There’s no denying that the engineering field is hugely innovative, and has itself undergone a number of transformations, throughout its long and fascinating history. The number of fields within which engineering skills and expertise are required, is also ever expanding, and there are a number of keys sectors, in which the engineers of the future are expected to make a real impact. Interestingly, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) recently released a new report, in which they outlined a number of key, rapidly growing sectors, which are likely to place a significant demand on engineering skills in the future. This will create significant opportunities for the next generation of engineers. Here we take a look at a few of these key sectors, which you can expect to be hearing a lot more about in the coming years.

Robotics

The robotics industry is a hugely exciting field, and has the potential to make a real difference to our lives. According to The Telegraph, currently the race is on to develop the next generation of smart robotic machines, capable of helping us to tackle many of the problems we face in today’s modern world. The IET predicts that the greatest opportunities within this field, for engineers, will lie within the domain of automating manufacturing processes. They also point to a number of key areas in particular, where the UK can establish itself as a world leader in robotics, such as in the development of robotic machines for the nuclear sector, and in the design of robots for use in the medical and health care sectors. Significantly, it’s predicted that if the UK is successfully able to drive growth in this sector, and achieve its projected market share by the year 2025, this industry will generate revenues for the economy of around £75 billion.

 

3D Printing

3D Printing has been hailed by some as having the potential to revolutionise the manufacturing industry, and may even spark a new industrial revolution. Whist 3D printing has yet to take off on a large scale, and is currently only utilised by a small fraction of the commercial manufacturing industry, there’s no denying the huge excitement surrounding this new technology, and its potential. The 3D printing revolution is expected to create a wealth of opportunities for engineers here in the UK, in a number of key areas. This includes the refinement of 3D printing technologies, so that they are capable of supporting large-scale production, in the development of new printing materials, and in the improvement of product quality.

 

Interestingly, here at Airedale Springs, we have our very own 3D printer, and you can find out more about this, and the exciting applications we are using it for here.

These are just a few of the exciting sectors expected to have bright futures here in the UK, creating further demand for engineering skills and ensuring that engineering roles will continue to be increasingly important.

Here at Airedale Springs, we’re leading spring suppliers, and many of our spring products are utilised for a wide range of applications within the engineering industry. As such, we’re excited about what the future will hold for this dynamic and innovative field, and the new avenues it will explore. For more information about our range of products and services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today, by giving us a call on 01535 643456,.and a member of our knowledgeable team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.