The westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Black Sea to the southeast, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The economic and political association of 27 European member states, the European Union (EU) has developed a single market through which a standardized system of laws apply, and under this union, sixteen member states have adopted the euro as its common currency. In 2006, the EU had a gross inland energy consumption of 1,825 million tonnes of oil equivalent, with nuclear energy as the primary source of energy produced in the region. Currently, the EU imports around 82% of its oil and 57% of its natural gas resources.
Engineering technicians often assist engineers, technologists and design teams on projects as well as research and development initiatives. They are typically trained in a specific branch of engineering and help solve technical problems, collect data, conduct quality control checks, or produce technical drawings. Specific fields of study can often be completed by obtaining an engineering technician diploma or a 2-year degree offering technical training and courses.