Robotics is a branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, structural disposition, manufacture and application of robots  and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing, these systems can come in any shape and size depending on what you need them for. These technologies deal with automated machines that can take the place of humans, in hazardous or manufacturing processes, or simply just resemble humans. Many of today’s robots are inspired by nature contributing to the field of bio-inspired robotics.

The concept and formation of machines that could operate freely dates back to classical times, but research into the functionality and potential uses of robots did not grow considerably until the 20th century. Throughout history, robotics has been often seen to mimic human behaviour, and often manages tasks in a similar fashion. Today, robotics is a rapidly growing field, as we continue to research, design, and build new robots that serve various practical purposes, whether domestically, commercially, or militarily. Many robots do jobs that are hazardous to people such as defusing bombs, exploring shipwrecks, and mines. The US has started researching into creating a type of robot that can work along side humans in the Armed Forces, by helping in the field.

What do you think of this new development and whether you believe it will work well?

Is Civil Engineering for you?

Civil engineering is a professional engineering authority that deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and natural aspects built into an environment, including works like roads, bridges, canals, dams, and various other buildings. Civil engineering is the oldest engineering authority after military engineering and it was defined to distinguish non-military engineering from military engineering. Civil engineering is traditionally broken into several sub-disciplines including environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, municipal or urban engineering, water resources engineering, materials engineering, coastal engineering, surveying, and construction engineering. Civil engineering takes place on all levels: in the public sector from municipal through to national governments, and in the private sector from individual homeowners through to international companies.

Is this type of job for you?

25 Ways To Ruin Your Chances During A Job Interview

I’ve been Business Insider’s Managing Editor for almost two years now. Since we’re a fast-growing company, we’re constantly looking for new talent, from interns to site leads.

Between career fairs and in-office interviews, I’ve interviewed hundreds of people.

Most come prepared, but many don’t.

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New Employee at FRS

Here at Forces Recruitment Services North we have hired a new member to help Stewart Stirling along. Chris Baker has been with us for a few weeks and below is a bit of information about who he is and what he did before he started working at Forces Recruitment Services North Birmingham.

I joined the Royal Navy when I was 16 and spent 9 years touring the world on the grey funnel lines. On leaving the Navy I spent a number of years in engineering in a variety of roles such as refrigeration service engineer, car factory worker and finally Fabricator Welder. After being made redundant twice in one year, I decided to change tack and went to Wolverhampton University and gained an Applied Science degree in Physics & Electronics with a view to becoming a Primary School Teacher. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford a further year at Uni to do my PGCE.  I literally fell into recruitment when I was up a chimney cleaning it out for a friend when someone tapped me on my foot scaring me half to death as no one else was supposed to be there. It was my friends brother in law, “ I believe you are looking for work at the moment” he said, “ Ever thought about recruitment”. That was almost 15 years ago and I have been in Technical recruitment for the past fourteen and a half years. I had a short break from recruitment working at Maier UK Ltd and Argos (Barton), before joining Forces Recruitment in early March.

Chris Baker

We want to say a warm welcome to Chris; he’s a great asset to the team.

Engineering Industry

Engineers determine the most effective ways to use the basic factors of production –people, machines, materials, information, and energy — to make a product or to provide a service. They are the bridge between management goals and operational performance. They are more concerned with increasing productivity through the management of people, methods of business organization, and technology than people in other specialties, who generally work more with products or processes. Although most engineers work in manufacturing industries, they may also work in consulting services, healthcare, and communications. To solve organizational, production, and related problems most efficiently, engineers carefully study the product and its requirements, use mathematical methods such as operations research to meet those requirements, and design manufacturing and information systems. They develop management control systems to aid in financial planning and cost analysis and design production planning and control systems to coordinate activities and ensure product quality. They also design or improve systems for the physical distribution of goods and services. Engineers determine which plant location has the best combination of raw materials availability, transportation facilities, and costs. Engineers use computers for simulations and to control various activities and devices, such as assembly lines and robots. They also develop wage and salary administration systems and job evaluation programs. Many engineers move into management positions because the work is closely related.

The work of health and safety engineers is similar to that of industrial engineers in that it deals with the entire production process. Health and safety engineers promote worksite or product safety and health by applying knowledge of industrial processes, as well as mechanical, chemical, and psychological principles. They must be able to anticipate, recognize, and evaluate hazardous conditions as well as develop hazard control methods. They also must be familiar with the application of health and safety regulations.

The engineering-related industries all experienced substantial growth in turnover between 1999 and 2007.

Production industries reported turnover of £632.5m in 2007, a 19% rise since 1999. Manufacturing accounted for £505m of this. Construction enterprises saw turnover increase a huge 76% over the eight year period; the housing boom fuelling it to a massive £196m in 2007. The turnover from technical testing and analysis and R&D on natural science and engineering companies more than doubled to £3.5m and £12.5m respectively, and ‘architectural and engineering activities and related consultancy’ businesses reported £42m turnover in 2007, also having risen by a huge 78% in this period of rapid economic growth.

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Forces Recruitment Services Shortlisted for National Recruitment Award

Forces Recruitment Services, the UK’s leading and longest established specialist ex-military recruiter based in Ely, has been shortlisted by industry experts at the Recruiter awards, the industry’s trade magazine. Hundreds of Recruitment Consultancies enter the awards every year and this is the first time Forces Recruitment Services has been shortlisted. The category FRS has been shortlisted in is for the Best Candidate Experience, which recognised FRS’ outstanding customer service towards their candidates and the support and mentoring they give them to secure them employment post service.

FRS Managing Director Graham Brown, said “This is particularly special because we have been shortlisted by our industry peers and it’s down to the hard work of our team in building an outstanding customer service attitude towards our candidates, which has now been recognised nationally”.

Brown went on to say “Often we place candidates with no trade. They may have served their country for 22 years and have seen several operational tours but they are infantrymen so they find it particularly challenging finding work when they leave.  The work we do on profiling these candidates helps them to recognise the transferable  skills they have that are sought after by employers – good organisational skills, well disciplined, good managers and leaders and an exceptional “can do” attitude. Finding the right job for candidates who don’t know what to do when they leave is very rewarding and at the core of why I set this business up”.

This new comes off the back of a recruitment drive instigated to help and support ex-Servicemen and women through the MoD’s current redundancy phase – 4,200 job cuts in a second round of Armed Forces redundancies as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at The Grosvenor House Hotel I London on Wednesday 2 May 2012.

10th Anniversary of FRS

On the 9th January this year it was the 10th anniversary of FRS. One on the UK’s most leading Forces Recruitment agency celebrates its tenth year, after it was created in 2002. They have over 10 years’ experience in helping to resettle Forces leavers.

They know when people are leaving, where they want to resettle and where to find them. Trust FRS and they will help you to find the right person for the right job!

The company is run by ex-forces personnel; therefore they understand how the resettlement process works and what trade skills and qualifications forces personnel leave with. This will allow the company to match a detailed brief to the staff you are looking to recruit

Their candidate database covers a large percentage of service leavers ready to leave in the next twelve months and those who have already left, so that they can provide both long term and short term recruitment solutions. Their database also comprises over 500 specialist fields, therefore helping you to recruit people for specialist jobs. Their service has been proven to save organisations wishing to recruit ex-military personnel considerable sums of money through not having to resort to using high street agencies and print advertising.

Drills and Thrills – Manufacturing Industry on the Rise

Article courtesy of The Sun Online –

“A woman who bought her family’s engineering firm at the height of the crunch claims the UK economy is on the up.

Julie White, 44, runs D-DRILL, a Coventry-based diamond drilling group specialising in cutting and sawing through concrete.

Since taking over in 2008 she has bagged work in the House of Commons, London’s Shard building, and Moscow.

Backing our Best of British campaign to showcase UK success, Julie said: “I think we are coming out of recession.

“Turnover fell about 40 per cent in 2008 but it’s coming back and more companies want to do more with us. There’s too much doom and gloom around.”

In response Paul Lewis of Forces Recruitment Services East Brimingham comments: “It just goes to show that not all is lost for manufacturing industries and companies who have more of a traditional trade than digital IT or online. We have candidates sign up with us on a daily basis, looking for employment in these traditional industries. Individuals who are ex-forces members who have served a minimum of 6-22 years service, are well structured in their approach to work, reliable and loyal. Contact us today if you have any requirements for staff in manufacturing or engineering roles.”

Bonus row: The small companies where bonuses work

As chief executives face public pressure over their annual bonuses, many smaller companies find bonuses are a useful tool to help improve productivity.

At D-Drill in Coventry, workers like Mark Bartlam are paid an hourly wage but also receive extra based on how much work they can do.

The scheme has improved production – but can the same be said for the bonus culture in large companies and banks?

Graham Satchell reports (courtesy of the BBC – Please click the link for full video as the code doesn’t appear to work.