Make sure every part of the system functions as it should

The world is alive with technology. Washing machines, televisions, computers, central heating boilers, cars, trains, aircraft—the list of devices and systems that we use and enjoy on a daily basis is almost limitless. Each and every piece of technology requires a legion of skilled people making sure their part of the system functions as it should—from the plumber mending a broken pipe to the team of electricians wiring up an office block to an engineer servicing a broken escalator. Engineering and electrical has it all.

The apprenticeships available in this sector cover a range of industries and professions, many of them specialist in nature to suit the particular demands of certain roles. Aerospace software engineers develop, modify and upgrade the systems that control aircraft, while composites technicians combine materials to form a lighter and stronger rigid structure as an alternative to metal. The electronic product service and installation engineer will install and service a range of domestic and commercial equipment, from washing machines and microwaves in the kitchen, laundrette or restaurant, to television and audio equipment in the living room.

Leisure and entertainment engineering technicians maintain attractions and rides ranging from hydraulic powered roller coasters to small merry-go-rounds, while ordnance munitions and explosives professionals work with ‘energetic’ hazardous materials such as explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics.

There’s also a demand for non-destructive testing engineers, wireless communications riggers and much. There are many careers on offer in this sector.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head