The engineering industry is currently suffering a skills shortage as there is a lack of young people entering the sector. According to reports, to meet demand UK businesses will require over 186,000 people with engineering skills every year from 2017 to 2024. Could increasing awareness of apprenticeships help solve the skills shortage? Here, Josh Collins, our mechanical design engineer, answers questions about his experiences as an apprentice and the benefits of choosing this route into engineering.
For many years, the construction industry was said to be behind the times in adopting new technology. Whilst the automotive, energy and aerospace industries evolved and incorporated concepts such as Industry 4.0, construction was left behind. Neil Pullman, principal architect at, Boulting Environmental Services, explores the differences between BIM Levels, their benefits and what it means for the pharmaceutical sector.
From 2013 to 2014 only 3.4 per cent of those applying for engineering apprenticeships were women. National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) takes place on June 23, celebrating female engineering role models. Here, Martina Antalova MSc in Building Services, and lead mechanical design engineer at cleanroom and laboratory design and construction specialist, Boulting Environmental Services, explains how we can encourage more women to become engineers.
As some of the most sophisticated man made environments on the planet, laboratories are essential in a range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to food and medicine to robotics. However, as the complexity of these facilities grows, so does their energy usage. Here, John Rush, our HVAC and mechanical services SME (Subject Matter Expert), explains how to make laboratories more energy efficient.