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Engineers[1] - Engineering Definitions ENGINEERING What is...

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Engineering Definitions
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ENGINEERING What is Engineering? Engineering is the application of mathematics and scientific principles to better or improve life.
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ENGINEERS What is an engineer? An engineer is a person who is trained in and uses technological and scientific knowledge to solve practical problems.
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What Do Engineers Do? Research Development Design Supervise Manage
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RESEARCH Employ basic scientific principles in the discovery and application of new knowledge that will have commercial or economic value Develop existing or invent new products “Discover truths” about a subject The purpose of research is to:
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DEVELOPMENT Is the actual construction, fabrication, assembly, layout, and testing of scale models, pilot models, and experimental models for pilot processes or procedures that will work Does not deal exclusively with new discoveries but involves using well-known principles and employing existing processes or machines to perform a new or unusual function Can involve searches in library, manufacturing literature and patents for existing ideas
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DESIGN Anticipate all manner of problems that the user may create in the application of a machine, or use of a structure Prevent user errors, accidents, and dissatisfaction Requires a mastery of basic engineering principles and mathematics, and an understanding of the capabilities of machines
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SUPERVISE Must take the design engineer’s drawings and supervise the assembly of the object as it was conceived Works closely with the technicians, mechanics, and laborer Associated with the process of estimating and bidding for competitive jobs Employ knowledge of structural materials, fabricating processes and general physical principles to estimate both time and cost to accomplish a task
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What Other Functions Do Engineers Perform?
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