Engineers who pursue industrial applications of their learning work with large machines, vehicles, and systems. They work for cities, regions, and larger governments in many capacities where heavy-duty machinery and generators are used. Their services are required in the areas of emergency repairs, design, construction, installation, and brainstorming. These intelligent and creative individuals and teams also train others to use systems they install after first being factory-trained by the manufacturer.
Elements of Applied Industrial Technologies
If you work in this field, you might dig into mechanical or electrical issues, possibly both; thus, you could be interested in either end of a generator system. Your interest could involve solar or hydro generation systems, geothermal, or wind turbines.
Some services provided by applied industrial technologists include fixing and replacing bearings which come in numerous sizes and commonly require replacing. You might be required to move fluids in large volumes or offer agricultural support. Lubrication can save an engine from damage and prevent the need for costly repairs in the future. No matter how sophisticated technology becomes, there are always standard needs that don’t go out of style.
An example of applied industrial technologies is the movement of fluids or fluid transfer. This could involve fluid inside of cars (coolant, fuel injection, etc.). One might be hired to move fluid which is going to be stored or perhaps shipped. Oil is a prime example, such as transferring crude oil from a ship to a refinery.
The Efficiency Movement
There is a major drive towards energy efficiency in all industrial settings, but especially where:
- energy is in short supply
- investors are pushing for eco-friendly practices
- a project is funded and used by tax-payers who expect environmentally friendly practices
Increasing pressure on engineers and designers to create efficient, low-waste systems has led to the creation of higher standards of energy efficiency including reductions in fuel consumption and improved insulation. Sometimes this pressure is created by an environment ill-equipped to supply a steady supply of energy. In this case, where no grid-tie application can easily be made, engineers are called to adapt what they have, invent new systems on the spot, and make use of the resources around them such as the sun or wind. Need drives innovation, including the kind that saves consumers money in the long run and is good for the environment. Engineers install, repair, and service turbines on wind-energy farms and huge solar thermal or PV setups around the world in commercial and public settings. Their careers can take these skilled men and women around the world to interesting industrial sites where there is always something new to see.
Once engineers have been taught, they continue to grow in their professions by visiting sites where their skills are required, often learning on the job under pressure. When they have developed extensive experience, those who are good at imparting information can be trained as teachers. They go on to help their clients and clients’ employees learn how to safely and efficiently operate generators, fluid transfer, etc. Their skills are also sought after in the training of new recruits in the industry.