Question: Do you invent things? If so, what have you invented?
Steve Cox answered on 16 Mar 2015:
I wouldn’t say I invent things necessarily, but what I do is to connect things that have already been invented or discovered and combine them in a new way to make something someone hasn’t done before, or improve something that already exists
I think that’s what a lot of day to day engineering is all about – “creating connections”
Huw Williams answered on 16 Mar 2015:
Steve makes good point again here and we sometimes call this “Innovation” rather than invention. As Steve says that sometimes means taking something that already exists and using it in a new and unique way that no one has ever thought of before.
Engineers are great innovators, one that stands out for me was writing a computer program to analyse lots of engine data in a way we’d never done before. For me that was really exciting as I was the first person to ever do that!
Stacey Cutten answered on 17 Mar 2015:
I wouldn’t say I have ever invented anything – I’m still only at the beginning of my career and still training…. Maybe one day 😛
Gosha Barzowska answered on 17 Mar 2015:
Same as Stacey – need to learn a bit more to start inventing 🙂
However an engineer’s job is not only about inventing. it’s more about creating new things by applying already known knowledge and also imporving already existing products by defining its weaknesses – I think that would summarise what I do on daily basis. 🙂
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