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Explore Careers in Engineering

Engineering and manufacturing is one of the UK’s broadest sectors. Almost 5.7 million people work in engineering in the UK, accounting for just over 19% of all UK employment.

While some engineering-related industries, such as mining and quarrying, are in decline, others are actively seeking new recruits.

Branches of engineering include:

  • aerospace
  • applications
  • architecture
  • automotive
  • building services
  • chemical
  • civil
  • commercial
  • commissioning
  • computing and IT
  • construction
  • contracting
  • defence
  • design
  • electrical
  • electronics
  • environmental
  • estimator
  • facilities management
  • geotechnical
  • health and safety
  • hydrology
  • infrastructure
  • instrumentation and control systems
  • manufacturing
  • marine
  • materials
  • mechanical
  • petroleum, oil and gas
  • planning
  • plant
  • power
  • process
  • production
  • project management
  • quality
  • rail
  • research and development
  • site
  • software
  • surveying
  • systems
  • telecoms, digital communications and networks
  • test
  • transportation.

Industries that require qualified engineering and manufacturing graduates include space, music, nuclear, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and automation and robotics.

Andrew Harries – Network Rail

Daniel Hopkins – Network Rail

Chloe Smith – Preston’s College Student

Matt Bamber – Nuclear Principle Inspector for the Office of Nuclear Regulation

Jack Redfern – Apprentice Technician at BAE Systems

Amy Clare – Network Rail

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