Engineering Apprenticeships: Everything you need to know.
An engineering apprenticeship offers you a hands-on route into the world of engineering. As an apprentice engineer, you can work on real projects from day one, while you gain money, experience and qualifications.
Apprenticeships cover a diverse range of sectors, and many engineering apprentices work their way up towards a degree (or equivalent) qualification and attain chartered engineer status.
There are lots of different pathways when it comes to engineering, and every sector has its pros and cons. Here’s a quick look at a few of the most popular routes into the world of engineering.
Types of engineering apprenticeships.
Aerospace engineers work on problems involving both aircraft and spacecraft. An Aerospace engineer might be tasked with a number of aircraft-related problems, from the design of a wing to the power of a thruster.
Aerospace engineering includes two branches, aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering (e.g. rocket science!).
Automotive engineers design and develop vehicles, be that passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles or even off-road dune-buggies.
An apprentice automotive engineer might be tasked with modifying or improving a part of an existing vehicle or even designing a new product. Some automotive engineers work in the world of motorsports racing.
The broadcast engineer works across TV, radio and multimedia to ensure that broadcasts look and sound great. A master of specialist AV equipment, broadcast engineering is a multifaceted role that requires high standards and tight deadlines.
an apprenticeship in broadcast engineering offers the chance to get involved with media industries but from a more technical perspective.
Civil engineering is a hugely varied discipline. Civil engineers operate across infrastructure and construction, working on buildings, roads, bridges and transport systems (and much more). Their main concern is the structural engineering of a project.
Civil engineering apprenticeships offer the chance to work on a lot of interesting and varied projects.
Electrical engineers design electrical systems to meet specific requirements. Electrical engineering is required across a number of sectors, from building services to transportation and manufacturing.
Electrical engineers ensure that the right products and systems are put into place for safety, quality, and low-cost for end users. An electrical engineering apprentice can expect to spend time calculating and planning intricate electrical systems.
Energy engineering is concerned with energy systems, be that the production of energy through natural resources (oil and gas engineering), or green energy production through wind, solar, biofuels and hydro-power.
Energy engineers help to make existing systems more efficient so that more energy can be created for less. They also ensure that everything is safe and sustainable as possible.
Marine engineers focus on the ocean and water propulsion, designing ships, oil rigs and submarines.
Marine engineering helps to apply both existing and new engineering systems to the difficult conditions experienced on and under the water. Apprentice marine engineers will have to get to grips with how fluid dynamics can vastly impact engineering systems.
Mechanical engineering is all about mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers work across a vast number of sectors, anywhere mechanical parts are in use, from transport to construction, aerospace to marine, mechanical spans many other engineering disciplines.
Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest of engineering disciplines, so a mechanical engineering apprentice can expect to find many existing systems that need improving and maintaining.
Telecommunications engineers are responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of telecommunications systems. Historically this referred to systems for telephone communications, but now includes digital communications and infrastructure for digital networks. They are tasked with allowing data transmission.
Telecommunications also includes the engineering required to establish wireless networks.
What are the entry requirements for engineering apprenticeships?
Many engineering apprenticeships are intermediate level (level 2), meaning they are primarily aimed at school leavers and those taking A-levels. Higher apprenticeships (level 4+) are available in engineering, however, the exact entry requirements will vary depending on the scheme, but engineering favours skills in maths, science, electronics, or IT, with a general aptitude towards problem-solving. As well as technical ability, engineers require good communication skills, as well as the ability to work well in a team.
A good personality fit for the engineering industry would be someone who is curious and interested in how things work, someone who is willing to think outside the box and wants to improve the world around them.
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