4 Unusual Engineering JobsOn October 10, 2021 by Walter Powell
Most people are aware of popular engineering jobs such as computer engineer, aerospace engineer and electrical engineer. However, there are many fields that utilize engineers that are not so well-known.
Most industries use metal castings of some form, and they are produced in foundries. A foundry engineer is tasked with developing the plans for new foundries or repairing and updating existing foundries. Due to the extreme working conditions and unique equipment involved, such as an exothermic riser, large furnaces and liquid metal transportation systems, a foundry engineer is necessary to ensure that the building meets the needs of the metal-working process.
Paper products are essential to everyday life. From paper towels to cardboard, a paper engineer can help develop new products and processing methods, including pulping, finishing and recycling. There is another, non-industrial side to paper engineering—pop-up books. The precise folding of paper to achieve the eye-catching effect is not only artistic but an engineering feat as well.
Producing tasty treats is not as easy as it may seem. Chocolate engineers are often employed to solve challenges involving the mass-production, storage and transportation of chocolates. Of course, there is also an artistic side, whereby a chocolate engineer may create sculptures from chocolate, including structures, fountains and figurines.
What could be more fun than designing toys? Toy engineers are always innovating and creating new, imaginative toys. Whether it’s designing material for a more life-like doll, creating interactive robotics for children or creating a safe, unbreakable baby toy, a toy engineer is involved. Sometimes, toys even inspire space exploration.
Engineering jobs are prevalent in nearly every industry, including medicine, construction and environmental. While many of these professions deal with serious, critical aspects of daily life, there is also a fun and tasty side to engineering.