Douglas Grady debunks the biggest engineering myths known to man

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For the Average Joe, it would be fair to say that engineering is a complicated beast. It’s not something that you can just “pick up”, and years of education and of course work experience are often required to truly master it.

Having been involved in the field for a number of years, this is something that Douglas Grady knows all too well. He’s been involved in some of the biggest engineering projects in the country, and has the intellectual property around some of the theories that he has adapted.

Bearing this in mind, we are now going to take a look into his world and find out the biggest engineering myths that he has come across in his career. In short, if you are preparing to enter the field of engineering, it’s time to read on.

“Engineering is low paid”

Let’s start with one of the most ridiculous myths around when it comes to engineering. There’s a big misconception doing the rounds that engineers don’t get paid much, when in fact the opposite is true.

For example, if we were to hone in on the UK market, it has been found that an engineering graduate will earn about £5,000 more than a typical graduate from another industry. Then, if we turn to national averages, while the typical engineer will take home around £32,000 per year – the typical UK worker earns about £27,000. Ultimately, the difference is huge and engineers actually take home a lot of money.

“It’s manual work”

Once upon a time the word “engineer” might have been associated with something else – but now it’s related to highly technical work. As such, the suggestion that engineering involves manual work alone could not be further from the truth.

Additionally, it’s not just the engineering side of the equation that you need to take into account. Let’s not forget that there are a lot of management positions involved in this industry, and this means that the potential for your career is huge. This also relates to potential salaries as naturally, management positions attract higher ones.

“Technology will curb the work of an engineer”

This is something that is worrying a lot of industries, but for the typical engineer it should not be a concern in the slightest. In fact, engineers tend to be thriving from technology.

For example, a few decades ago, CAD did not exist. Now, it is the main tool in an engineer’s arsenal. Ultimately, the profession has adapted, and even though technology has changed the scope of things, there is still plenty for engineers to get their hands dirty with.

“This is male only industry”

In some ways, this final myth is very true. It’s a well-known fact that engineering is fairly male dominant, but on the flip side this is something that is starting to change. Companies are actively encouraging more women to become involved in it and over the course of the next few years, the stats will start to even out more.