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Electrical, Electronic & Telecommunications Engineering: Sector Overview

a guide to careers in electrical & electronic engineering and telecommunications

Electrical, Electronic & Telecommunications Engineering

Sector Overview

What jobs are available and how to get them


Job Roles and Opportunities

  • You might work in product development or in a support/implementation role. Development positions will typically involve one product at a time, while support roles might feature multiple projects per day. Project lengths can vary from a few weeks to more than a year. Support engineers may work with a product for years
  • The working environment is very much based on multi-disciplinary teams with different levels of experience. At the beginning a graduate might do small sections of the work. With experience you would take on greater levels of responsibility, in either a technical or management area

Sector Overview

  • According to EngineeringUK the UK is going to need more than 2.2 million engineers over the next five to 10 years
  • The Space sector is growing in importance in the UK. Innovation is key to its strength. However, there is still a shortage of scientists and engineers with the necessary skills to drive development
  • The Medical Devices sector has been growing in the UK. Imaging, diagnostic testing, life support and rehabilitation are all areas where engineering has seen great innovations
  • Robotics looks to become a global growth area and jobs provider, although there is a lack of investment in the UK at the moment
  • Telecoms has seen rapid developments recently. Key issues now are around digital platforms, bandwidth and security.

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