A country’s engineering sector is central to ensuring its economic growth and the UK is no exception. The country’s engineering sector generates revenues of over £1 trillion each year and employs more than five million people across different industries and enterprises. It plays a leading role in tackling challenges such as climate change, food, energy, or water security as well as challenges encountered in biodiversity and the health sector.
The engineering sector in the UK is growing at a remarkable pace and offers a diverse range of employment opportunities for electrical, chemical, mechanical, civil and computer engineers, just to mention a few. The sector covers a wide variety of industries ranging from the automotive and aerospace industries to the information and communication industries plus the energy and medical industries. All these industries are experiencing varying degrees of growth, both within the country and globally.
In order to keep up with global competition and to guide the country’s economy away from banking and towards manufacturing, the UK’s engineers are expected to come up with and take advantage of emerging technology and innovations.
Traditional engineering industries such as metalworking, car manufacturing and other process sectors have long served as important areas for the economy. Nowadays however, the future of engineering lies in developing more high-value products using the latest technology. Companies involved in the various engineering industries have already incorporated these new methods into their daily operations.
Competing with the world
Focusing on specific emerging industries gives a better idea of how the UK’s engineering sector is performing compared to the rest of the world.
The aerospace industry in the UK is one of the most robust in the world. It makes use of advanced aerospace technologies and electronics to give important information on the earth’s climate (and the ways and reasons for its changes) as well as being an avenue for exploration and scientific discoveries. Air transportation is also a part of this sector with companies such as Boeing and Airbus leading the way. Part of this industry’s success lies in hiring the most qualified people to run its operations. For instance, the announcement “Sir Nigel Rudd joins Meggitt board” was recently made. Coming from BBA Aviation, Mr Rudd’s experience in the aerospace industry is expected to be put to good use in his new position.
The automotive industry is another vibrant part of the engineering sector in the UK. Backed by engineering expertise, this industry is leading the rest of the world in the development of energy-efficient, low-carbon vehicles along with electric cars. Biomedical engineering in the country has also grown in recent years allowing it to carve a niche in the development of assistive technology and other medical devices. Furthermore, the UK is a force to be reckoned with in the renewable energy sector, with companies such as Scottish Power and Vestas creating opportunities for engineers and technicians.
It is clear that the UK’s engineering sector shows no sign of slowing down soon. Fuelled by government investment coupled with the latest innovations, new technologies, market demand and skilled labour, this sector will continue to be a key pillar of the economy for years to come.