplan