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Do you want to work in an industry that makes a very real impact on the world around us? Would you like to design aircraft, ships or cars, or find new ways of generating renewable energy to make sure that thousands of homes have heating and lighting?

Engineers use science and technology to come up with the answers to practical problems. They design, develop, build, fix and put all types of things together.

If you have an inquiring mind, enjoy problem-solving and making things work, and like using technology to design new products, structures or systems, then engineering could be the career for you.

To see the routes to getting into each of these sectors, take a look at our Career Areas.

What areas can I work in?

There are all sorts of engineers working in hundreds of different industries. Areas include aeronautical, chemical and material, electrical and electronic, mechanical and manufacturing, naval and marine, offshore and energy, and general engineering.

Related industries include science, information technology and construction for jobs such as chemical engineering, telecommunications engineering and civil engineering.

What kind of companies can I work for?

Possible employers include:

  • energy and utility companies
  • aircraft and aerospace engineering firms
  • pharmaceutical, plastics, paper, and textiles manufacturers
  • food and drink manufacturers
  • oil and gas companies
  • general manufacturing firms
  • telecommunications and IT companies
  • defence
  • Marine
  • Civil Service or National Health Service (NHS)
  • transport.

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  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician

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  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineering Technician
  • Chemical Plant Process Operative
  • Materials Scientist or Engineer

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  • Electrical or Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Electrician
  • Electricity Distribution Worker
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Field Service Technician
  • Home Media Engineer
  • Lightning Protection Engineer
  • Railway Maintenance Engineering Technician - Distribution and Plant
  • Railway Maintenance Engineering Technician - Signalling
  • Railway Maintenance Engineering Technician - Telecoms
  • Security Systems Installer
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  • CAD Technician
  • Construction Plant Mechanic
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  • Ergonomist
  • Heating and Ventilation Engineer
  • Landbased Service Engineer
  • Mining Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Refrigeration Engineer
  • Smart Meter Engineer
  • Teacher - Secondary School - Design and Technology/Technological Education

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  • Engineering Operative
  • Fabricator or Plater
  • Field Service Technician
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  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Railway Maintenance Engineering Technician - Overhead Line
  • Railway Maintenance Engineering Technician - Track
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Toolmaker
  • Welder

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  • Boat or Ship Builder
  • Marine Engineer
  • Naval Architect

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  • Petroleum or Reservoir Engineer
  • Renewable Energy Engineer
  • Roustabout
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  • Subsea Engineer
  • Toolpusher
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  • Wind Turbine Technician

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