• Engineering and manufacturing

TSR Wiki > Careers > Career Options > A-Z of Careers > Engineering and manufacturing

Job Opportunities
Search for jobs on TSR's partner site, Guardian Jobs.
Or, search for jobs on the UK's largest jobs database, Jobcentre Plus.
The Forum
Want to talk about Engineering and Manufacturing jobs? Then visit the Careers subforum.
Other Links
Find out more about engineering by visiting the Royal Academy of Engineering website.
Learn about the role of the Engineering Council.

What does the engineering and manufacturing sector involve?

Sectors of the engineering industry are doing really well but, partly because of low-cost products from abroad compared with the cost of products made here, manufacturing is doing less well. Although manufacturing is going through a tough spell (according to lots of people, it’s been on a downward slump for years), it still brings in billions of pounds to the country and employs a few million people. The industry is about much more than bridges, cars and tools. It also covers anything from food and drink - the biggest manufacturing sector in the UK - to clothing, drugs and medical equipment, and computers.

Why should I apply for a career in the engineering and manufacturing Sector?

This sector provides increasing opportunities to work overseas, such as in oil and gas exploration (though many engineers are working on things like wind power and getting energy from waves). Furthermore, engineering is getting more involved in medical matters, such as in the development of equipment that could dramatically improve people’s quality of life. Therefore this sector provides a wide range of opportunities for those who have an interest in either of these areas.

Training and Applicants

If you’re able to take an engineering degree (many options are possible: mechanical, civil, chemical, software to name just a few), then you’ll have loads of options. It’s likely that more and more women will enter the industry, especially when they realise the excellent salaries that can be earned! Jobs are also available for people with lower-level qualifications but you will often be expected to study further once working. Some jobs are technical, others practical and others still are more concerned with managing projects or organising staff. Courses may have periods of work experience built in.

What opportunities are available within the sector?

There are many sectors. A number have very limited opportunities because they are in decline or have passed their peak, such as shipbuilding. Other areas, including some other parts of the transport sector, have increasing opportunities.

Visit the relevant forum

Latest relevant discussions Last post/replies
Nestle Grad Scheme 2019 entry 1 hour ago Replies: 11
Guide Dog Mobility Instructor 1 hour ago Replies: 5
Practicing law with a street caution. 2 hours ago Replies: 1
Heathrow Border Force Job 3 hours ago Replies: 95
Unilever UFLP digital interview 3 hours ago Replies: 20
Go to Career sectors and graduate employment forum Post new thread

Further Information

Case Studies


When did you begin training?

How did you find the traning?

Did/do you enjoy the job?

Have you gained anything from this job and if so, what?

Try Learn together, TSR's study area

revision notes




a study planner

of discussions

Black Friday: Yay or Nay?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE