Engineering and Manufacturing

Engineering and maintenance is one of the UK's broadest sectors. Almost 5.7 million people work in engineering in the UK - could one of them be you?

Dorset is a well-established and thriving engineering and manufacturing hub with growth in aerospace, defence, composite and marine technologies. There is high demand for talent within these exciting sectors, which could see you working anywhere from buildings in your local community to defence and aerospace engineering. New technologies such as 3D printing and plastic electronics are changing the shape of production and future employment growth is expected in areas of advanced manufacturing and specialism areas, such as defence, aerospace and other technology-intensive industries. Among the many companies that actively recruit locally are HOLT engineering, BAE Systems, Ultra Electronics, AISH Technologies, Curtiss Wright and Copello.
Engineering can take a variety of forms – civil, military, or mechanical but the term ‘engineering industry’ is normally used in a more limited sense to describe the industry devoted to the manufacture of engines, machine-tools, and machinery. Design engineering can be an exciting and rewarding career as at the end of the process you will have a finished product. Engineers may use CAD and 3D printers to design. Maintenance engineers could work on the front line of a factory diagnosing breakdown problems, ordering parts and fixing machines. Maintenance engineers work in all fields of engineering.
With around 2,000 businesses operating in the sector in Dorset, engineering and manufacturing is one of the key growth sectors locally, employing around 27,000 people (8% of all employed). The sector has grown by 27% over the past decade, contributing £1.7 billion and representing over 9% of the overall Dorset economy.

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What you'll need

You’ll need design skills and knowledge, thinking and reasoning skills, problem-solving skills, to be thorough and pay attention to detail and analytical thinking skills.

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Red – Formal qualifications required – GCSEs Grades 4-9, Level 3 Qualifications, A levels or Degree

Amber – Some formal qualifications may be required at Level 2 depending on the employer this will vary depending on the organisation and position

Green – No formal qualification required