Unusual engineering and technology job titles and what they really mean

Written by: Georgina Bloomfield
Published On: 3 Sep 2016

Today, we rely on engineering and technology more than ever before. The term ‘engineer’ is a hugely broad job title and companies are trying to differentiate themselves from the rest of the crowd by attracting job seekers by using unusual job titles. After all, having an unusual job title on your CV should help you as a job seeker stand out from everyone else when you move on to another job. However, some of these engineering and technology job titles are borderline unnecessary! Here’s what we found:

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IT Pro evangelist (Microsoft)

We’re not talking religion here. An IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft is someone who’s very enthusiastic about teaching others about Microsoft Pro and other products. This is via online platforms, face to face and webinars.

Erection engineer

A job title such as this would undoubtedly stand out on someone’s CV. However, this job is hugely important. Erection engineers oversee huge projects when buildings are being erected, such as budget management and other financial responsibilities, health and safety regulations, design and other project management duties. Erection engineers need to have a wealth of experience in building and construction, as well as an awareness of the requests from clients from all over the world.

Apple genius

This job title has been around for some time, yet everybody knows what an Apple genius is. If your Apple product has gone haywire or you’re looking for a new piece of kit, Apple geniuses are on hand to help out customers from the front line. Apple has always been seen as a forward thinking company, and their choices in job titles are no different.

Photonics engineer

Aside from your stereotypical perception of an engineer (perhaps somebody in overalls working with building sites and large projects) a photonics engineer is very particular. Photonics engineers generate and improve systems and products that use photonics (lasers, optics, and imaging). They work in various sectors, from telecommunications and medicine to defence. Responsibilities include working with design teams, evaluating performance of products and more.

Skatepark engineer

Primarily referring to Andrew Willis, a young entrepreneur who built Frontside Gardens skatepark in East London from reclaimed materials. Giving up a job as an engineer, he built his own skatepark using his own initiative and learnt new DIY skills to do so. When you’ve achieved so much, you can call yourself whatever you want.

Food engineer

Food engineering is real – and it sounds like a lot of fun. The world’s population is growing faster than ever before, so it’s important to ensure the population can be fed in a sustainable manner. As well as coming up with new strategies to feed us, we need food engineers to make the machines in factories which make the food, packaging and preservation techniques.

Ethical hacker

The terms ‘ethical’ and ‘hacker’ shouldn’t really go together, but with online security breaches every day affecting massive companies such as Ashley Madison or WH Smith, ethical hackers are essential to protecting our data. On a higher level, security firms and the government will employ ethical hackers to find gaps in their security and attempt to hack the system before a malicious hacker gets the chance.

Storm tracker

A storm tracker usually comes from a background in environmental or civil engineering and studies severe weather conditions such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and of course storms. They’re usually experienced meteorologists working with expensive technology in laboratories or offices rather than physically chasing storms like recreations storm chasers do although sometimes work on the ground is necessary to complete the job properly. Hands on experience with the latest technology and vast knowledge of meteorology can land you a job as a storm tracker.

Nanotechnology engineer

Nanotechnology engineers work with the smallest pieces of science to improve and invent new technology. Some will be working on microchips or cards, and some nanotechnology engineers will work in the medicine industry, manipulating cells and chemicals. People who work with nanotechnology will have excellent attention to detail as well as a hoard of patience. A lot of work is project-based with tight deadlines. Other work is research-based. Either way, an acute eye for detail is very important.

Do you have an unusual job title on your field? Has having an uncommon job title helped you stand out from the crowd when you’ve been applying for other jobs? We want to hear from you! Email us at etj.editor@theiet.org

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