Saturday, 20th April 2019


Jobs and Career Paths Engineering and Manufacturing

The focus of engineering and manufacturing is on the design and production, respectively, of just about anything, from consumer goods and car parts to bridges and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The two disciplines often go hand in hand, together comprise one of the largest sectors and largest employers and have an enormous impact on our environments and our lives.

The modern world of engineering shows no sign of slowing down and the demand for new and exciting products is huge as people’s desire for efficiency grows.

Suceeding In This Career Path

A huge amount of planning goes into designing a structure; engineers must create a detailed blueprint and ensure that the structure will be safe and remain safe in all circumstances.

To succeed in this industry they must think creatively and logically so that all design and development problems can be solved. All engineers must excel at mathematics and physical sciences and have fantastic communication skills so that ideas can be shared across a team.

Manufacturing engineering or 'industrial engineering' is determining how to actually make products. It is the use of machines, tools and labour to produce goods and can range from complex components, such as aircraft parts, to everyday household appliances.

The term ‘manufacturing’ can refer to a range of different activities from handicraft to high tech, however most commonly it involves the transformation of raw materials into finished goods on a large scale.

Being able to manufacture products on a large scale and on an efficient budget is incredibly important to the UK’s economy and is key to attracting foreign investment.

Types of Jobs in Engineering and Manufacturing

There are many different areas of engineering and manufacturing which affect all sorts of different industries. Not all engineers work building bridges or aeroplanes but these are obviously major areas of work.

Jobzoo have separated the job paths into engineering, civil engineering and manufacturing. These are the three general career routes within the engineering and manufacturing sector, but there are many specialisms in which all of these job paths are involved, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Construction
  • Electrical and electronics
  • Food and drink
  • Metals, minerals and materials
  • Marine
  • Nuclear
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharmaceutical

For more in-depth information on the the different job paths within Engineering and Manufacturing, please follow the below links:

Getting into Engineering and Manufacturing

The engineering and manufacturing industry has a great skills shortage amongst young entrants. With young, skilled engineers in demand and with industry leaders calling for education and engineering qualifications, it is a great industry to get into at the moment.

There are a couple of ways of getting into engineering and manufacturing; either through the higher education route of an engineering degree, or by getting vocational training or an apprenticeship.

A relevant degree in an engineering or technology-related subject is often very useful for working in this sector but it is also necessary to have completed a work placement or sandwich course. Apprenticeships are a great way of entering this industry but they are increasingly competitive to get into. Experience and the right work-based skills are the most important thing to achieve.

More Engineering and Manufacturing Resources

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  • Related job paths include Product Design and Building and Construction.