The BEST Episodes of Impossible Engineering

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2021

Network: Science Channel

Impossible Engineering looks at the history of pioneering modern-day mega structures. Behind every seemingly impossible marvel of modern engineering is a cast of historic trailblazers who designed new building techniques, took risks on untested materials and revolutionised their field. It is a tribute to their achievements. Each episode details how giant structures, record-beating buildings, and the world’s most cutting-edge ships, trains and planes are built and work using 3D graphics, archive and specially shot footage. As this series revels in these modern day creations, it leaps back in time to recount the stories of the exceptional engineers whose technological advances made it all possible.

Inside the Tesla Factory

#1 - Inside the Tesla Factory

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired May 25, 2017

The Tesla car factory is one of the largest and most innovative factories in the world; this state-of-the-art facility is the home to high-tech robots that work around-the-clock to produce thousands of cutting-edge electric cars each week.

star 8.50
4 votes
World's Greatest Yacht

#2 - World's Greatest Yacht

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 7, 2019

The Black Pearl is one of the largest and fastest sailing yachts in the world, and using cutting-edge innovations in shipbuilding and engineering, its crew puts this brand-new $200 million vessel through the gauntlet to test its unique capabilities.

star 8.33
6 votes
World's Most Powerful Dam

#3 - World's Most Powerful Dam

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 6, 2016

A look at how engineers reshaped a river to build China's Three Gorges Dam, the largest and heaviest concrete structure on earth.

star 8.13
47 votes
Ultimate Airport

#4 - Ultimate Airport

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 18, 2015

The Kansai International Airport in Osaka Bay, Japan, is built on the largest man-made island in the world. Discover how engineers built an artificial island on top of clay seabed.

star 8.10
61 votes
International Space Station

#5 - International Space Station

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 11, 2017

The International Space Station is the most expensive engineering project ever attempted, and the result is a masterpiece of modern ingenuity. This vessel pushes the boundaries of space exploration and brings us closer to galactic colonization.

star 8.00
6 votes
World’s Greatest Waterworks

#6 - World’s Greatest Waterworks

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 18, 2020

Engineers in China are constructing the largest and most ambitious water transfer project in human history, defying nature to move vast quantities of water from the south to the dry north in Beijing, all without the use of pumping stations.

star 8.00
10 votes
Titan on the Water

#7 - Titan on the Water

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 2, 2020

A cutting-edge engineering marvel can lift boats and water to astonishing heights, and its advanced design makes it the first and only construction of its kind; behind-the-scenes access shows how it works.

star 8.00
7 votes
The Real Iron Man Suit

#8 - The Real Iron Man Suit

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 31, 2019

An ambitious team of engineers has created an Iron Man-like jet suit that can propel the user over 30 miles per hour, and using cutting-edge technology, these visionaries have made dreams of the distant future a reality.

star 7.91
11 votes
World's Fastest Train

#9 - World's Fastest Train

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 25, 2015

The Shanghai Maglev is the fastest passenger train in operation in the world. Uncover how engineers are able to design a train that could levitate, and reach a remarkable top speed of 268 mph.

star 7.91
65 votes
Ultimate Football Stadium

#10 - Ultimate Football Stadium

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 30, 2016

The AT&T Stadium in Texas is home to the Dallas Cowboys and the world's largest retractable roof. This $1.2 billion stadium can house over 100,000 fans, and we'll go inside how this engineering feat was built.

star 7.89
57 votes
World's Tallest Bridge

#11 - World's Tallest Bridge

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 23, 2016

How did engineers build the tallest bridge on the planet? As tall as a skyscraper, the Millau Viaduct braves deadly wind speeds over an immense abyss, and we go inside the story behind this modern wonder.

star 7.89
64 votes
Conquering Avalanche Country

#12 - Conquering Avalanche Country

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 19, 2020

Deadly avalanches and catastrophic flooding are ever-present threats at one of the world's busiest ski resorts, but new technology and cutting-edge construction methods help engineers conquer the elements to keep this mountain-top getaway safe.

star 7.88
17 votes
Skyscrapers of the Deep

#13 - Skyscrapers of the Deep

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 24, 2019

To build the London Array, the world's biggest offshore wind farm, engineers and builders brave the deadly waters of the North Sea; using the latest science and tech, these innovators construct 175 towering turbines that can withstand the most hellish conditions.

star 7.88
16 votes
Kings of the Battlefield

#14 - Kings of the Battlefield

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 25, 2020

To carry infantry troops to the frontlines, military engineers designed three battlefield behemoths that command the land, sea, and air; special access reveals how cutting-edge tech made these innovations for the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Marines possible.

star 7.88
8 votes
World's Largest Plane

#15 - World's Largest Plane

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 1, 2015

Examine the Airbus A380 inside and out, and uncover how its engineers redefined the limits of modern aviation.

star 7.87
61 votes
The Trains That Built America

#16 - The Trains That Built America

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired May 8, 2019

The first railroads in the United States were engineering marvels built to conquer America's deadliest places. Using cutting-edge science, engineers and builders changed the nation by connecting the California frontier with the rest of the country.

star 7.80
15 votes
Skyscraper of the Future

#17 - Skyscraper of the Future

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 11, 2015

Soaring over 2,000 feet into the sky, the Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world, and a futuristic engineering marvel. Discover how cutting-edge technology means that the building's occupants will never feel it sway.

star 7.76
68 votes
Monster Oil Rig

#18 - Monster Oil Rig

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 15, 2017

The Perdido Oil Platform is one of the most advanced feats in modern engineering, producing 100,000 barrels of oil each day; this structure is as tall as the Eiffel tower and manages to stay afloat in some of the deepest waters in the world.

star 7.75
4 votes
Spy Plane Declassified

#19 - Spy Plane Declassified

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 5, 2020

A state-of-the-art NATO airplane is one of the most complex surveillance tools in the world. Special access inside the behemoth reveals how cutting-edge engineering and a hi-tech midair refueling system helps its crew defend against security threats.

star 7.74
19 votes
Seattle Super Bridge

#20 - Seattle Super Bridge

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 22, 2020

Engineers in Seattle are building the world's first floating railway bridge, and to tackle this complex engineering challenge, they use new, innovative construction technology that enables high-speed trains to go where they've never gone before.

star 7.74
19 votes
The Glass Skyscraper

#21 - The Glass Skyscraper

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 4, 2016

The Shard: The Shard became the tallest building in London upon its completion in 2012. Standing over 1,000ft high, hear how this 95-storey skyscraper was conceived and constructed.

star 7.72
60 votes
NYC Mega Build

#22 - NYC Mega Build

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 10, 2019

New York City's biggest construction project ever features several brand-new buildings in Manhattan's Hudson Yards, where an army of ambitious engineers and builders are tasked with developing seven city blocks over 24-hour subway trains.

star 7.70
10 votes
The Invincible Tower

#23 - The Invincible Tower

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 4, 2017

What it took to build the world's tallest freestanding tower, the Tokyo Skytree. This record-breaking marvel faces some of the most deadly disasters on the planet, and must brave earthquakes and extremely high winds.

star 7.67
3 votes
U.S. Navy's Super Ship

#24 - U.S. Navy's Super Ship

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 18, 2017

The US Navy is the largest sea force on the planet and their new, ground-breaking Littoral Combat Ships are the fastest combat ships in its fleet. Built for speed, these innovative warships can travel at over 40 knots per hour in shallow water.

star 7.67
3 votes
Chernobyl's Toughest Fix

#25 - Chernobyl's Toughest Fix

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 3, 2019

The Chernobyl disaster created one of the world's deadliest places, and as the temporary fix around the damaged reactor begins to fail, engineers race to build a cutting-edge structure to contain the contamination that could threaten the world.

star 7.67
15 votes