Relevant Engineering disciplines include:
- Aeronautical engineering
- Agricultural engineering
- Computer-aided engineering
- Engineering science
- Manufacturing engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Nuclear engineering
Level 2: GCSE (5 C-A*)
Level 3 – 4: A-Level, BTEC, Diploma, Apprenticeship
Level 5-6: Degree Apprenticeship, University Degree, HND, BSc (Bachelor of Science Engineering), Intermediate Professional Qualifications
Level 7: Master Degree.
Become an Engineer
Engineers create solutions and solve problems, playing a central role in the design and implementation of moving parts in a range of industries. They provide efficient solutions to the development of processes and products, ranging from small component designs to extremely large plants, machinery or vehicles. Engineers need to be technically minded, able to demonstrate numerical and scientific ability and have problem-solving skills.
Starting salaries for most engineers, and for those on graduate training schemes, are in the range of £20,000 to £28,000. With experience this can increase to between £25,000 and £35,000. At a mid-level for lead or principle engineers, salaries are around £35-£50,000. Senior positions, such as chief engineer, can earn £45,000 to £60,000+.
Most careers in engineering lead to a senior position with responsibility for other staff or larger projects and budgets. If you’re required to lead teams or manage projects, developing people management skills will be helpful. Gaining chartered status (CEng) is a significant help in career progression – this is proof that you’ve met a standard of experience and knowledge in the engineering profession. Once you have developed your technical skills, you can move into senior engineering posts, such as engineering director.
A day in the life of an Engineer
The day-to-day responsibilities of an engineer they perform are the following:
Analyse problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve the problem
Design or redesign mechanical, electrical, structural or thermal devices using analysis and computer-aided design
Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
Analyse the test results and change the design as needed
Oversee the manufacturing process for the device
Monitor and commission plant and systems
Work with other professionals, within and outside the engineering sector
Manage projects using engineering principles and techniques
Research and develop products
Make sure a product can be made reliably and will perform consistently in specified operating environments.
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