10 top jobs in engineering!

It's officially the Year of Engineering, so we decided to investigate the sorts of careers engineering offered - we were pleasantly surprised!  

1. CHEMICAL ENGINEER

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

Chemical engineers develop ways to turn raw materials into everyday products. The clothes we wear, the food and drink we consume and the energy we use all depend upon chemical engineering.

GETTING THERE

You’ll normally need an Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) or Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) accredited BEng degree in chemical, process or biochemical engineering.

If you have a degree in a different branch of engineering, or a related subject like chemistry or polymer science, a postgraduate qualification in chemical or process engineering may increase your chances of finding work.
 
You could also take an integrated master’s qualification, like an MEng, to prepare you for further postgraduate study.

PAY:  £29,000 to £60,000 average

2.  CHEMICAL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

Chemical engineering technicians work with chemical engineers to research, develop and manufacture products like plastics, medicines, foods, textiles and fuel.

GETTING THERE

You'll usually need to complete a college course in chemistry or engineering and then apply to a company for a trainee position. 

You’ll need colour-normal vision and no skin allergies for some jobs. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship

PAY:  £18,000 to £35,000 average

3. AEROSPACE ENGINEER

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

Aerospace engineers design, build and maintain planes, spacecraft and satellites.

GETTING THERE

You'll usually need an HNC, HND, foundation degree, or degree in aerospace engineering, avionics, or a related subject

The Association of Aerospace Universities has more information about courses.

You could also start as an aerospace engineering technician apprentice with an airline operator, airline manufacturer or engineering company.

You'll usually start on a company's training scheme, and work towards your engineering licence, known as a Part 66, and issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With a licence, you can work as a qualified engineer.

PAY: £20,000 to £60,000 average

4. STUDIO SOUND ENGINEER

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

Sound engineers work in studios and make recordings of music, speech and sound effects.

GETTING THERE

There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll need a good knowledge of music and recording technology. You may also find it useful to understand physics and electronics.

You could gain knowledge of recording technology by:

·       taking a music technology course at college or university 

·       starting as a runner or an assistant in a recording studio 

·       working on community music events, DJ projects, hospital or community radio, or mixing and recording music in a home studio 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship

PAY: £15,000 to £40,000 average

5. DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

Design engineers research and develop ideas and systems for manufacture.

GETTING THERE

You'll usually need a foundation degree, an HND or a degree in a subject like:

·       engineering product design

·       industrial design

·       computer aided design engineering

·       engineering design and manufacture

·       materials science

Mechanical, electrical and civil engineering qualifications may also help.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship

PAY: £20,000 to £55,000 average

6.  RAIL ENGINEER

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

Rail engineering technicians install and service mechanical and electrical systems on trains.

GETTING THERE

You'll usually need experience and qualifications as a mechanical fitter, electrician or craftsperson with a rail engineering company.

You must pass a medical check which tests physical fitness, hearing and eyesight. You may also have an aptitude test to assess your skills.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship

PAY: 18,000 to £35,000 average

7. TELECOMS ENGINEER

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

Telecoms engineers work on satellite, digital TV and fibre optic systems, and install broadband, mobile and landline phone networks.

GETTING THERE

There are no set entry requirements, but experience in electronic or electrical engineering would be useful.

Although not essential, you could get a college qualification in a subject like communications cabling, ICT systems and principles, or electrical and electronic engineering. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship

PAY: 16,000 to £30,000 average

8. MOTOR SPORTS ENGINEER

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

Motorsport engineers design, build and test racing cars and motor cycles.

GETTING THERE

You’ll need experience in vehicle engineering or a related area, like component manufacturing, electronic controls or mechanics.

You’ll also need an engineering foundation degree, HND or degree, in something like:

·       automotive 

·       electronic

·       mechanical

·       motorsport

The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) recommends you choose a course that includes work placements with manufacturers and suppliers, and volunteering at racing events as a marshal. 

It may also be useful to get involved with schemes like the Formula Student programme or Greenpower. 

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship

PAY: £18,000 to £60,000 average per year

9. NUCLEAR ENGINEER

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

Nuclear engineers are responsible for the safe running of nuclear power stations.

GETTING THERE

You’ll need an HNC, HND, foundation degree or degree in a relevant scientific or technical subject, such as:

·       chemical engineering 

·       electrical engineering 

·       maths 

·       mechanical engineering 

·       physics

You could also go on a graduate training scheme. 

For some jobs in the nuclear industry you may need to pass security checks.

PAY: £24,000 to £70,000

10. CIVIL ENGINEER

 
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WHAT DO THEY DO?

A civil engineer’s job is varied, they devise solutions to complex problems such as maintaining and adapting the infrastructure that we depend on every day – our roads, railways and bridges; energy and water supply; waste networks and flood defences.

GETTING THERE

You'll usually need an engineering degree (BEng) or a Master’s degree (MEng) in civil engineering. 

You could start as a technician and study part-time for an HND or foundation degree, leading to a degree in civil engineering, or you could get into this job through an apprenticeship

PAY:  £24,000 to £80,000 average

INTERESTED IN ENGINEERING AS A CAREER? READ MORE FROM THIS NOCN SPONSORED SUPPLEMENT: CAREERS IN ENGINEERING 

 

All information from the National Careers Service website 2018