By Amy Johnston
The industry is calling out for young engineers to take on the demand of the UK economy and meet the growth of manufacturing. From invention and design to production and maintenance, if you are creative, get a kick out of problem solving, and are interested in the world around you, a career in engineering could create a future of possibilities.
General, Civil, Mechanical, Aerospace, Electronic and Electrical, Production and Manufacturing, Chemical Process and Energy Engineering.
Routes into engineering:
The minimum duration of an apprenticeship for those aged 16-18 is 12 months (Engineering UK 2013). Apprenticeships feature elements including technical knowledge qualification, key skills in team work and problem solving alongside functional skills with maths and english qualifications. That’s a lot of achievements crammed into one apprenticeship…
The non-graduate route involves entering an apprenticeship scheme with a typical requirement of a minimum of 5 GSCEs or Standard Grades. By starting off as an Operator in an apprenticeship, you can study towards an engineering diploma.
Those with highers and A-Levels can take on a higher apprenticeship to qualify you towards a Diploma (HND) or Foundation degree. From there, you can reach the position of an Incorporated Engineer.
Professional qualifications range from Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Engineering Technicians (EngTech). An advanced apprenticeship will enable you to achieve a National Certificate or Diploma with an initial professional development (IPD).
To become a Chartered Engineer, a four-year MEng course accredited by engineering institutes including ‘ICE’ is key. (monster.co.uk)
In 2010/11, 51.9% of graduates went into full-time paid employment, compared to 58.2% of engineering and technology graduates who went into full-time employment.
The proportion of engineering and technology graduates going into just part-time work (5.8%), was about half of that of all graduates (11.4%).
(Engineering UK 2013)
Work experience: You can get hands-on technical experience in engineering companies by taking part in industrial placements. Some year long placements are even designed to fit in nicely between four year undergraduate degrees.
Whether you’re looking to get into construction, surveying or engineering, the deadlines for placements vary. Most deadlines will take place between January and April, however keep an eye out from Christmas to be safe.
And finally, if you understand this joke, then you have the characteristics to be an engineer:
Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.