This feature is designed to show the multitude of jobs that engineers do, and why they do them. Untimately we will make these contributions into a bigger publication, but in the meantime if you would like to contribute then send your job description in a single sentence, written for a 14 year old to understand to office@wes.org.uk Remember to put what you do and WHY you do it (i.e. the societal impact of your work - not just because you love it).

  • “I create and use computer models of car parts (e.g. plastic trim, airbags) to predict whether they will pass different types of requirements such as safety tests and to improve the designs before the parts are even made.” Kara Laing, Analytical Engineer
  • I oversee the repair and renewal of runways. I am involved with the design, the manufacture of materials, the installation of drainage and lighting.  I then manage a team of people (about 50-100 of them) that install it all and make sure that it is safe. Brandi Davey, Project Manager
  • I design & build instruments for laser physics experiments to find out how electrons move or transfer energy in atoms or molecules e.g. to find out why plants are so good at changing sunlight into food. It's cool & unique & I love it!  Orla Kelly, Design Engineer
  • I take a big complex problem and make it all work. That can be anything! Mostly aircraft for me.  Jenny Colledge, Systems Engineer
  • I create 3D large scale virtual environments and simulate the behaviour of all their elements (e.g. people, car and trains in London) to allow a better understanding and make predictions about the behaviour of complex systems.  Daniela Romano, Computer Scientist
  • I check the safety of the design of electricity generating stations which use nuclear reactionsJackie Longworth, Physicist
  • I design new materials to help repair parts of the body like broken bones and damaged hearts; and also to use in the early detection of cancer and infectious diseasesMolly Stevens, Biomedical Engineer.
  • We build cool web/video/audio stuff that could one day be in the homes (or pockets!) of millions  Rosie Campbell, BBC R&D Engineer