Engineers are in demand and over the next few years there will be 1.86 million vacancies that require engineering skills
There are a range of industries to consider:
There are opportunities for mechanical, electrical, electronic or chemical engineers within many of these industries. You could choose to work in a design, research and development, production or maintenance function.
The food and drink industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing more than 400,000 workers. While medical and pharmaceutical companies employ large numbers of people in research and development.
You could also look at the construction, IT, utilities and transport job sectors for further opportunities in engineering and manufacturing.
For examples of job roles in this sector, see graduate jobs in engineering and manufacturing.
Some of the main companies in the aerospace industry are:
The top UK employers in the automotive industry include:
Household names in the food and drink manufacturing industry include:
In oil and gas the main companies are:
Other large companies who recruit engineers include:
Graduates entering the engineering and manufacturing sector can expect:
According to the Engineering UK 2014 report, overall demand for engineering and manufacturing recruits is up by 40% compared to June 2012. There are a number of areas where recruitment is on the increase including:
Other growth areas include: renewable energy; finding sustainable ways to grow food, build houses and travel; and advances in medical technology for an ageing population. There is also an increasing need for research and development into use of automation and robotics to perform functions for us.
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