What is engineering?
“Engineering” literally means “making things happen”. In a very basic sense, engineering is the practical application of science and mathematics to solve problems. Traditionally, engineering is about infrastructure. Engineers were known to create bridges and vehicles that got us from one location to another more efficiently.
In today’s world, engineering is acknowledged as a discipline that opens up opportunities and creates technology and products that help make our lives easier. Almost every aspect in our lives has somehow been influenced by engineers – the products created in factories; the buildings we live in; the water we drink; the computers we surf the net on; medical services and technologies we rely on; the appliances and vehicles. There is no limit to what engineers can do.
The graduate training
Engineering graduates have gained theoretical knowledge, and the next thing they need is training – to acquire practical knowledge, skills and attitudes which can be learned only in an industrial or commercial environment, till they can thoroughly combine their theoretical knowledge with the practical skills required and then they can be qualified as professional engineers.
A graduate engineer programme usually offers its trainees a unique opportunity to work within the engineering profession, to receive mentorship from leading experts in related disciplines, to rotate through various projects to build a broad understanding of a number of core engineering processes, and to develop rudimentary engineering and business competencies to make sound engineering decisions as well as management skills. In Hong Kong, graduate engineer programmes which undergo Scheme “A” training of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers help people to fulfill professional qualification requirements as well.