For the longest time, it has been assumed that Engineering is a subject and career path solely for men; this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many Engineering firms are now actively dedicated to recruiting more female engineers, and there is even an official institute for Women in Engineering who celebrate International Women in Engineering Day each year on the 23rd June.
If you ask around many people will tell you that to get onto an Engineering study programme you need to have been the top of your class with the best grades. Although having good grades won’t hurt your chances, there are now more accessible ways of getting onto an Engineering course if you maybe haven’t got the required grades.
For example, at The Sheffield College, we have a Level 1 Engineering course which will introduce you to the basics of Engineering with the aim of progressing you to a Level 2 programme or an Apprenticeship. It's the perfect starting point for a career in Engineering.
Engineering is reliant on creative people! Whilst you study and throughout your career, you will be expected to produce new ideas and solutions. Depending on your specialism you may spend a lot of time producing engineering drawings or working on computer-aided design software (CAD).
A lot of people associate Engineering with complicated symbols and a lot of maths! Although there are elements of this throughout the subject, you will also have the opportunity to study a variety of key engineering principles, including how to produce engineering drawings, computer-aided design (CAD) and materials used within the engineering industry. By the time you finish studying you will have developed a wide variety of different skills.
The engineering sector is a huge employer, both regionally and nationally, so you should be well placed to find a job once you finish studying. There are set to be an increase of 300 jobs by 2020 in the Sheffield City Region alone, with almost 16,000 job openings each year. Plus, with starting wages at around £10.50 per hour, career prospects in the engineering sector are pretty strong!
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