Engineering – a multifaceted profession


 Careers in engineering are also constantly evolving with new processes and technologies being developed, challenging the will of engineers to adopt and develop creative solutions for complex issues, says Dr Tham Yieng Wei, Head of MDIS School of Engineering.

What is engineering? Why is engineering so important? Is engineering a love affair between a man and his machines? Is it all about nuts and bolts, spanners and screw drivers? Is it a career only for men? These and many more questions surface when one thinks of a career in engineering.

Definition of Engineering

Engineering is the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines and structures. In essence, to engineer would be to create.  

It is a marvel to create and provide technological solutions to the problems, issues and ideas that affect every area of our lives. Engineering design and manufacture can be seen in almost everything people and industries use and are important in developing the future of our society.

Impact of Engineers on society

Engineering is a profession that contributes immensely to different aspects of society. Every industry and every area of society depends on the precise and efficient work of engineers. Engineers are involved in innovation, creativity and design that provide technological solutions for sustainable development. Hence, engineers must possess a myriad of qualities – analytical skills, creativity, communication skills, entrepreneur knowledge, leadership, ethical standards, professionalism and flexibility. Among India students, an engineering education is very much in demand. The contributions engineering graduates can make to the Indian society would be immense when their mathematics and analytical thinking skills more tapped into and utilised to their fullest potential.

Different Specialisations and Skill-sets

There are many different specialisations in engineering for example, mechanical, electrical and electronics, civil, chemical, automotive, and robotics. Each engineering discipline requires specific skill-sets, and each sector is complex; requiring strong mathematical skills, logic, intellectual and practical abilities. Careers in engineering are also constantly evolving with new processes and technologies being developed, challenging the will of engineers to adopt and develop creative solutions for complex issues.

 Engineering Education in Singapore

Singapore is a preferred destination for an education in engineering. To meet industry requirements and global challenges, the Management Development Institute of Singapore’s (MDIS) School of Engineering offers engineering programmes in the areas of electrical and electronic, mechanical design engineering, electronic design engineering, engineering management, and project management.

These internationally-accredited programmes are offered in partnership with reputable Northumbria University in the UK.  The University is ranked Top 20 in the UK for General Engineering by The Complete University Guide 2017, and Top 40 in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering by The Complete University Guide 2017.

MDIS School of Engineering offers students an academic progression pathway from diploma to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  The programmes are aimed at preparing graduates well for a challenging and rewarding career in all facets of engineering, ranging from R&D and product design, to development and manufacturing.

Students are guided and taught by highly-qualified academics and experienced professionals from the industry. The School’s engineering workshops and laboratories are fully equipped with various engineering machines, devices, materials and apparatus to support students’ learning experience.

Relevant industry visits, seminars, and workshops are also organised for students to stay up-to-date on industry trends.