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There are a great many different types of jobs in the engineering spectrum. This is one of the widest career paths to go down, with such an extensive subject as engineering, you have many different sectors to do into. Whichever particular route you decide to go down, engineering can become a lucrative career as people who are creative, skilled and technically savvy are in high demand within all industries.


Skills required to be an engineer

There are some skills which will come in handy in every engineering job. Take a look at the following skills and personality traits to see if you would make a good engineer:

  • Good technical skills or the ability to develop them
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • A problem solving midset
  • Creative ways of thinking and approaching situations
  • Good communication skills and the ability to get on with different people
  • Team Working skills


If you can’t find job in engineering that suits you here, consider looking our logistics and supply chain category, the skills required to be an engineer can also be necessary to careers in this industry.


Types of engineering roles

The list of different types of engineering career is extensive, but here are some examples of the types of positions you could find yourself in:

  • Aerospace/aeronautical engineering
    • To do with the research design and development of aircraft and sometimes space exploration
    • Testing aircraft under extreme conditions and research into the improvement of flying mechanics
  • Chemical engineering
    • Using chemical or biological processes to change or produce materials
    • Using chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics or economics, or all these together to analyse and work with scientific substances
  • Civil engineering
    • Designing and developing infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges
    • Using mechanics, hydraulics and geotechnics to develop construction plans as well as statistical analysis
  • Computer engineering
    • Merging electrical engineering and computer science to design and prototype computer hardware and software
    • Understanding how computers operate at a physical level and working to produce new products and systems
  • Electrical or electronics engineering
    • Studying large scale and small scale productions of electrical power
    • Understanding how electrical systems are set up and working on the advancement of power production
  • Mechanical engineering
    • Designing, manufacturing and maintaining mechanical systems
    • Working in such fields as artificial intelligence and and sustainable energy to come up with new ideas and designs
  • Engineering management
    • Management-focussed engineering to bring together projects and jobs with teams of engineers
    • A managerial and technical job which touches both engineering and business expertise


How to get started in engineering

You might have studied engineering at university and be looking to enter into a career with a specific qualification, in which case you could be looking at a starting salary of an average of £27,000, however this may vary depending on what type of job you are doing. You may have decided you would like to enter into an engineering role in a different way. Because of the many different industries you could choose to go into it may help to have a transferable qualification. For example, you could stand a better chance of going into computer engineering if you have a qualification, or a background in IT or electronics.


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