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30th October 2015

New opportunities may emerge for engineers as a result of Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Iceland for the Northern Future Forum, an annual meeting of eight Nordic and Baltic nations and Britain. 

Closer energy cooperation is expected as a result of pre Forum discussions between UK and Iceland, and one idea focusses on the building of a hydro electricity cable between the two nations.

The undersea cable would carry hydro and geothermal generated electricity from Iceland to UK.   

July 2015

Recruit more people to Engineering

The plan launched by Scotlands SDS a year ago to recruit more people to the Engineering Industry is bearing fruit according to the chair of that Body.

At the time of inception, hailed as an action plan not merely an aspiration, "its a necessity given the fundamental importance of engineering as a key driver of the nation's economy" stated the SDS.

SDS claims that initiatives have involved partnerships with key skills groups, industry stakeholders and employers to develop the action plan, which has a pivotal role to play in ensuring Scotland's engineering and manufacturing business base is promoted and nurtured.

The chairwoman of the Engineering Skills Leadership Group said "the sector is making solid progress, with Businesses at the cutting edge of productivity enhancement and effective skills development".


Keeping the Lights on

A prominent engineering publication has questioned whether successive governments have done enough to prevent the implications of the National grid announcement that lights are closer to going out this coming winter than for at any time in the past decade.  

The closure of coal fired and older nuclear power stations has been known since before 2000, thus it seems to the Engineering Industry incredible that the nation has arrived at this situation.

Suggestions at this late stage is that new inter-connectors to allow UK access to excess capacity in neighbouring countries should be happening as well as grid connected electricity storage from wind and solar generation.


Job security

The growing threat of cyber crime is creating a wide range of career opportunities for Engineers.   Cyber security engineers can be involved in anything from managing networks to keep hackers out, testing networks to assess their vulnerability and forensic analysis of attacks and new malware to understand the nature of a threat.    On an average day engineers working in cyber security could be designing and building sensors to identify malware signatures or handling and analysing data.  In particular cyber security engineers need to be able to understand the movement of data and the mechanisms used to move and act on it.

More and more graduates are finding the idea of working in cyber security appealing, and as a result one Organisation,  BAE Systems has seen a heightened level of interest in roles at its Applied Inteligence arm.


1st September 2015

A UK navy based upon Dreadnought 2050 featuring Plastic ships that can become see through; electro magnetic weapons with a range of hundreds of miles and torpedoes that travel at 300 knots - this is the future of our sea power, offering exciting challenges for naval engineers.


 An opportunity to re-invent television comes with a re-vamp of Apple TV and the release of a new set top box, which sees Apple competing with on-line streaming services including Netflix and Amazon Prime.       'The television industry will go through an incredible period of change' according to John Sculley, former Apple CEO...........and no doubt some fabulous opportunities for electronic engineers will result! 

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