Who Will Engineer Our Future?

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Developments in technology, huge investment, skills shortages and a focus on equal opportunities means that the engineering industry is changing at a rapid pace. Engineering is no longer regarded as a ‘dirty job’ and this apprenticeship week we consider what our engineers of the future could look like and how they will shape the world:


Historically the engineering industry has been stereotyped as ‘male, pale and stale’. With a recruitment shortfall entering the thousands, with HS2, Heathrow and Hinkley all requiring similar skills in the next 20years, it is imperative that engineering adapts in order to develop a more diverse workforce.

Already there are a number of great programmes that are helping to change perceptions, reputation and bridge this skills gap. Here at Morson International, we recently pledged a further 15 fully-funded engineering scholarships with Salford University as part of our ongoing commitment to develop the next generation of engineers.

The strong gender divide has been another unfortunate theme of the engineering sector, with just 7% of engineering apprentices and 15% of engineering and technology graduate’s female. As part of our commitment to attract more females in technical sectors, we’ve pledged to double the number of female engineers we employ by 2020.

The future of engineering depends on a more diverse workforce to foster innovation, economic success and ensure growth.


The world faces a future where there will be fewer jobs due to automation.

For engineering education this means that apprenticeships, college and university programmes will have to become more interdisciplinary and focus on lifelong learning in order for future engineers to keep up with rapid technological innovation. Traditional conventions of educating in engineering fields will change to be more flexible and reactive to technological advancement.

Our future engineers will be unfamiliar with the traditional model of gaining qualifications and leaving education. Instead learning will be a lifelong process, with the half of life of engineering knowledge estimated at three to five years.

Skills and Technology

As the world evolves dynamically it will become intensely interconnected.  Those involved with technology and its applications will need to be multidisciplinary – understanding the social, cultural, political, and economic forces which will impact technological innovation.

Ever-shorter product development cycles through innovation will help drive society’s economic growth, and opportunities will arise through new developments in nanotechnology, logistics, biotechnology, and high-performance computing.

Neil Brayshaw, director of technical training at the National College for High Speed Rail, highlighted this, advocating broadening education to include more life skills, to produce engineers that are capable of leading engineering projects of tomorrow. Future engineers will need communication skills, entrepreneurial thinking, global knowledge, and an entrepreneurial outlook as much as they will need technical depth.


Cx Jobs

Infrastructure Test Analyst

Have you ever wondered how critical Infrastructure develop their software for cutting-edge markets across the UK?If you're sat at home on furlough or working from home and looking for more varied roles in an industry that is growing from strength-to-strength and is still growing during 2021 then this may be the role for you.We're looking for an Infrastructure Test Analyst to contribute to a wide range of projects including the first cloud infrastructure project working with the UK government.You will work closely with all project stakeholders. Working alongside a team of dedicated professionals, you will be driven to find better, faster, more effective ways of testing and value to the projects The teamwork very collaboratively and as apart of the team you will generate infrastructure testing documentation and planning.The business has also implemented a virtual onboarding process and has not furloughed/made redundant one person during the pandemic and have vowed to look after their people during these strange times.Key ResponsibilitiesManual / Automated testing to include: Non-functional, Functional and End-to-End Testing for Application, Infrastructure, Hardware and RegressionProduction of Test artefacts including but not limited to Test Plans, Test Scripts, Test Reports, Defect Management and ReportingEssential experience in but not limited to Windows Server 2019, Active Directory, SCOM, SCCM, VM WareExecution of both Manual and Automated Test ScriptsRequirements ManagementA clear understanding of multiple delivery methodologies such as Agile, V-Model & Waterfall.BenefitsDental, Health, Medical and Gym benefitsCycle to workTraining and Development courses, sponsored and fully fundedFlexible and remote working optionsA diverse selection of projects and internal movementA strong focus on promoting candidates from within25 days holidayBonus StructureAs a general role, you will receive an increased salary and package, this is offered based on skillYou must be eligible to gain an SC Clearance.To learn more about this Senior Tester please apply directly through the advert

Project Manager

Are you an experienced Project Manager? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you.Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established Civils and Groundworks contractor to assist them in their search for a new Project Manager. Our client is looking for someone who can demonstrate a background in Civils and Infrastructure projectsAs an experienced Manager your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Daily management of various civil projects within the portfolio of workLeading successful contract delivery, ensuring the site team are fully appraised of the contract parametersInvolvement of projects at all stages from Pre-Qualifying and tendering through to completionEnsuring contracts are executed in accordance with client requirementThe successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate:Background in a similar positionPrevious experience working within groundworks, deep drainage and, cut & fill works.Degree educated (or similar)Full UK Licence as travel to sites will be requiredAbility to work alone with minimal supervisionFor this our client is willing to offer a competitive salary along with a comprehensive package.If you would like more information, please apply or contact Jamie Nicholson using the below details

Project Manager

Morson have an exciting vacancy for a Project Manager based in Yeovil for one of our Aerospace Clients. Job DescriptionThe Project Manager is responsible for the successful delivery of the defined Project with authority and responsibility from the Programme Manager to run the project on a day-to-day basis.Key Job Accountabilities Include:The project manager is responsible for leading and managing the project team with responsibility and authority from the Programme Manager or Sponsor on a day-to-day basis. Delivering the project to schedule, cost and quality.Interfacing between the project and functional business areas to achieve the overall Project deliverables. Demonstrate good communication and encouragement across functional business areas, for change.Effective co-ordination of the project and the inter dependencies into the overall Programme or as an independent small project, including resolution or mitigation of any risks and issues arising during the project. Supported by the Programme Management office.Ensuring all activities are carried out in accordance with policies, and processes.Ensuring delivery of contract life cycle relevant to accountable project.Managing and production of the required deliverables proactively monitoring its progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action to achieve quality and schedule within budget.Planning, designing and monitoring the project, preparing any project plans as required. Please contact us for more information.

Visual Modeller

Our Client is developing a virtual aircraft maintenance trainer at its Dalgety Bay facility in Fife. The software solution exploits an existing in-house product capability called VoRTEX (Virtual Reality Training Executive). The VoRTEX core software provides the virtual environment, state store and rule set that govern how the user interacts with the platform virtual model. To run with the VoRTEX core, the project is creating the specific behaviour and 3D visual models for the relevant aircraft systems.The role will primarily focus on creating real-time textured 3D objects to be incorporated into a highly detailed aircraft with opening panels and removable parts. The source data will usually comprise very high polygon count CAD files that need to be optimised then textured. This will mostly be done manually because automated tools usually create unacceptable artefacts. Some objects will be created from photographs and measurements only. Applicants with full-time experience creating 3D assets for games or military simulators will have an advantage. The applicant should provide a portfolio or examples of work. Skills (essential):3D Modelling and texturing/shading of real time assets based on real world reference materials;Ensuring that all models produced are optimised for performance, taking into consideration the limitations of the target system;Ability to work in a team setting, working to deadlines and time constraints. Skills (desirable):Understanding of baking textures, generating specular / normal maps and physically based shading;Pro-actively contributes to improvement of production pipeline;General knowledge of rigging, lighting, animation and rendering techniques;Can develop MEL / Maxscript tools;Traditional art drawing skills;Knowledge and experience of using JIRA for task management. Tools (essential):3D Modelling - Autodesk Maya preferred, also 3DS Max (pure CAD software experience is unsuitable);Texturing - Adobe Photoshop CC expertise. Tools (desirable):Texturing - 3D painting software experience is useful;Game Engine - Unity 3D preferred, also Unreal Engine.

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