Engineering is a very broad discipline consisting of different specialised fields. These specialised fields each have a different emphasis on applied science, technology, and types of application. Engineers are characterised by their strong technical capability to change techniques and/or processes. Successful engineers have a proactive way of thinking and think beyond the existing processes, which can lead to surprising results. Engineering is considered to consist of four major branches: chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Chemical engineering combines physical sciences, life sciences, applied mathematics and economics. This combination of knowledge is useful for the production, transformation, transportation, and proper use of chemicals, materials, and energy. Most chemical engineering jobs are related to the conversion of chemicals and raw materials into useful forms and products for the general population.
A civil engineer focuses on the maintenance, development, design, and construction of physical and naturally built infrastructures. A correctly working infrastructure is needed to maintain a sustainable, safe, and healthy society. Facilities that are nowadays considered as ordinary are available to society because of civil engineering. These are facilities such as rail and road ways, pipelines, sewage systems, and power plants.
Electrical engineering is one of the newest engineering branches within the engineering sector. This branch has grown over the last decades because of the increasing popularity of electronic devices. As an electrical engineer, you may test equipment, develop and design new electrical systems, and solve problems related to those systems.
The overall goal of a mechanical engineer is to transform an idea into a product. The most important skill a mechanical engineer needs to possess is the ability to analyse and design objects or systems in order to predict the movements the objects will make. Several industries play a large role in a mechanical engineer’s work life. These are industries such as automotive engineering, aerospace, and biotechnology. QTC Recruitment regularly fills positions for maintenance engineers in the life sciences industry. A maintenance engineer belongs to the mechanical engineering branch, and is responsible for the optimisation, availability, and maintainability of equipment and machinery.
To enable the recognition of skilful engineers, it is necessary to speak with them on a day to day basis. The consultants at QTC Recruitment are vertical market specialists. This means that every consultant has their own specialisation. We have divided engineering into three sectors: biotechnology, medical devices, and food (sciences). Because of these different specialisations, we created a proactive way of thinking, thinking beyond the existing processes, and we have a consultative approach, just like engineers.
Besides maintenance engineers, QTC Recruitment fills various other engineering positions in every sector of the life sciences industry. For example, quality engineers who are trained in preventing and researching unnecessary costs which are linked to lack of quality, and packaging engineers who design and implement packaging designs that add value to the organisation’s product development process. Another function that is frequently available is a process engineer who is responsible for the evaluation of existing processes and improving these to reduce time and cost. Lastly, a system engineer who has the responsibility of maintaining and improving the IT infrastructure within an organisation.