Exciting careers in advanced manufacturing and engineering
Think 'high tech' when you hear 'advanced manufacturing', a field that makes use of cutting edge materials and innovative technologies to improve products and processes. Engineers are problem solvers and combine science and maths to find solutions. Many everyday items like kettles and toasters as well as high tech items such as mobile phones, cars, trains and space craft are designed and made by engineers. Where would we be without engineers?
Working in STEM careers is all about making things better, faster, greener and safer. There are many exciting professions with opportunities for young people to get involved in new technologies, processes and materials in a variety of locations including offices, laboratories and outdoors on large sites.
High salaries for highly qualified engineers
Every year, the UK produces fewer engineers than it needs. This shortage means higher than average starting salaries for highly skilled engineers. Graduates in engineering and technology have the second highest starting salary at £27,079. Only medicine and dentistry has a higher starting salary. In comparison, the average starting salary for all graduates was £22,205. The UK average salary for all those in employment was £27,271. This means that graduates in engineering and technology start with a salary that is almost the same as the UK national average salary.
Young women in engineering
Women are underrepresented in STEM jobs, making up only one sixth of the engineering workforce in the UK and only 7% of professional engineers. The UK has the lowest proportion of female engineering professionals in Europe.
Local employers in the engineering sector want to see young talent succeed in the workplace. In particular, they want to see young women in engineering in well paid roles that have the skills to support the growth of their companies and to create a balanced workforce based on age and gender.
At the UTC, we believe that our specialism of advanced manufacturing and engineering provides a good route for a variety of rewarding career options for both young men and women. Engineering is an immensely high tech career using sophisticated electronics and mechanics. It's a career that's about communication, creative thinking and problem solving as well as project management and marketing.