School of Engineering
Each type of engineering requires its own skill set, so whether you’re scientifically minded or excel in a hands-on environment, would like to specialise in a particular area or are more focused on the bigger picture, you’ll be a valuable asset to the sector. There are a number of resources available to help you choose which career you would like to pursue. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the links below may help you to decide.
You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:
Below are some potential career options you may be interested in:
- Aerospace Engineer
- Biomedical Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Nuclear Engineer
- Systems Engineer
There are a large number of companies that Engineering graduates, some large, multinational companies and some smaller regional companies. Some companies recruit through their own websites so it is helpful to start by highlighting some relevant companies that you may be interested in and search their career pages on their websites for their opportunities. Here you can find sites that will support you with finding roles;
- Aviation Job Search
- Engineering Jobs Theiet
- Flight Global
- Aero Society
- EMED Careers
- Engineering Jobs
- The Chemical Engineer
- New Scientist
- Oil and Gas Job Search
Before starting your job search, identify the industries in which you would like to enter. This will help you tailor and focus your job search. Below are some examples of employers who employ Engineering Graduates:
- aircraft and aircraft component manufacturing companies
- airline operators
- the armed forces, including the Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force (RAF)
- government research agencies such as the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
- the further and higher education sectors
- regulators such as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
- hospital trusts
- medical equipment manufacturers
- university research departments
- rehabilitation or health charities.
- business, management and consultancy
- chemical and allied products
- food and drink
- oil and gas
- process plants and equipment
- construction sector
- Local Authorities
- Government Departments
There are many sites that can support you with your personal development at the start of your career and also during your career journey. Look at their sites to see how you can develop professionally:
- Institute of Mechanical Engineers
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology
- The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
- Engineering Council
- Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
- The Institution of Civil Engineers
- The Institution of Structural Engineers
- The Women’s Engineering Society
Graduate Scheme Options
A graduate scheme is a structured training programme run by an employer to develop future leaders of an organisation. They are relevant for an individual interested in developing a range of experience across an organisation over a specialist route. Schemes can exist in a variety of industries with a high percentage of companies open to any degree discipline. See the suggestions below to find listings of graduate schemes:
There are a number of schemes who have programmes and roles for Engineering Graduates:
- Rolls Royce Graduate Careers
- British Airways Graduate careers
- Jaguar Land Rover Graduate Careers
- AIRBUS Graduate Careers
- BAE Systems Graduate Careers
- BP Graduate Careers
- Shell Graduate Careers
- Mclaren Graduate Careers
- BMW Group Graduate Careers
- Dyson Graduate Careers
- Siemens Graduate Careers
- Mercedes Graduate Careers
- Network Rail Graduate Careers
Equality and Diversity Initiatives
Many employers and organisations advertise opportunities and initiatives to attract candidates from under-represented backgrounds and improve representation within their industry. The links below offer an insight into targeted initiatives and support available within industries related to your school.
Pride in STEM – their goal is to raise the profile of LGBT+ people in science, technology, engineering and maths/medicine (STEM) as well as to highlight the struggles LGBTSTEM people often face. They aim to “queer up science spaces” and to “science up queer spaces”.
BBSTEM– aims to inspire the young Black British generation to pursue STEM subjects in university and beyond.
STEMM Disability Advisory Committee- Providing support across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine
for disabled workers, current and aspiring disabled students and their teachers.
WISE– enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in engineering, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat.