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Jobs in Engineering

Written by Kimberley Startup | March 16, 2011 | 3 Comments

Jobs in EngineeringDo you want to be a theme park engineer or part of an F1 team? Perhaps your ambition is to become an aerospace technology engineer at NASA? If you want to be at the cutting-edge, engineering is one of the most exciting sectors to be in.

But how do you get a job in engineering?

The usual route into this industry is to get an academic qualification. Most colleges and universities offer a wide range of courses, from broad-based degrees like mechanical engineering or specialist subjects such as marine engineering.

Deciding what sort of engineering job you want can be tough. Try and get some hands-on industry experience. Not only will work experience look impressive on you CV, it may help you decide what career path interests you the most. Most engineering courses incorporate an industry placement or you could find an internship by contacting companies yourself.

Perhaps you have had enough of sitting in a classroom or maybe you currently work in another industry and want to retrain to get a job in engineering. There are a wide range of vocational courses such as BTEC diplomas, GNVQs or modern apprenticeships which will allow you to take a more practical approach to learning.

Recruitment fairs are a good opportunity to look for engineering jobs and network with industry professionals. Find out which companies will be there and do some research beforehand. By knowing about the company, you will make a great impression with your prospective employers.

With the growth of engineering sectors such as renewable energy, the demand for engineers is set to rise. Many companies will sponsor students through their degrees. Not only will you avoid course fees, you’ll likely be offered an engineering job when you graduate.

Once you’ve qualified, don’t panic if you don’t walk straight into an engineering job. There are many niche online recruitment sites and job boards, such as Just Engineers, which will email the latest jobs straight to you. Stay up-to-date with the latest industry innovations by signing up for newsletters from websites like The Engineer. Keep trying and take a proactive approach and you’ll get your dream engineering job.

Are you an engineer? Share your experiences with budding candidates looking for your tips below.

3 thoughts on “Jobs in Engineering

  1. Sean on Reply

    Do you want to be a theme park engineer or part of an F1 team? Perhaps your ambition is to become an aerospace technology engineer at NASA? If you want to be at the cutting-edge, engineering is one of the most exciting sectors to be in.

    I totally agree with Sam, and the article, engineering is an open world for anyone who wants to get in it, the opprtunity are endless and it is always a safe bet to go after.
    The world of engineering is split into so many sub-worlds that there is definitely one for everyone if you feel like putting the hours in to study and spend a little time at first working to train yourself.

  2. Alice Taylor on Reply

    I am an engineer and agree that niche websites like The Engineer are the best way to go around finding a career. I found my job through The Engineer and absolutely love it!

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