Brief Guide to Engineering
The world of engineering is a complex one, but it is most commonly categorised into 5 key fields; Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, and Mechanical.
For each field there exists a whole host of further specialised disciplines including aerospace, nuclear, electrical, environmental, cybersecurity, AI and many, many more. Despite the range of specialisms and huge variance in the type of jobs that are involved, there are a number of common themes in terms of the qualities required of an engineer, which may help to understand the reasons behind the routine steps to becoming one.
Starting from Scratch
If you are retraining later in life, without a degree but do have good GCSE’s or A-Levels in maths, science and possibly IT, you may be able to train on the job. Some firms will even offer engineering degree apprenticeships and many smaller businesses benefit from the apprenticeship route to employing engineers as it allows them to train you in a way that adds maximum benefit to their business.
Obtain a bachelor’s degree
For some, an apprenticeship simply isn’t an option. It usually requires a full time commitment and possibly on a low wage in the early stages. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree, on the other hand, may allow you to train alongside other work commitments as many universities will offer courses to mature students that are part time or run only in the evenings. As well as specialising in one of the key disciplines mentioned above, it is also an option to obtain a more general engineering degree, which can become more specialised in the final year of study. If you’re retraining and need to obtain your degree, make sure you research exactly what it is that the course has to offer and whether this is most suited to your desired career path. Many consider a bachelor’s degree a passport to a career in engineering. Without it, you cannot get in but with it, the possibilities are endless.