Start Your Career in the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Sector

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The Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing industry is growing at a quick pace, with lots of exciting opportunities to work with the latest technology available in the area. Choose employment in a variety of locations depending on your specialism - from the office and factory floors to building sites, workshops, laboratories and plants. 

Careers in advance Engineering and Manufacturing

Here are just a few examples of job titles that have shown to be the most popular listings in the South West region within the last year.

  • Maintenance Engineers
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • HGV and Vehicle Technician
  • Solutions Architect
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer

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In 2020 there were over 11,454 jobs in the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing industries advertised across the South West region, this is an increase of 6% on the national average.

Engineering and manufacturing is one of the UK's broadest sectors. 5.5 million people work in engineering in the UK, accounting for 18% of all UK employment. With new developments and Government initiatives in nuclear energy, food and drink manufacturing and AI technologies, the sector is one of the biggest growing nationally.


Salary is always dependant on qualifications, skills, experience and the demand locally but you could expect to start on a salary of around £25k, as a graduate you could start at around 35k rising with experience.


Here’s some of the key skills that employers commonly state is needed in their employees, these are included in their job adverts:


  • Communications
  • Management
  • Infrastructure
  • Innovation
  • Problem Solving
  • Customer Service
  • Planning
  • Operations
  • Leadership
  • Enthusiasm


Manufacturing Engineering Level 3

“I’ve always had a strong interest in engineering, but I felt that I’d gotten as far as I could in my previous job, so I enrolled on the Production Engineering Level 3 coursein order to further my career opportunities, and I’m so glad I did!...

The course led me to GKN Aerospace, where I’ve completed the Level 3 and Level 4 apprenticeships and feel like I have achieved so much more than I could have without the qualification.

The course lecturers were SO supportive, and even though I’d never done anything like this previously, I never felt like I was alone or struggling.

Engineering is such a varied profession; it’s forever growing and always evolving and there are so many ways you can go with it. I’ve found that you can always learn more, develop new skills and transfer to new areas to build your knowledge base.

My words of advice would be – there’s a lot of opportunity out there, you’ve just got to go for it.”



HNC in Electrical Engineering (year 2) and Level 3 Apprenticeship as Support Technician (year 4)

“I was in a bit of a tough spot before applying for an apprenticeship course. I had to choose between studying and working full-time to pay bills...

Clearly, the latter took priority and I found myself stuck in job roles that didn’t provide career or personal growth past the initial training. Once I found out that working and earning a qualification simultaneously was a real possibility,

I looked into fields that I had no experience in, but I still felt an interest towards. With no knowledge of how electronics work or how to use any mechanical tools, I managed to land an apprenticeshipwith Oxford Instruments and Weston College.

Nearly four years in, and I already have established a solid career path, I’ve learned things that I thought would be difficult to grasp, and the opportunity for further growth is ever present.

For anyone on the fence about being in the engineering field, don’t be discouraged about the fact that you don’t know what half the tools even do. The best way to learn is hands-on, which an apprenticeship provides an amazing opportunity for."

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