Technology plays a huge part in all of our lives, both personally and professionally, and the engineering sector is no different. Here is a look at some of the key trends that we can expect to see in the sector for 2019, and it’s no surprise that technology features heavily.

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Additive manufacturing

Also known as 3D manufacturing, this process is a comparative newcomer, but as its benefits are increasingly acknowledged, it will become even more widely adopted. The process relies heavily on the technology that supports it, from the CAD software that designs it to the computers that control the machinery that produce the finished products.

Augmented, mixed and virtual reality

Much has been written about these three technologies in the last year or so, and in 2019, this is likely to continue as the full scope for utilising them in industry is realised. Still in its early days in engineering, these alternate realities are initially expected to allow users to see their designs in full 3D glory. As suppliers see its potential, the market is likely to be flooded with a range of headsets and apps, making choosing the right one for your business challenging.

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Construction and civil engineering

Technology is also set to play a huge part in these sub sectors. BIM technology, like that supplied by, allows companies to create virtual 3D modelling. It allows engineers to make informed decisions about their designs and can also help to reduce costs by minimising waste. Many public sector contracts will now demand that a supplier can meet their BIM mandates for commercial projects.

Recruitment and training

There is currently a skills gap in engineering, and as new technologies and processes are rapidly embraced by the sector, graduates leaving university are often already behind the curve when they take up their first position. 2019 will see a range of new initiatives aimed at increasing on-the-job training as well as encouraging more youngsters into the industry. One such initiative, run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology is their Festival of Engineering, which gives secondary school pupils some insight into the role of an engineer.

2019 is set to be a year of change in the engineering sector and will surely provide exciting challenges for those who choose it as their career.