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We found 8,717 Engineering Jobs in the UK

It is estimated that nearly 6 million people are working in engineering in the UK. The biggest engineering employers are found in manufacturing, followed by information & communication and then construction. The growing importance of engineering jobs in the UK is reflected by the current engineering job shortage, which is estimated to be anything up to 65,000. Engineering employers can be found across many different industries and specialities.

With so many different engineering jobs available, duties, industries, locations, salaries and engineering employers can vary significantly. Below is a brief breakdown of some of the most common engineering jobs:

  • Mechanical Engineering – The design and implementation of solutions involving moving parts, such as turbines
  • Civil Engineering – The creation of buildings, bridges and other large-scale projects
  • Electrical Engineering – Involves working on a wide range of components, devices and systems, encompassing everything from microchips to power station generators
  • Electronic Engineering – Focuses on areas such as communication, navigation and medial and manufacturing technology
  • Chemical Engineering – Creating or improving substances and process related to food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics and fertiliser

There are numerous routes into engineering jobs, with most requiring qualifications in subjects such as maths. To study a degree in engineering you will first need to have A levels in maths and another subject, such as physics or chemistry. Qualifications are often more important than experience in the eyes of engineering employers when entering this industry, but apprenticeships are available, particularly with larger engineering employers.

With engineering jobs playing such a vital role in many industries, there are numerous opportunities to develop professionally and career wise once you become qualified. In general, the more senior you become the more likely you will be required to take on additional tasks when working in engineering, such as project management. Once an engineer, you can become professionally registered, which in turn can increase your engineering job opportunities with engineering employers and lead to higher wages.

There are many advantages to having working  in engineering. From the job satisfaction of creating solutions that benefit society, to the daily challenges you will be expected to solve, many people find engineering jobs very rewarding, both financially and intellectually. Working in engineering also provides opportunities to operate in a variety of different industries and for varying engineering employers. Engineering jobs can often be very stable in the long-term, as well as being viewed as a prestigious and highly professional sector to work in.

The high educational requirements needed by engineering employers can be off-putting for some, as can the need to continue studying throughout your career to ensure you keep up to date with the latest technology and regulations. Engineering jobs can also involve working in uncomfortable locations and at unsociable hours, as well as featuring high workloads and an often demanding and competitive environments.