It’s all about solving problems using specialist technical and practical skills. It’s all about maths, science, research, prototypes, design, maintenance and production.

Every industry and every area of society depends on the precise and efficient work of engineers. Engineers provide technological solutions to the problems, issues and ideas that affect every area of our lives. They design, manufacture and maintain almost everything people and industries use, from computers, spacecraft and boats to corkscrews, buildings and chemical reactors. Technological advances would never happen without engineers. Consequently, the people who work in this sector are massively important in developing the future of our society.


For most organisations, especially suppliers, engineering is a vital department. Key responsibilities include:
  • Job recruitment, selection and promotion
  • Promoting career development and training
  • Developing employee benefits and wellness programmes
  • Enforcing personnel policies
  • Induction processes for new employees
  • Guidance regarding disciplinary actions
  • Primary contact for accidents within the workplace.
Due to the many areas within the engineering industry, it is common for people working in this career to have an expertise in one or more areas. A few specialist roles relating to engineering include:
  • Software engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Civil engineer
  • Development engineer

To find out how to start your career and where a career in engineering can take you, click the tabs below.


'When I first turned up for the interview, and walked through a builders yard. Then interviewed by three burley old school veterans of the industry, I did wonder what was I letting myself in for. I very quickly realised it is a very forward thinking industry'. - Gwen Bergius


  • A career in engineering can take you down many routes. But it is a great career for those who like to be creative and are up for a challenge. If you are curious about how things work and like to be a problem solver, this is the job for you.
  • You can get in to this career by doing an apprenticeship. This is the route most people take at the moment. But you can also go to university to get a degree. Learning engineering in the building materials industry can lead to you learning the transferable skills needed for any industry.
  • Starting salaries in engineering start around £27,000 per annum. The average salary for those working as engineers in the UK can earn £40,000.
  • There are many ways that you can progress. This will be based on your experience, knowledge and your willingness to learn more. You can become a trainer, manager or advisor.