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Mechanical, Automotive & Aerospace Engineering: Sector Overview

a guide to careers in mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering

Mechanical, Automotive & Aerospace Engineering

Sector Overview

What jobs are available and how to get them


Sector Overview

  • According to EngineeringUK the UK is going to need more than 2.2 million engineers over the next five to 10 years
  • Despite a difficult domestic economy (and Eurozone/global issues), the automotive sector looks to be on the rise. In February 2012 the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that car manufacturing rose by 15.6% in January
  • Engineering expertise, and the fact that much of the Autosport world is based here, is making the UK a centre for low-carbon vehicle development
  • 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 mechanical engineering sector has been hit by the Government’s cut in the annual investment allowance. According to the Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) in April 2012, confidence has weakened and SMEs are more wary of investing
  • Some mechanical subsectors (high tech precision skills) supplying to the automotive, aerospace, oil & gas and medical sectors are still performing strongly

Job Roles and Opportunities

  • There are opportunities in design, manufacturing, testing and R&D. You may also be able to move into business, logistics or commercial roles
  • The working environment is very much based on multi-disciplinary teams. You may sit on a team working on a specific component, which would be part of a bigger team working on testing or design or something similar. There will be integrated projects and you might liaise with people from other engineering and professional backgrounds
  • As well as the automotive and space sectors, another growth area in the UK is renewable energy. Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) members are looking at waste-to-energy projects, offshore wind turbines and working with the Government on helping to meet 2020 and 2050 emissions targets

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