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INSPIRE: Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers

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This perceptive report considers engineering careers over a wide selection of industries and how to choose the appropriate career path and entry route suitable for individual interests and skills.

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BSRIA is delighted to have launched its Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers publication which was written by workplace student: Emma Hardacre. This perceptive report considers engineering careers over a wide selection of industries and how to choose the appropriate career path and entry route suitable for individual interests and skills. The work was carried out as part of BSRIA’s INSPIRE project which works with local schools, national and local politicians and the media to promote STEM and change its perceptions.

Choosing the right engineering path is a “daunting process” and one that must be made “early on” before selecting exam options, college courses or apprenticeships. The publication highlights specifics on the myriad of careers in engineering, especially those related to Building Services: BSRIA’s main body of work. The report offers a cross section of information on the main responsibilities, entry routes, salary ranges and career progression opportunities for each vocation.

We need to shout about engineering! Indeed: it is the responsibility of BSRIA members, industry and government to attract, inspire and engage the next generation of engineers. Building services changes lives, saves the planet and brings communities together. Clearly: there is a cornucopia of roles in the industry.

INSPIRE raised the question of why are STEM subjects important? What does engineering mean for you? Why does technology matter? There is one answer to those three questions which is quite simply “everything”. History has shown that those who pursue science arguably make the biggest impact to the world: incredible minds give us incredible ideas we once might have thought of as unbelievable but are now rooted in our society.

In this respect: BSRIA is delighted to be celebrating the 2018 Year of Engineering and will be running a series of events and careers days with local schools and colleges. This national campaign is designed to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged seven to 16, their parents and teachers.

Emma researched roles from: architect to civil engineer, environmental adviser, geotechnical contractor, acoustical engineer, lift & escalator engineer to structural engineering technician.

Under each role Emma looked at – she explored:

Job description.
Entry routes.
Professional qualifications available.
Career development options.
Salary range per year.
References and useful resources.
Emma also had a glimpse into the future and did some crystal ball gazing:

BIM – on the construction site – not just in the design phase.

Currently BIM managers/technicians are only found in the design phase. The idea is to extend this into the construction phase as well to make the whole process smoother and more coherent.

Smart Buildings

Fitting sensors into the structure of the building to monitor things like strain and thermal efficiency over the life time of the building. It will mean that the performance of the building can be monitored throughout its whole life time and any adjustments or repairs needed can be made before they threaten the integrity of the buildings structure and ability to function.

Artificial Intelligence

Will humans be replaced by machines to complete a task? New machines could be brought in to create designs, survey sites and complete construction tasks.


Will there be a greater focus on what buildings can do for the wellbeing of its occupants? Will there be engineers employed/trained solely for this purpose?

Soft Landings – smoother handover process

As it stands, there is no real hand over process between the engineers and contractors responsible for constructing the building and the facilities managers and tenants who take on the building after completion. This leads to a lack of understanding as to how to utilise the buildings functions and ensure it is properly maintained.

INSPIRE: Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers

In the summer of 2017, as part of the BSRIA INSPIRE programme, BSRIA continued its tradition of building and sharing knowledge by recruiting a 21-year old summer intern (Emma) to give her experience in the professional workplace and undertake this report.

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  • Published: August 2017
  • Publisher: BSRIA
  • Author: Emma Hardacre