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How to begin a career in Engineering

A career in engineering is a challenging and diverse career path in which people use science and mathematics to solve a variety of problems.

Today, almost every aspect of our lives have been influenced by engineers – from the water we drink to the medical services we rely on, engineering has definitely shaped the world. If you are considering a career in Engineering, but don’t know where to begin, we spoke to Flow Quip, a company specialising in Flow Meters for a variety of different applications, who gave us some simple pointers to help you get started.

What qualifications will I need?

There’s no getting around it, if you want to be an engineer, you have to work hard. There are many routes into teaching – from A-Levels and a formal degree in more work-based learning style qualifications.

  • At GCSE & A-Levels, Physics, Maths and Chemistry (for Chemical Engineering) are important – however, it is still possible if you haven’t studied these subjects, but additional training will be required.
  • Most job candidates will have an engineering degree – if you’re graduating from university with a relevant subject – for example maths, physics or other sciences – engineering is still a viable career path.
  • Work experience is key – regardless of if you have the right qualifications or degree, work experience is the best way to get real-life experience and prospective employers will always value a person who has spent their own time trying to further their knowledge.
  • You may need a specific degree – while most engineering jobs are available to those with a relative degree, certain careers – such as chemical or electrical engineering sectors – may need a specific degree, so make sure you know what path you want to go down before you make any big educational decisions.
  • Consider an Apprenticeship – if you can’t afford, or don’t have the time to study full time, apprenticeship opportunities are out there that would be great for those looking for a more practical style of learning.

What are the different types of engineering?

There are so many different engineering jobs and roles, and with new technologies and processes constantly evolving, enginieering roles are varied –  from locations to industries, the career pathways are endless.

There are four main engineering specialisms – Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical.

  • Chemical Engineer: These engineers develop raw materials into a range of useful products by changing the chemical, biochemical and physical state of a substance to turn it into something else.
  • Civil Engineer: This profession is very broad, but mainly deals with things around us – roads, railways, schools, hospitals and much more. It involves designing products – from engines to machines – and building them.
  • Electrical Engineer: The branch of engineering that deals with electricity and technology, engineers will design electrical control systems and required parts for products, buildings and machinery.
  • Materials Engineer: Engineers are responsible for researching materials for design and development of new products and technologies, along with determining the suitability of current materials.

What skills will I need?

  • Time management
  • Teamwork skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Project management
  • Critical thinking
  • Great communication skills
  • Creative and imaginative

If you are interested in a career in Engineering,  or would like more information on Flow Meters, contact FlowQuip today.