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What are the 6 Different Types of Engineering Jobs?


Engineering is a career field that garners a great deal of interest thanks to its wide variety of roles and the different types of industries it impacts. Far from just describing one job, though, engineering is a broad term for a wide array of positions.

There are many roles within the ‘engineering recruitment’ umbrella and each requires different skills and experience. To determine suitable roles, applicants must first which would best suit their skills. To narrow things down, we’re going to look at six of the top contenders here.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is probably the most recognised career in this industry. Individuals in this field oversee the design of infrastructures, including bridges, buildings, and more. Requirements for this role include technical skills, analytical thinking, and creativity. Some understanding of architecture is also beneficial, though most civil engineers will work alongside experienced architects.

Aerospace engineering

From keeping your feet firmly on the ground to...well, not; next up, we have aerospace engineering. Founded by iconic names like Wilbur Wright, aerospace engineers deal with the engineering of airplanes. Given the utmost importance of safety in this position, an in-depth understanding of flight safety is perhaps the most vital skill, though communication and attention to detail are also key. Click here to search for Aerospace Engineering jobs.

Mechanical engineering

Back on the ground, you might want to try your hand at mechanical engineering. As it sounds, this position involves the making and maintenance of machines, including anything from heating systems, manufacturing car engines to advanced robotics. The cutting-edge nature of this role means that commercial understanding is a must, as is a firm grasp of the latest technology. Click here to search for Mechanical Engineering Manager jobs.

Electrical engineering

Individuals within the electrical engineering field can choose to either specialise in wide-scale electrical circuitry or a little something called ‘microelectronics.’ The skill sets necessary here aren’t all that different from mechanical engineering, though attention to detail is vital, especially in the case of microelectronics. The ability to work under pressure is also a must in this field, with many projects involving time-sensitive requests and essential engineering work.

Chemical engineering

For those not afraid to step totally out of the engineering comfort zone, chemical engineering could be a viable option. With subcategories, including food processing, pharmaceuticals and more, jobs like these incorporate various aspects of engineering. Instead of focusing on physical structures, however, chemical engineers deal with microbiology. As such, some scientific knowledge along with the right qualifications is a definite benefit here, as is the ability to approach work with an analytical mind at all times.

Manufacturing engineering

Typically, engineering in this sector can include a wide variety of roles including research, production, quality assurance, design and development. In recent years, there has a boom in automotive and high tech manufacturing in the UK and other countries. More recent trends point towards big investments being made in the manufacture of green energy products including electric vehicles meaning the future is bright for those seeking to climb up the career ladder or train as engineers in this sector. Click here to visit our Manufacturing Recruitment page

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