Why engineering is best career choice for young people – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Geoff Wilson, Harrogate.

Should more young people be encouraged to become engineers?

THE importance of engineering to the UK has been expressed very clearly by your regular correspondent Gerald Hodgson (The Yorkshire Post, August 10), and I would like to back up his letter.

During the present pandemic, the TV news has understandably focused on the outstanding work of those people who work in the healthcare sectors.

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However, next time you see pictures of hospitals, look past the personnel and see the vast array of equipment without which the medical profession would extremely handicapped.

The rapid construction of Nightingale Hospitals and ventilators represented the best of British engineering.

An illustration of this is the manufacture of 13,000 ventilators over a very short period of time.

This was carried out by a consortium of more than 30 companies, many of them household names, which took existing designs, eliminated unnecessary parts and set about meeting the very high specifications needed with this type of equipment. Everyone is reliant on the products of engineers from the moment they wake up to when they go to sleep. Engineering is an exciting and challenging profession and, as someone who has enjoyed working in the industry, I would commend it to those currently contemplating an exciting and varied career.

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James Mitchinson