Want to prepare yourself for the future? Master the computer, advises Brent Anderson, Lockheed Martin engineer. And learn how to write and understand computer languages. "More and more engineers are using software packages as tools," he says, and they will have to be customized for individual disciplines and applications.
System design will be more prevalent as software tools start doing a lot of the engineering tasks and jobs in the future, says Anderson. Companies will need an integrator or systems engineer to review software generated, and incorporate specific functions.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
Linear guides are one of the most important components required for the design of automated or computer-controlled equipment. Aluminum profile extrusions, used for these guides, can enable designed-in functional features.
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