A system engineer is charged with the responsibility of translating customer requirements and needs into specific and well-written requirements to which systems and sub-systems can be designed. Further, the system engineer has to ensure that the designed system adheres or conforms to the requirements by performing analysis such as memory usage and interface traffic analysis.
A civil engineer is involved in the design, construction, and maintenance of structures such as roads, buildings, pipelines, railroads, and treatment plants. The civil engineer has to analyze different environmental factors and conduct testing of materials and samples to ensure that the materials used will be able to meet the required engineering standards in terms of safety.
A computer engineer is responsible for maintaining operating systems. This is achieved through conducting periodic system checks and addressing any problems with the use of operating systems. Further, the computer engineer has to research about upgrades and new operating systems that the organization can adopt to improve performance and computer security. The computer engineer also supervises subordinates and is responsible for developing programs suited for the operating systems used in the organization.
A chemical engineer has the role of designing and operating large-scale chemical plants. The engineer has to scale-up laboratory process into production processes (Pushpavanam 3). In the production of different chemicals, the chemical engineer researches different raw materials that are needed for the production of chemicals. Further, during the production process the chemical engineer has to ensure that there is process control and waste from the process plant is disposed correctly. The chemical engineer has to carry out tests as the production process continues to ensure that process confines to the design and initial plan to achieve quality.
An electrical engineer is concerned with the construction of massive power generation projects. They are also responsible for designing and setting up lighting systems in buildings (Hansen and Zenobia 131). Furthermore, they design and indicate the location of electrical equipment in different industries. This also means they have to indicate how users will operate the equipment safely.
A mechanical engineer is involved in the design of machinery and automobiles. The mechanical engineer has to ensure that the machinery performs according to the design requirements. Additionally, mechanical engineers design and manufacture engines for vehicles and jets, and medical equipment (Wickert 2).
A software engineer develops software solutions for different clients and companies (O’Regan 149). Additionally, the software engineer develops web users’ interfaces and applications, and resolve software issue in different software applications.
Interesting Role in Engineering
I am very interested in civil engineering. The design of massive structures and superhighways, suspended bridges intrigues me. For instance, most of the bridges in existence today were built a long time ago. Engineers are designing bridges with decks and constructing railway tunnels underground. Engineers are now using software programs such as AutoCAD Civil 3D in the design process, which has helped in design of bridges. The engineers can be able to model a bridge before it is actually constructed (Becker, Plasil, and Reussner 2). This helps in detecting flaws and errors early to ensure resources are not wasted in construction.
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