Professional Engineers work with materials, energy, manpower, finance and technology. They are employed in applied research, in design and development, in manufacture and production, in the planning and commissioning of equipment, and in site and plant supervision. Engineers require a wide range of skills and must be adaptable, imaginative and aware of the practical aspects of their work. Job satisfaction among professional engineers is high because they can follow projects through from design and planning to completion.
The rate of change of technology is so rapid that integrated departments which stress the uniform nature of engineering are now recognised as the most appropriate basis for teaching engineering. A broad understanding of their subject assists engineers in their professional careers, especially in their capacity as managers. Aberdeen is the only School of General Engineering in Scotland, making it a unique place for students to gain insight across the whole range of engineering disciplines. The School has a strong tradition of success in research with an enviable international reputation across its research portfolio.
The University of Aberdeen's School of Engineering provides a modern and attractive environment for teaching and research. It is supported by excellent workshops and laboratories dedicated to particular areas of work such as satellite communications, computer aided design, electrical machines, materials testing, laser welding, hydraulics and fluids, concrete, large structures and geotechnics.