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Humans versus Robots, and the winner is...
In a rapidly digitalising society, the mechanical engineering industry is being transformed. This is because with the projected artificial intelligence (AI) takeover, with machine-learning and big data, technology is altering the way in which new equipment is developed in mechanical engineering jobs. Robotics in the workplace is where they have a significant impact. In fact, robots are known to eliminate dangerous jobs for humans as they are capable of working in hazardous environments. Not only that, but according to researchers, it is estimated that the robot can work 1,000 times faster than a human scientist, therefore, increasing the speed and automation of job processes in the workplace. Want to find out more about the future of robotics and how mechanical engineering jobs are helping to build the world around us? A mechanical engineering degree at the University of Bolton would be an exciting career choice.
Robotics of Today
The robot revolution is seeing more devices created all the time. For example, the invention of ‘smaller than a flea’, the smallest remote-controlled walking robot designed to bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn, and even leap to carry out useful tasks in small, cramped areas that humans can’t reach. However, there are ways in which robotics are already taking over aspects of your life that you wouldn’t even think about. Perhaps, you've just done the weekly food shop? Let’s say you’ve just bought some rice. The chances are that every grain you consume was sorted by a robotic machine. Humans wouldn’t stand around sorting through individual grains, ensuring the quality is there. This is where the demand for mechanical engineering degree graduates gets greater. Mechanical engineering jobs allow for the required machinery of the future, to be not only created but just as importantly, to be serviced to ensure optimum performance. As a mechanical engineer, from the smallest nanotechnology to cars and buildings, aeroplanes, space stations, and so much more, you will be responsible for the design and development of most things.
Humans versus Robots in the Workplace
So, could robots take over the role of humans in the workplace? Of course, robotics have already shown many reasons for their future importance. However, there are still elements of the human brain that robots can’t replicate. For instance, although robots show complex processes or operations that humans can’t, humans are still far more advanced in terms of having a highly developed brain that robots could never match up to. Robots are designed to be automated, whereas the human brain is something that makes us powerful, creative, and inventive beings in almost all aspects. Therefore, although the number of personal assistance robots across the world is predicted to grow to more than 244 million by 2030, evidence still suggests that the future of robotics won’t be able to overpower the role of humans in the workplace. Furthermore, many robots still require creation and operation from humans, which ultimately sparks the need for more mechanical engineers. Therefore, the increased demand for mechanical engineering jobs also increases the demand for BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree graduates entering the industry. Sound good? Come and join the Bolton family and learn the technical and scientific skills you need to help develop the world around us.
Mechanical Engineering Technologies
When we think of mechanical engineering jobs and the creation of robotics, these must be done using extensive forms of technology. These days, one of the most significant changes in mechanical engineering is the way in which mechanical products are developed, prototyped, and manufactured. These days, many product iterations are carried out using on-screen computer-aided design systems to more software and data-driven tools both at the design stage and application level with an internet connection. However, regarding technology, in the future, the mechanical engineering sector is likely to see more Internet of Things (IoT)-driven devices that can communicate with their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) after leaving the manufacturing line. This is where the future lies. By 2025, research suggests that the number of IoT devices will rise to 75 million. Therefore, meaning that mechanical engineering degree graduates will need to be prepared for a new age of stimulations and design processes that will make workflows more streamlined and efficient.
Mechanical Engineering at Bolton
Want to study a mechanical engineering degree course that is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical engineers (IMechE) and provides direct routes to work towards a Chartered Engineer (CEng) status? In this case, Bolton University could be a great choice to support your career ambitions. Our supportive learning environment will see our students working in our dedicated laboratories where you will gain regular practical experience using modern equipment and software. Our student’s skill sets will also be further developed as they work on live engineering projects, attend industry visits, and participate in competitions. At Bolton, we are proud to provide a positive and friendly campus that our students love, giving them the chance to not only enjoy their university experience; this is why our students have voted us first for Student Satisfaction for the past five years*.
Want to find out more about our mechanical engineering degree? Investigate further by looking at our course details.
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