The future manufacturing engineer - ready to embrace major change?
In late 2020, the IMechE and the IET came together to discuss what the future manufacturing engineer might possibly look like. What are the key skills that engineers will need to survive and thrive?
Expert volunteers from the respective IMechE and IET manufacturing panels worked together to produce a survey with relevant questions targeted to gauge an understanding of what engineers in the sector think.
The topics in the survey questionnaire included how manufacturing engineering roles may change in the future, which competencies will be most important, and where manufacturing engineers can make the most significant contribution to finding answers to some of humanity’s greatest global challenges.
In response to these results, we make recommendations for those seeking to start or continue a career in manufacturing engineering, provide education and training, and for the IMechE, the IET and other relevant professional engineering institutions.
Read the report and survey results for a snapshot as to what engineers are thinking and feeling about where manufacturing engineering is currently and how it will evolve in the future years.
You can also read the introductory narrative created to engage hearts and minds. Written by IET Design and Production Sector Executive Committee Deputy Chair and former Director of Strategic Relationships at Coventry University, David Wright.