Employability

Career opportunities in the Engineering sector include: general engineering, Design Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Consultancy Engineer, Maintenance/Service Engineer, Project Engineer, Motor Vehicle Technician and areas of research and development.

The engineering industry has a strong presence (and history) in Yorkshire bringing in around £5 billion a year and employing 170,000 people. A diverse range of engineering opportunities is on offer within the region. South Yorkshire, for example, contains some of the most advanced engineering companies in the world, making items ranging from swing bridges to ice skates, hip joints to Formula 1 engines. An incredible 60% of the UK's passenger planes use parts made in companies across Yorkshire.

There were 155,000 employees in the motor vehicle manufacturing industry in Great Britain in 2015. In recent years, employment in the sector has been growing. Since 2010 employment has grown by 23% from 126,000 to 155,000.

The vast majority (87 per cent) of automotive manufacturers plan to create new jobs over the next two years. If their plans are replicated across the UK’s automotive manufacturing firms, it would create almost 85,000 new jobs – a figure that remains unchanged year-on-year.

Earning potential

 Occupation Average salaries per annum

Engineering operatives use hand and machine tools to carry out jobs in many industries.

£14,000 to £25,000

Engineering maintenance technicians service and repair electrical and mechanical equipment used in industries like manufacturing, production and transport.

£18,000 to £40,000

Electrical engineers design, build and maintain electrical systems, machinery and equipment.

£21,000 to £45,000

Electronics engineers design and develop systems for industry, from mobile communications to manufacturing and aerospace.

£21,000 to £65,000

Mechanical engineers develop and design the components and machinery used in manufacturing, construction, water, power, health and transport.

£22,000 to £55,000

Civil engineers design and manage construction projects, from bridges and buildings to transport links and sports stadiums.

£24,000 to £80,000

Motor mechanics (light vehicle service technician, car mechanics) repair and service cars and vans. 

£18,000 to £35,000