My favorite thing about being an engineer is that often times, there isn’t an obvious answer to the question and you get to be really creative to solve a problem. I think of it like a mystery game where you have to use clues to solve a puzzle. Sometimes the puzzle can only be solved by making really cool experiments and testing things. Like if I had a propeller with six blades instead of four, would it make the wind turbine spin faster (because there are more working surfaces) or slower (because there’s added weight)? Other times the puzzle can be solved by reading historic papers or talking to people on different sides of the world to get a different perspective. And yes, I am very proud to be an engineer because I see it as a way for me to have a positive contribution to the world. The more efficient I can make a jet engine, the less fuel it will consume and less carbon and soot and other bad stuff it will emit. That way I can help make the world a cleaner place 🙂
I find the practical application interesting – I get to see what I’m working on and ideas in my head turn into real life! When I walk down the street to the shops with my Rolls-Royce shirt on, I do feel proud. Everyone know’s the name Rolls-Royce and associates it with high quality work. It’s very rewarding to know that I’m making a difference to new technology in jet engine design.