Definition of engineer in English:

engineer

noun

  • 1A person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or structures.

    • ‘Online collaboration systems are designed to link the facility staff with architects, engineers, contractors and other members of the building team.’
    • ‘The first design challenge the engineers confronted was constructing on the changeable soils.’
    • ‘It was taking the concept and working it through with local councillors, planners, architects, engineers and accountants from genesis to creation.’
    • ‘This is because the engineers will design the structure of the ship with the safe assumption in mind that 99 of the time, the ships engines will be burning along, or at least very near to the direction of the ships momentum.’
    • ‘The engineer designing the system needs to take into account a wide range of factors in order to assure the reliability of the electrical systems.’
    • ‘There were also brilliant engineers among them who contributed to the development of new techniques.’
    • ‘He will be returning to his home town, Kabul, along with a group of engineers, planners and architects, to play a vital role in rebuilding the city's culture.’
    • ‘It requires a trained engineer to properly design each location.’
    • ‘The students work with engineers and teachers to design, build and test a robot in just six weeks.’
    • ‘Originally, engineers thought the repairs could cost up to £300,000, but they have managed to reduce the figure to £88,000.’
    • ‘Others, such as engineers who manage and maintain specific building systems or floors, should be brought in as appropriate.’
    • ‘In designing this the engineers had to constantly keep in mind the acoustic requirements of the project.’
    • ‘In the early days of television, the engineers who designed and built TV picture tubes faced technical problems that caused them to make some compromises.’
    • ‘This guy is an engineer who designs and builds humanoid robots that are capable of standing and walking on their own, not just some guy who tinkers in his garage.’
    • ‘That meant working closely with engineers and assemblers to build a simple user interface and limit production costs.’
    • ‘Most startling of all are the exhaustive lengths to which their designers and engineers go to build safety into even the smallest component.’
    • ‘Having confirmed the physical dimensions of the existing structure, the architects and engineers were able to begin designing the new dome.’
    • ‘This is important to the engineers who design and build products, because it gives them a tool to determine what the future costs will be.’
    • ‘Indeed, engineers nowadays design and construct bridges so that oscillations remain strictly limited.’
    • ‘It is also a chance to get any repairs done and most engineers and ships carpenters are at present flat out trying to get boats back to sea.’
    designer, planner, builder, architect, producer, fabricator, developer, creator
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    1. 1.1 A person qualified in a branch of engineering, especially as a professional.
      ‘an aeronautical engineer’
      • ‘As an electronics engineer I used to build gadgets for my cars including battery strength indicators, lights-on warning alarms and even alarm systems themselves.’
      • ‘Fifty years old, she is a qualified electrical engineer.’
      • ‘Its team of naval architects, electrical engineers, marine engineers and design draughtsmen offer their experience to the shipping industry.’
      • ‘He built relationships with leading design professionals and forensic engineers, some of whom he had met at the symposium.’
      • ‘An aerospace engineer by training, Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.’
      • ‘If the bridge appears safe, trains are allowed to cross it, but only at 5mph, until a qualified bridge engineer has carried out a detailed inspection.’
      • ‘He is also trained as a nuclear engineer and nuclear submarine operator.’
      • ‘Tarek Alkhrdaji, Ph.D., is a design engineer for the Structural Group.’
      • ‘Seventy-three-year-old Kalam is also, incidentally, one of India's most renowned scientists and a former aeronautical engineer.’
      • ‘Richie Hindle is a professional software engineer in the UK.’
      • ‘Hugo Troche is a software engineer originally from Asuncion, Paraguay now living in Auburn, Alabama, USA.’
      • ‘Basso is qualified as an aeronautical engineer, having worked in the United States for NASA near Washington.’
      • ‘After I graduate, I'm going to become an aerospace engineer and design space ships with the Kazoo Constant.’
      • ‘He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer.’
      • ‘He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire.’
      • ‘Dave, a graduate aeronautical engineer, learned to fly at Barton Aerodrome with the Lancashire Aero Club and has a private pilot's licence.’
      • ‘The zx 2000 is a single processor system built with design engineers in mind.’
      • ‘She was talking to a software engineer who works in the private sector.’
      • ‘He is also an experienced and qualified audio engineer.’
      • ‘As a young man growing up in Vancouver in the 1930s and '4Os, Denham contemplated becoming an aeronautical engineer or an English professor.’
      • ‘If so, I can assure you, as a practical aeronautical engineer, that such a trip is neither fantastic nor impractical.’
      • ‘Daniel P. Duffy, P.E., is a professional environmental engineer in Cincinnati, OH.’
      • ‘Alternatively you could hire a consulting structural engineer.’
      • ‘Now, building automation engineers are designing these systems around the structured cable plant used for engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.’
  • 2A person who controls an engine, especially on an aircraft or ship.

    • ‘Typically, it's a boatswain's mate or a quartermaster running the ship, while an engineer and one or two seaman line handlers assist in the shipboard operations.’
    • ‘"The new ship's engineer seems to have settled in quite well.’
    • ‘Five aircraft engineers from RAF Lyneham arrived home after a two-week project to help poor communities in Africa.’
    • ‘Each of the frigate's flights consists of two pilots, an observer and an aircrewman, plus nine engineers and an aircraft controller.’
    • ‘He ordered future commanders of U-boats to ‘be severe’ and forbade them to rescue survivors other than the captains and chief engineers of the enemy ships.’
    • ‘Jetstar aircraft will not be inspected by licensed aircraft engineers before each flight.’
    • ‘I arrived at the aircraft to find that I had two qualified flight engineers to help me.’
    • ‘He works as an aircraft engineer with Indian Airlines.’
    • ‘After the pre-flight briefing, the engineers safety-clear the aircraft for boarding.’
    • ‘These include baggage handlers, security staff and people working on aircraft, such as engineers and crew.’
    • ‘He's an engineer on cargo ships and spends half his time at sea.’
    • ‘He went to sea with the Coast Guard as an engineer on the ships and later, a steamship inspector until he retired in 1988.’
    • ‘She was one of the ship's top engineers and she kept it running smoothly.’
    • ‘The ships' engineers were deeply involved in the repair work on the ship, the Hidalgo Sun.’
    • ‘Rocket and aircraft engineers have been testing their hardware in computer loop simulations for years.’
    • ‘With the specialist and the ship's engineers working side by side in the very tight spaces of the engine room the port engine was repaired and tested.’
    • ‘The flight engineer said that it had seven gallons at the beginning of the flight.’
    • ‘New rules on alcohol have brought air traffic controllers and aircraft engineers into line with pilots although it remains up to individual employers how levels are checked.’
    • ‘These abuses have been obvious for a long time, and many engineers originally employed by British Rail warned us of the disasters to come.’
    engineering officer, controller, handler, driver
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    1. 2.1North American A train driver.
      • ‘I couldn't have been more wrong; it turned out that he was the engineer for our train.’
      • ‘Union Pacific train engineers won't be allowed to sound piercing horns as the trains cross city streets, but they will continue to sound a bell mounted on the trains.’
      • ‘The train engineer spotted him standing on the tracks holding a cell phone to one ear and cupping his hand over the other to keep from being distracted by the inconsiderate noise of a train horn.’
      • ‘He says that when train engineers blow their horns through town it is blatant harassment.’
      • ‘New signs have been installed along the tracks, alerting train engineers to the distance remaining to the railroad crossings in the center of town as they approach the city limits.’
      • ‘We noticed that the engineer was having a tough time getting the train stopped at the stations, on account of leaves on the tracks.’
      • ‘At most of the flag stops the only indication of a station was a sign post next to which a person would stand causing the engineer to stop the train.’
      • ‘It took some time for the train crew to notify the engineer to let his passenger off, by that time the train had reached Glenlord Road in Stevensville, about five miles south.’
      • ‘This is because a Restricting signal may require that the engineer stop his train for an obstruction shortly beyond the home signal.’
      engineering officer, controller, handler, driver
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  • 3A skilful contriver or originator of something.

    ‘the prime engineer of the approach’
    • ‘The social engineers in charge of government policy seem to think so.’
    • ‘He was the engineer of this change.’
    • ‘He is credited as the engineer of this merger, which has created the world's biggest global financial services organization.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Design and build (a machine or structure)

    ‘the men who engineered the tunnel’
    • ‘Haden will be running the paint shop that it has designed, engineered and built.’
    • ‘Over the next twenty years he was posted to a variety of different places where he was involved in engineering, in structural design, fortifications, soil mechanics, and many other areas.’
    • ‘Optionally, machines can also be engineered to incorporate printing, code dating, and labeling equipment.’
    • ‘Reliability means that it will be of durable construction, engineered for safety and built with experience.’
    • ‘Unwittingly, he had unleashed the most diabolically destructive war machine yet engineered by the minds of men.’
    • ‘Has the structure actually been engineered to accommodate this need, or is there another element external to it that serves the purpose?’
    • ‘The vehicle, designed and engineered by our company will be essentially built by an outside supplier.’
    • ‘That's because these machines are engineered to be both super-durable and highly precise.’
    • ‘As a product of the cold-war era, it was engineered to withstand aerial bombardment.’
    • ‘It is a superbly engineered and well-built car.’
    • ‘He often recalled the words of his father and dreamed of using technology to engineer a wondrous machine that would propel him into the heavens to meet the Lord.’
    • ‘Solid, superbly engineered and with the build quality of an executive jet.’
    • ‘Here's how Ford is taking technology pioneered by the aircraft industry to help design and engineer better cars.’
    • ‘The extended version is designed, engineered and built by the same company.’
    • ‘Similarly, the Ford Territory is designed, engineered and built in Melbourne.’
    • ‘It was designed and engineered by British Architect Sir Norman Foster and is company.’
    • ‘Builders fashion structures engineered to keep their inhabitants warm in winter and cool in summer.’
    • ‘The car is designed and engineered around the modules, which are assembled in the plant.’
    • ‘Design professionals can contribute to the conservation of materials by designing and engineering structures so they can be more easily taken apart in the future.’
    • ‘In its graceful form and precisely engineered structure, the ski jump emulates the drama and daring of the sport itself.’
    formulate, form, put together
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    1. 1.1 Modify (an organism) by manipulating its genetic material.
      ‘genetically engineered plants’
      • ‘The bacteria were genetically engineered to produce a fluorescent jellyfish protein, so they glowed as they grew.’
      • ‘Fowler and a team of researchers are genetically engineering harmless bacteria that can thrive in natural cloth fibers.’
      • ‘Genetically engineered species reproduce themselves in the wild, changing ecosystems forever.’
      • ‘Engineering human biological change is, in these terms, a very different matter from engineering animals and plants to better serve our needs.’
      • ‘And the nutritional content of a genetically engineered plant may be diminished.’
      • ‘In addition, they tested a genetically engineered virus to deliver two proteins directly to the brain.’
      • ‘Some biotech crops are engineered to ward off pests.’
      • ‘In order to get patents, it has to be proved that genetically engineered species are completely new, novel, and alien organisms.’
      • ‘These experiments provided the first example of genetically engineered plants with the ability to synthesize betaine at appreciable levels.’
      • ‘The human race could find its existence threatened if we genetically engineered some predator species to be as smart as we are.’
      • ‘An application seeking approval of genetically engineered fish has been pending for nearly six years.’
      • ‘Otto and Silhavy then genetically engineered bacteria to lack the genes in question.’
      • ‘Using genetically engineered animals, they will explore the cellular mechanisms by which variations in the genes lead to deficits.’
      • ‘Genetically engineered plants are now grown on more than 100,000 acres.’
      • ‘Many plants and animals are engineered to express human genetic information.’
      • ‘He has never released a genetically engineered plant of any kind into the environment.’
      • ‘I use synthetic human insulin, produced not by people but by genetically engineered bacteria.’
      • ‘Plants have been engineered to produce it before, but there have been problems.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, some companies are seeking approval to market genetically engineered fish.’
      • ‘There might be a role for use of genetically engineered animals in the interpretation of critical genes in toxic responses.’
  • 2Skilfully arrange for (something) to occur.

    ‘she engineered another meeting with him’
    • ‘York were immediately on the back foot but repelled a series of short corners and managed to engineer a breakaway attack.’
    • ‘That has produced a consensus view that China was successfully engineering a managed slowdown.’
    • ‘Mr Duxbury took over responsibility for burial services this year after the council engineered a managerial shake-up to try to improve services.’
    • ‘It requires concerted efforts to engineer cultural change.’
    • ‘He has already engineered what might appear to be a highly advantageous setup.’
    • ‘Peter is not reduced to nervous shambles, he barks back at his guard and engineers a reasonable escape plan.’
    • ‘The two cable groups will finally be brought together in a deal engineered by that mysterious American investor.’
    • ‘Brenda hadn't ceased to plot, plan and engineer his defeat, regardless if he was the only capable negotiator dedicated to the union's position.’
    • ‘He received a quickly taken free kick and managed to engineer an opportunity for himself.’
    • ‘In other words they have managed to engineer a win-win situation for themselves, at the expense of their bitter rivals to the north of the island.’
    • ‘They possessed a lethal forward division that managed to engineer breathtaking scores from very limited possession but some gaping holes at the back ensured that defeat would be their lot.’
    • ‘Only she knows if her exhibitionism is sincere self-expression or carefully engineered self-promotion.’
    • ‘His father is convinced the accident was deliberately engineered and vows the claim will be contested.’
    • ‘Grant, who worked as a director with United Biscuits before engineering a management buy-out of Mackay's in 1995, is clear about what he is doing.’
    • ‘Obviously such trips are engineered, stage-managed so that Palin is in no danger and invariably encounters interesting people and situations.’
    • ‘Each day, a fresh surprise seems to be sprung on a Labour machine - some engineered by the Conservative Party, most of them bolts from the blue.’
    • ‘Nick Kew has posted a very interesting proposal to engineer a means to handle Web accessibility on the server-side.’
    • ‘What can you do about confidence tricks, phishing and other socially engineered security breaches?’
    bring about, cause, arrange, pull off, bring off, fix, set up, plot, scheme, contrive, plan, put together, devise, manoeuvre, manipulate, negotiate, organize, orchestrate, choreograph, mobilize, mount, stage, put on, mastermind, originate, manage, stage-manage, coordinate, control, superintend, direct, conduct, handle, concoct
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Origin

Middle English (denoting a designer and constructor of fortifications and weapons; formerly also as ingineer): in early use from Old French engigneor, from medieval Latin ingeniator, from ingeniare ‘contrive, devise’, from Latin ingenium (see engine); in later use from French ingénieur or Italian ingegnere, also based on Latin ingenium, with the ending influenced by -eer.

Pronunciation

engineer

/ɛndʒɪˈnɪə/