The Importance of Computer Technology in Your Engineering Career

Featured Guest Blogger: Nancy Evans

One might think that computers and engineering are distinct technological pursuits, as people often equate engineering with large macroscopic projects while computers are seen as producing effects that are contained on microscopic chips. However, since the 90s we have increasingly seen a merger of the two fields, which is not only resulting in a rise in software engineering jobs but in the widespread adoption of computer-aided technologies into traditional engineering fields. As a result, engineers are seeing a significant expansion of options in how they can pursue work. Here are a few different ways young engineers can integrate computer technology into their careers:

Learn CAD software

One of the major uses of computer technology in engineering is with CAD software. Computer aided design software is the application of computer technology for the purposes of design. This industrial art is now widely used in many traditional industries, such as automobile manufacturing, shipbuilding, aerospace, prosthetics, architectural projects and even special effects in movies. It is essentially the evolution of a merger between a graphical user interface and Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines (NURBS) geometry, and currently functions for all major platforms.

Become familiar with Product Lifestyle Management

CAD software is an element of product lifestyle management, which involves tracing a product from inception to completion. PLM includes Product Data Management, which can be used to study and assess buildings for structural integrity, ergonomics, voltages and even electromagnetic emissions. PLM fields also helps engineers with specific tasks, such as circuit boards, schematics, and civil engineering.

Gain a working knowledge of other science and technology applications

One recent example of the incredible merger of computer technology and engineering was the use of computer simulations of origami models in order to assist in space satellite assembly and deployment. These computerized origami models have also been used in certain nanotechnological applications as well, including attempts to create more durable and sustainable materials and substances for manufacturing industries.

The use of computer technology in engineering fields dates back to the 80s, but recent years have seen the two become almost completely dependent on one another. Many engineers rely on computer software in order to ensure accuracy in their projects. Similarly, many new software development projects keep engineering applications in mind during their development. Young engineers looking to put themselves on the fast track to success would benefit greatly from learning computer technology and science applications relevant to their field.

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  • Andrew Neil

    The application of computer in engineering is now an integral part of the system.Specially when it comes to design and modelling, softwares like a Autocad and Autodesk help a lot.If you want to know more, you can go through the below website to see how elaborately it is used in 3d designing and modelling.

    • winston joe

      computer is everthing nowdays so i advice all to learn about it