Jobs in Mechanical Engineering – Resource Guide
This guide aims to provide the resources to carry out a thorough investigation of mechanical engineering as a career, whether entering the field following completion of a degree, apprenticeship, or other relevant qualification or to progress a current position in the field.
Mechanical Engineering Graduate and Apprenticeship Entry Routes
Apprenticeships are a popular way to pursue a mechanical engineering career, and these are available to those under 24 years old. While, like other engineering career routes, an Engineering Council accredited Master of Engineering (MEng), or an accredited Bachelor of Engineering (BEng (Hons)) or Bachelor Degree (BEng) is the graduate route to becoming a mechanical engineer.
Jobs in mechanical engineering
There are certain professional bodies listed below which can help those seeking a career in mechanical engineering find the right training program for them.
Becoming a registered mechanical engineer is a recognised and important milestone in this process. Information on bodies that are licensed by the Engineering Council to award the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence certificates is also included.
Mechanical engineering Resources
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
This institution provides and shares knowledge and news on the mechanical engineering field between professionals, universities and individuals.
The website contains information on career progression, training courses, and volunteering opportunities and how to become professionally registered.
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
The CIBSE provides advice on developing a career in mechanical engineering and the courses and entry routes available. They also provide a global network for professionals in the field to share knowledge, news and opportunities.
The Institution of Engineering Technology (IET)
Specific information on mechanical engineering career paths can be found through this resource. The IET also provides detailed information on apprenticeships – how and where to apply and the typical career route available following this.
Semta – Mechanical Engineering
The Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (Semta) aims to build the engineering sector by working with employers, course providers and providing news and information to those in and considering an engineering career.
They have specific information regarding mechanical engineering including key facts about the industry, what funding is available to those thinking of training and developing their skills in this sector, and information about apprenticeships and the benefits of them.
Skills Funding Agency
Previously the Learning and Skills Council, the Skills Funding Agency helps adults considering a career in mechanical engineering, or those already in the field, search for vacancies, and relevant courses to help with career progression.
Another information resource, Next Step, provides information to those seeking advice on a career change and which steps to take, which is also available via the site.
Young People’s Learning Agency
A sister site to the Skills Funding Agency, which provides information primarily for young people on careers, including mechanical engineering and apprenticeships.