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Most Common Job Roles in Engineering

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer

Civil engineers design and oversee construction projects. This includes tunnels, bridges and buildings.

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers design and develop mechanical devices such as train and car engines.

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers design, develop and maintain electrical systems, such as the national grip.

Electronic Engineer

Electrical engineers use electrical components to design and develop electronic circuits and devices such as phones (and robots).

Software Engineer

Software Engineer

Software engineers design and develop software to make computers and hardware work. Such as the IOS software.

Aeronautical Engineer

Aeronautical Engineer

Aeronautical engineers design, develop and maintain aircraft's for both commercial and other use.

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Routes into Engineering

GCSE

Most universities will also require you to have at least a grade 5-6 (B) in GCSE maths and grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English. Also, Check the grade requirements for your local sixth form or college.

A-levels

Common A-levels that are accepted for engineering degrees are Physics, Maths and other science subjects. To find out what grades are accepted that your chosen universities check their website (the grade requirements should be listed on the course page).

University

There are university courses available for every type of engineering or you can even do a general engineering course (not all universities offer this) and decide on your specialism later in your degree. 

Graduate Scheme or Job

Most engineering graduate schemes will consider graduates with a 2:2 or above in their degree. However, so schemes will only accept graduates with a 2:1 and above in their degree. Check on the companies website to be sure.

GCSE

Most universities will also require you to have at least a grade 5-6 (B) in GCSE maths and grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English. Also, Check the grade requirements for your local sixth form or college.

B-tec

You can take a B-tec course in a specific type of engineering or in general engineering (most colleges offer general engineering). If you are a mature student (aged over 21) you should consider doing a B-tec Access to Higher Education course in Engineering. Most universities accept students from B-tec courses, check the universities grade requirements on their website (the grade requirements should be listed on the course page).

University

There are university courses available for every type of engineering or you can even do a general engineering course (not all universities offer this) and decide on your specialism later in your degree.

Graduate Scheme or Job

Most engineering graduate schemes will consider graduates with a 2:2 or above in their degree. However, so schemes will only accept graduates with a 2:1 and above in their degree. Check on the companies website to be sure.

GCSE

Most apprenticeships in engineering will expect you to have grade 5-6 (B) or above in GCSE maths and grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English. Check on the companies website or by contacting them for the grade requirements needed.

Apprenticeship

An engineering apprenticeship is a way that you can learn and develop the skills for being an engineer first hand, while working for the company (and getting paid). 

Progress into Job

On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you may be offered a job with the company. If not, you will still have the skills required to apply for jobs at other engineering companies or to continue your education at degree level.

GCSE

Most engineering degree apprenticeships will expect you to have 5-6 (B) or above in GCSE maths and grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English. Some will also require you to have A-Level or equivalent level 3 qualifications. Check the entry requirements on the companies website.

Degree Apprenticeship

Degree apprenticeships give you the chance to learn on the job (while getting paid) and spend time at university studying for your degree at the same time. Typically you will spend 1 – 2 days at university a week and the rest working with the company.

Progress into Job

After successfully completing a degree apprenticeship, you may be offered a job with the company. If not, you will be eligible to apply for most graduate schemes (providing your grades are high enough) or full time work in engineering.

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