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An Industry Guide to Engineering Apprenticeships

Are you the type of person who just has to take things apart to see how they work? A born problem-solver who loves a challenge? It sounds like you might be an engineer.

If you already know what career path is right for you, don’t let us stand in your way:

But if you’re still undecided, read on to find out more about the wonderful world of engineering…

The Basics.

A career in engineering can take you pretty much anywhere, from the bottom of the ocean to the deep reaches of space.

Engineers operates across many different branches. Some of these most popular disciplines include: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering (to name just a few).

At the moment, the UK is experiencing something of an engineering boom, with more engineering jobs being created than ever before. While companies clash over engineering talent, the number of great companies offering quality engineering apprenticeships has exploded.

More than ever people are finding their first step into the engineering industry via an entry-level, higher, or even degree-level engineering apprenticeship.

As an industry, engineering is at the very forefront of innovation, from the design of computer hardware to the construction of satellites. Could this be the right industry for you?


Engineering Apprenticeships: Everything you need to know.

An apprenticeship can offer you a hands-on route into the world of engineering, allowing you to work on real projects from day one while you gain money, experience and qualifications. 

Apprenticeships cover a diverse range of sectors, offering you the chance to work towards a higher qualification. Engineering degree apprenticeships allow you to gain a university qualification, while also beginning your journey towards chartered status.

What are the entry requirements for engineering apprenticeships?

Many engineering apprenticeships are aimed at school leavers and those taking A-levels. The exact entry requirements will vary depending on the scheme, but engineering favours skills in maths, science, electronics, or IT, with a general aptitude towards problem-solving. As well as technical ability, engineers require good communication skills, as well as the ability to work well in an, often multi-discipline, team.

A good personality fit for engineering would be someone who is curious and interested in how things work, someone who is willing to think outside the box and challenge the status-quo. Engineers are always looking for a better way to achieve an end goal.

The Latest Engineering Apprenticeships:

Types of Engineering Apprenticeships.

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineers work on problems involving both aircraft and spacecraft.An Aerospace engineer might be tasked with a number of aircraft-related problems, from the design of a wing to the power of a thruster. 

Aerospace engineering includes two branches, aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering (rocket science!)

Automotive Engineering

Automotive engineers are concerned with the development of vehicles, be that passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles or off-road dune-buggies.

An automotive engineer might be tasked with modifying or improving a part of an existing vehicle or even designing a new product. They might even work in the world of motorsports racing.

Broadcast Engineering

The broadcast engineer works across TV, radio and multimedia to ensure the technical aspects of a broadcast. A master of specialist AV and broadcast equipment, broadcast engineering is a multifaceted role that requires high standards in tight deadlines.

Broadcast engineering offers the chance to get involved with media industries from a technical perspective.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is a hugely varied discipline, with civil engineers working across infrastructure and construction. Civil engineers can work on buildings, roads, bridges, anything with a structural component.

Civil engineers get the chance to work on a lot of interesting and different projects.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers design electrical systems to meet requirements and specifications. Electrical engineering is required across a number of sectors, from building services to transportation and manufacturing.

Electrical engineers ensure that the right products and systems are put into place to ensure safety, quality, and low-cost for end users.

Energy Engineering

Energy engineering is concerned with energy systems, be that the production of energy through natural resources (oil and gas engineering), or green energy production through wind, solar, biofuels and hydro.

Energy engineers help to make existing systems more efficient so that more energy can be created for less. They also ensure that solutions are safe and as sustainable as possible.

Marine Engineering

Marine engineers focus on the ocean and water propulsion, designing ships, oil rigs and submarines.

Marine engineering helps to apply both existing and new engineering systems to the difficult conditions experienced on and under the water.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is all about mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers work across a vast number of sectors, anywhere where there are mechanical parts in use from transport to construction, aerospace to marine, mechanical spans many other engineering disciplines.

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest of engineering disciplines, so there are many applications that need improving and maintaining.

Telecommunications Engineering

Telecommunications engineers are responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of telecommunications systems. Historically this referred to systems for telephone communications, but now includes digital communications and infrastructure for digital networks. They are tasked with allowing data transmission.

Telecommunications also includes the engineering required to establish wireless networks.

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