What qualifications do I need to be an Engineer?

Engineering is really cool as you build, make or fix things that make life easier for people. There are lots of different types of engineer;
• civil engineers - who build buildings, roads and structures
• electrical or electronic engineers - who deal with electrical projects
• mechanical engineers who deal with how thing work
• and many more specialisms eg. sound, light or flight engineers

To be an engineer you need to be clever and you will need to study maths and sciences.

Pros
• Job satisfaction as you are creating something useful and potentially benefiting society
• A variety of opportunities and challenges
• Good training
• Creative yet locical
• Well respected

Cons
• Pressure to complete projects on time and to specification
• Not office based, so often you may be working long hours, in uncomfortable surroundings eg. building sites in winter

GCSEs required
You will need a good selection of GCSEs including maths and some science subjects.

A-levels required
Again this will depend on the course and type of engineering you want to do, but generally at least two good A-levels are required including maths and science, preferably physics.

Degree or further educational requirement
You will need a degree in engineering from university.

Professional Body
The Engineering Council www.engc.org.uk
The Chartered Institute of Building www.ciob.org.uk
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveryors www.rics.org

How long will it take to get qualified?
About 3 or 4 years of study at university.

There are an estimated 80,000 engineers in the UK

Typical salary £30,000 to £40,000

Useful websites
The Engineer Magazine www.theengineer.co.uk
The Engineering Council www.engc.org.uk