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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.

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