15 of the Best Android Apps for Engineers

Interesting Engineering | January 08, 2019

For those who prefer Android over iOS (and for good reason),  here are some of the best Android apps for Engineers. The following range from mobile reference libraries to calculators to fun engineering-themed games.
We have also included some general organizational and management apps in case you are looking to streamline your life.  This little app is indispensable for anyone who needs to convert between different units readily. Once downloaded and opened, users can choose between a variety of topics.
This includes length, energy, entropy, electrical charge and many more. It comes highly recommended by existing users and is pretty intuitive to use. If any units you need are missing, the developers encourage you to contact them to include in future updates.

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Productive work sites can require a variety of construction equipment types, from aerial work platforms and earthmoving equipment to generators, hand tools and light towers. But too many contractors overspend on equipment because they don’t do adequate buy vs. rent analyses that would likely reveal opportunities to cut costs and preserve capital by renting.

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