• Question: how do u become a engineer

    Asked by John to Agata, Chris, John, Kirstin, Michael on 12 Jun 2016. This question was also asked by k1ll3rm3m3st4R.
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      John Allport answered on 12 Jun 2016:

      I’ve answered a similar question at

      What qualifications would I need in order to become a design engineer?

      However, it depends really on what sort of engineer you want to become, and at what level. There are thousands of different engineering related jobs, and a similar number of routes into them. One of the best websites I’ve come across for getting ideas about career routes is Plotr
      This has lots of information and details of what careers are out there, and how to get into them.

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      Agata Suwala answered on 13 Jun 2016:

      Generally speaking there are two routes : university or apprenticeship. Both will get you to the point when you can call yourself an engineer but they are quite different.

      You have to decide what kind of engineer you want to be, what your resources are and how long you want it to take.

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      Chris Hackett answered on 13 Jun 2016:

      From what I see at my company, doing apprentices will get you into a more hands-on technician sort of role. The guys here operate directly onto the spacecraft, attaching panels and components.
      Going to university sets you up for a more design orientated role, a role requiring more thought and having more responsibility.
      Which route depends on yourself. It is also not unheard of an apprentice doing the technician role and moving onto a design role.

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      Kirstin Rouse answered on 14 Jun 2016:

      I’d agree with the answers here already – the main two routes are either apprenticeships or relevant degrees.