Types of Engineering Disciplines

Types of Engineering Disciplines

The creative design and development of structures and machines using science are all engineering techniques. Being a broad field, engineering has its main categories or rather disciplines namely:

1. Chemical engineering.

2. Civil engineering.

3. Electrical engineering

4. Mechanical engineering.

More sub-disciplines are further derived from these main disciplines. These disciplines offer the skills needed in the field. I have discussed them further below.

1. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

It involves the application of chemistry for mass production of a variety of products like: fuel, fertilizers, paper products, petroleum, pesticides, industrial chemicals like salts and many more. Chemical engineering is further divided into sub- disciplines;

Molecular engineering

It specializes in mass production of molecules.

Biomolecular engineering

It specializes in the manufacture of bio chemicals.

Corrosion engineering

Materials engineering

  • It involves the application of the properties of matter in the field of engineering.
  • Process and control systems engineering
  • Its main specialty is in the operation of chemical processes.

2. CIVIL ENGINEERING

This involves the construction of buildings and structures, infrastructure and public works. Its sub-disciplines include;

  1. Geo technical engineering.
  2. Mining engineering.
  3. Structural engineering.
  4. Surveying.
  5. Environmental engineering
  6. Transportation engineering
  7. Water resources engineering.

3. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

This is a broad discipline that involves the study of all electronic materials, electronic energy, systems and devices. It has the following sub-disciplines.

Computer engineering– It is the design and manipulation of computing systems. It specializes in software, network and hardware engineering.  Here is a closer overview of computer engineering.

Electronic engineering– It involves devising of circuits that use electromagnetic energy. It specializes in control and telecommunication engineering, robotics, computer architecture, information technology, computer design, intelligence and operating systems.

Power engineering– Involves the devising if electrical devices such as the electric motors and transformers. It also involves electricity transmitting and generating processes.

Optical engineering– Involves devising devices that use the electromagnetic radiation.

4. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

This is the broadest discipline in engineering which involves machines, mechanical systems, energy converting systems and devices. It specializes in thermodynamics, solid and fluid mechanics and mechanical design. The following are its sub-disciplines;

Thermal engineering– It involves the heating and cooling processes for example refrigeration.

Manufacturing engineering– Involves the manufacturing process of tools and machines.

Sport engineering– Involves the whole process of designing of sport equipment.

Acoustical engineering– Involves the control of vibration.

Vehicle engineering– Involves designing and manufacturing of the appliances that control vehicles.

Energy engineering– It is a field that generally involves energy consumption.

 

Engineering is a broad field and therefore, other than the above discussed divisions and subdivisions of engineering, we also have other fields including geo technical engineering, metallurgical engineering, marine engineering, nuclear and ocean engineering among many others.

How to Find a Top Notch Engineering Company

How to Find a Top Notch Engineering Company

When you are giving up your hard-earned money to pay for a service, you deserve to find the right one to fit your needs. This applies to all industries and services, but the topic at hand here today is engineering. How do you find a top not engineering company? Let’s break it down.

HOW TO FIND A TOP NOTCH ENGINEERING COMPANY

First, make a list of your expectations and requirements. What kind of product or service are you needing assistance from? There’s no point using a company who specializes in something other than the project you have at hand. In other words, don’t approach a chemical engineering firm for a construction job!

WHERE TO LOOK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Search out the companies in your area, online if applicable, and take a look at their testimonials. Reviews from previous or existing customers are a great way to gauge the abilities of a company. If you come across positive feedback related to your project, then you might have a winner!

Take a look at how long the company has been established for, and how professional their website and web presence is. This isn’t to say that new businesses aren’t worth using, but high quality web-presence is a huge indicator of the professionalism of any business. Obviously, spelling and grammatical errors should be a red flag.

The credentials of the engineers are a great indicator of ability as well. Look for engineers who have qualifications aligning with the service you are looking for.

Can the engineering company offer you a range of different services to make your project easier to handle? You may come across a company or firm that can do all of the design work, no problem…but they have limited options when it comes to procurement and final construction. It can be cost-effective to find a company who has qualified staff to handle all aspects of your project. This can make for a quicker turnaround as well.

DON’T HESITATE TO TALK!

Any worthy company or firm from any industry will be open and welcoming to potential clients wanting to discuss a project first. Send an email or give them a call. Ask to meet with them or discuss your project and what the firm could offer you. Most firms will give you a quote.

THINGS TO BRING UP IN YOUR INITIAL CONVERSATION

– Timelines: what do you expect and what can they realistically offer?
– Materials
– Number of staff (will there be one go-to person you can have as your main contact?)
– Cost

Remember, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want to stick to it! All good engineering companies will do their best to cater to your needs and be honest about their limitations.