We Answer Your Most Commonly Googled Engineering Questions

By Engine Room Posted 13mth(s) ago Reading Time: A few minutes


Did you know that Google receives a whopping 63,000 searches every single second? The average person contributes a minimum of four searches daily, and depending on how curious (or clueless) you are, that number is definitely much higher.

As future tech-savvy engineers, we’re certain all of you have googled something about your choice of study or career at some point. So we thought we’d have a go at tackling some of the most asked questions. Here goes!

Is engineering boring?

This is the first auto-complete that pop ups and boy are we not surprised. Sure, it’s not every day an invention as revolutionary as the Tesla Coil comes around, but engineering is far from boring.

Every day, engineers tackle complex problems that stretch their mind and challenge their skillset. They have to think logically, but also creatively. Sharing his perspective, Mechanical Engineer at Schlumberger, Anshul, says, “In school, when we study engineering, it’s very theoretical and people may think that engineering is dull. But the job of an engineer is very diverse and interesting. You are solving real-world problems – doing analysis, coming up with solutions, designing them and testing them”.

So if you’re looking for something boring, engineering is clearly NOT it.

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Are engineers (still) in demand?

Great question, given the fast-changing world we live in today.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room. We’re in the middle of a pandemic, many industries are gravely impacted, and half of us don’t even know what day of the week it is.

The good news is, manufacturing, biopharmaceutical and petrochemical sectors are some of the few critical industries that have been identified as essential services that will continue despite the circuit breaker. Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said that their services will be essential to Singapore’s security, sustenance and safety especially in this challenging time. Employers have evidently heard the call and on Engine Room alone, we saw almost a hundred more job vacancies listed in the month of March.

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Manufacturing Engineer at Micron Technology Inc., Lee Ming Hui, shares, “If there’s one thing I can count on about being in an industry that is constantly innovating and adopting new technologies, it’s the impact and value of my role”.

So you see, engineers continue to remain vital to every facet of society. In fact, one of the most heartening things in this time is that, while not necessarily at the forefront of the fight, engineers have been responsible for innovations that are helping to manage the outbreak, from detection devices to respiratory aids. More on this in our next story – keep your eyes peeled!!

Are engineers underpaid?

Ahh, a fan-favourite question.

For starters, it’s worth noting that engineering is one of the most diverse industries in the world with over 40 disciplines, so it’s unsurprising to expect that the spectrum of pay grades from the highest to lowest is wider than several other industries.

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Many factors come into play when deciding what constitutes a good salary. For example, does the salary reflect your level of training or experience? Would the role require you to have a specific expertise? And what about the potential significance of your work – is it projected to have any form of community or social impact?

It’s also important to note that right off the bat, your qualification makes the first difference, and thereafter, your experience. Generally speaking, employees with two to five years of experience tend to earn a good 32% more than freshies.

Let’s also not forget that some of the world’s most admired companies today are built by engineers, so it’s really up to us to forge our own future. So, word of advice? Stay the path, hustle hard, and you’ll get to your dream salary (or close, at least) one way or another.

Can engineers have tattoos?

Well, this is something we were not expecting. Good to know that the question of getting inked is as career defining as passion, potential and pay.

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This would definitely depend on the hiring practices of companies. The general rule of thumb appears to be that tattoos are not a major cause for concern especially if they can be concealed, but again, we’d say defer to human resources. Not that we’re suggesting you flash any tattoos when you interview…

Are engineers happy?

What an existential question.

We’ll leave this to you to tell us - Are YOU happy?

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