Take a look at six less well-known job roles you could choose from in the big, wide world of engineering.
Aerospace engineering and aeronautical engineering involve the research, design, development and testing of aircraft, missiles, weapons systems, satellites and space vehicles as well as components and related instruments. Aerospace and aeronautical engineers also consider things such as the performance, safety and efficiency of aircraft, satellites, weapons etc.
An aerospace engineer can work in research and development or production and maintenance and there are several areas an aerospace engineer can specialise in, such as propulsion, aerodynamics or avionics, which involves developing navigation or communications systems.
Job prospects – Good. There is a skills shortage in the UK aerospace engineering industry.
Starting salary £20 – 26,000 pa
A nuclear engineer works in the field of producing energy for business and domestic use. A nuclear engineer designs and builds plants and equipment, such as reactor cores as well as working on decommissioning. A nuclear engineer monitors radiation levels as well as safety and legislation compliance.
A nuclear engineer might also use their knowledge and skills to see how nuclear technology can be applied to medicine or defence and weapons systems.
Job prospects – Good. Developments in nuclear power generation is driving demand the nuclear engineering sector.
Starting salary £20 – 25,000 pa
Acoustics engineering is all about sound and vibrations. An acoustic engineer can work in a variety of fields including construction, product design, medical equipment design, broadcasting and sound recording, and underwater research and technology.
An acoustic engineer researches and works on the design and development of all sorts of things, from washing machines and cars to buildings such as music venues and concert halls.
An acoustic engineer are concerned with the sound quality and noise levels of these products and structures.
Job prospects – Good. Partly because an acoustic engineer can work on so many different projects.
Starting salary £18 – 25,000 pa
Also called a clinical engineer, a biomedical engineer can work in hospitals, research facilities or for medical equipment manufacturers. A biomedical engineer applies engineering principles to healthcare and researches, designs and develops medical products.
A biomedical engineer might be involved in the development of joint replacements, artificial limbs, robotic medical equipment or in developing other kinds of assistive technology.
Job prospects – Good. Job openings in biomedical engineering are driven by technological advancement.
Starting salary £25,000 pa, on average for a trainee clinical engineer.
A food engineer works with food products, developing new technology to process, preserve, package and improve food products. A food engineer might research design techniques for food processing and packaging, research methods of food preservation and food safety, create new foods as well as dealing with food supply chains and the marketing of food products.
A food engineer is often employed by food manufacturers, working alongside experts from the agricultural and food processing industries to improve food value, nutrition and supply.
A food engineer can also work in food packaging, hygiene and transportation and be involved in studying how fluids behave in the production of food and drink.
Job prospects – Good. It’s the UK’s largest manufacturing centre.
Starting salary £20,000 pa
List of engineering careers
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- Heating and Ventilation
- Refrigeration and air conditioning
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