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ENGINEERING - WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

Task 1.Look atthe title of the unit and list the main branches of engineering. Compare your list with others in your group.

Task 2. Read the text to find out how many of the branches listed are mentioned.

Engineering is largely a practical activity. It is about putting ideas into action. Civil engineering is concerned with making bridges, roads, airports, etc. Mechanical engineering deals with the design and manufacture of tools and machines. Electrical engineering is about the generation and distribution of electricity and its many applications. Electronic engineering is concerned with developing components and equipment for communications, computing, and so on.

Mechanical engineering includes marine, automobile, aeronautical, heating and ventilating, and others. Electrical engineering includes electricity generating, electrical installation, lighting, etc. Mining and medical engineering belong partly to mechanical and partly to electrical.

Task 3.Match the branches of engineering to pictures A-F.

A B
C D
E F
  1. Civil engineering
  2. Mechanical engineering
  3. Electrical engineering
  4. Electronic engineering
  5. Mining engineering
  6. Medical engineering

Task 4.Fill in the chart and decide whatkinds of engineers - electrical, mechanical, or both - are concerned with the listed areas. Prove your point of view.

Area Kinds of engineers
Transport  
Food processing  
Medical engineering  
Building services  
Energy and power  

Task 5. Read the following text and discuss with a partner if your ideas were right or wrong.

Source: Turning ideas into action, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Engineering a Career, Institution of Electronics and Electrical' Incorporated Engineers.

Transport: Cars, trains, ships, and planes are all products of mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineers are also involved in support services such as roads, rail track, harbours, and bridges.

Food processing: Mechanical engineers design, develop, and make the machines and the processing equipment for harvesting, preparing and preserving the foods and drinks that fill the supermarkets.

Medical engineering: Body scanners, X-ray machines, life-support systems, and other high-tech equipment result from mechanical and electrical engineers combining with medical experts to convert idea into life-saving and preserving products.

Building services: Electrical engineers provide all the services we need in our homes and places of work, including lighting, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and lifts.

Energy and power: Electrical engineers are concerned with the production and distribution of electricity to homes, offices, industry, hospitals, colleges and schools, and the installation and maintenance of the equipment involved in these processes.

Task 6.Fill in the gaps in the following description of the different branches of engineering using information from this diagram and language you have studied in this unit.

The main branches of engineering are civil, 1________, 2_______, and electronic. Mechanical engineering is 3, 4 _______ _______ machinery of all kinds. This branch of engineering includes 5 _______, automobile, 6 _______,and heating and ventilating. The first three are concerned with transport: 7 _______, cars and planes. The last 8 _______ with air-conditioning, refrigeration, etc.

Electrical engineering deals with 9 _______ from generation to use. Electricity generating is concerned with 10 _______ stations. Electrical installation deals 11 _______ cables, switchgear, and connecting up electrical equipment.

Two branches of engineering include both 12 _______ and 13 _______ engineers. These are mining and 14 _______ engineering. The former deals with mines and mining equipment, the latter with hospital 15 _______ of all kinds.

Task 7.Watch the video "Is Engineering Right For Me?" and answer the question - do you think Engineering is right for you?

Task 8.Summarize everything you have learned about engineering and its main branches. Prepare a presentation on any branch of engineering.

IT'S TIME TO HAVE FUN!

Games and Puzzles: http://www.engineering.com/GamesPuzzles/tabid/82/Default.aspx




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