The Importance of Developing Future Engineers
The UK’s Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (6-10 November 2017) and Bunting Managing Director highlights the need for the development of young engineers. The organisation identifies that 186,000 people with engineering skills will be needed annually through to 2024.
We talk with Simon Ayling (Bunting Europe’s Managing Director) to find out the importance of such initiatives.
“The United Kingdom has always had a fantastic engineering and manufacturing reputation. We have had engineers whose work has changed history including Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), who was the engineer behind the building of the Great Western Railway and even redirected the River Taff in Cardiff, and in more recent times Sir Tim Berners Lee who invented the World Wide Web.
In the UK Bunting designs and manufactures engineered products and equipment at two sites. Our Bunting Magnetics manufacturing plant in Berkhamsted focuses on magnet technology, utilising the magnetic forces to develop magnetic systems that power wind turbines and and drive electric motors.
At our newly acquired Master Magnets manufacturing facility in Redditch we specialise in the design and manufacture of Magnetic Separation equipment. These systems use magnetic forces to separate materials and are used widely in recycling and mineral processing.
In both operations we depend heavily on the engineering skills of our employees. We have a Technical Sales Team, with engineering backgrounds, who are skilled in assessing a client’s problem or requirement. In the offices we have Engineering Teams, designing magnetic based solutions. Once the design has been confirmed, our skilled engineers on the shop floors then have the responsibility of building the equipment.
Without engineers, our business would not exist.
However, the number of people who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering is a concern. In fact, when many young people leave school they are unaware of the exciting opportunities in engineering.
A career in engineering will be dynamic, challenging and exciting, unlike many others. We are designing and building equipment that is helping the environment by automatically recovering aluminium cans from waste (Eddy Current Separator). We design and supply magnetic materials and magnetic assemblies for commercial and military aerospace partners with some bespoke components supplied into the satellite industry. Our magnetic equipment makes a difference.
Initiatives such as Tomorrows Engineers Week will hopefully encourage companies like us to shout about what we do and ignite the imagination of our future engineers. We need you!”