Fundamentally, engineering is solving problems. Engineers solve the problems that underpin all aspects of line and can be seen in evidence in nearly everything: flying in a plane, taking a phone call, cooking a meal.
Engineers are involved with the design and production of a huge variety of things and tackle problems from the small, like how to make the best razor possible; to on a grand scale, like working out how to make clean drinking water more readily available throughout the world. Engineers make a key contribution to society, so if you’re looking for a career in which you can add value to the world and take a real sense of pride in your work, engineering could be for you.
What's in it for you?
The engineering industry provides innumerable career opportunities and there are a number of subsectors in which you could work; IT, Manufacturing, Defence, Energy, to name a few. Starting salaries are good with an average of around £22,000 rising to £35,000 - £55,000 for more senior positions.
Along with this, benefits in in the engineering sector are often generous. Engineering often requires a large amount of travel for fieldwork throughout the UK and globally and so you could find yourself working in a variety of different environments, from offices to oil rigs.
Do you have a strong technical skill-set?
Do you have strong analytical skills?
Are you a natural problem solver?
Are you adept at researching?
Can you communicate well with others?
Are you organised and able to prioritise effectively?
Types of Engineering
The work of engineers has a far-reaching impact
and touches nearly every aspect of life. Therefore
there are many different types of engineers and numerous
different career paths you could take. Here are some of the most popular: