Solve real-world problems to make sure every part of the system functions as it should

As an engineer, you need to be a creative thinker, a problem solver, a communicator and a team player, constantly changing the world with solutions to improve people’s lives. The world is alive with technology—from washing machines, televisions, computers and central heating boilers, to cars, trains and 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. Engineering and electrical has it all.

The apprenticeships available in this sector cover a range of industries and professions, many of them are specialist in nature to suit the particular demands of certain roles.

Aerospace software development 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, to television and audio equipment.

Engineering operatives carry out a range of operations, ensuring machines and equipment are maintained and serviceable, 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 more.

There is an engineering route for everyone, just consider the type of problems you are interested in solving and take a look at the apprenticeships featured in this sector.

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Aerospace engineer

Develop and create aircraft components and equipment As an aerospace engineer apprentice, you’ll learn how to comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements, and use and interpret engineering data

Aerospace software development engineer

Develop software to support the aerospace industry Aerospace software engineering is highly technical, requiring an apprentice to develop, modify and upgrade the systems that control aircraft. A demonstrable coding ability

Aircraft certifying technician

Maintain and certify a range of civil and military aircraft As an aircraft certifying technician apprentice, you’ll develop a comprehensive knowledge of aircraft systems and carry out approved maintenance processes

Asset manager

Manage a company’s physical assets Physical assets are defined as an item, thing or entity that has value to a business or service, such as buildings, bridges, digital hardware, rail

Automatic door installer and service engineer

Prepare and safely carry out work activities in door automation In this role, you’ll learn to work on a range of powered doors, such as sliding, swing, folding, balanced and

Automation and controls engineering technician

Install and maintain hardware and software for automation systems The automation and controls engineering technician role is found across the automotive, food and drink, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and construction

Aviation maintenance mechanic

Carry out maintenance and ground handling of a range of military and civil aircraft An aviation maintenance mechanic carries out maintenance and ground handling of a range of military and

Composites technician

Combine lighter and stronger alternatives to metals Composites manufacture is the combining of materials to form a lighter and stronger rigid structure as an alternative to metal. As a composites

Compressed air and vacuum technician

Install and commission equipment and their associated systems The continuous supply of compressed air is vital to all manufacturing processes and the latest systems and equipment are innovative-engineered products, which

Construction equipment maintenance mechanic

Service, maintain and repair equipment used in the construction and allied industries This occupation provides a vital support service to the country’s infrastructure projects, such as power generation, roads, rails

Control technical support engineer

Ensure that manufacturing runs smoothly in areas such as site maintenance As a control technical support engineer, you’ll work closely with other production roles in a fast-paced and cost-conscious manufacturing

Electro-mechanical engineer

Solve real-world problems using a combination of mechanical and electrical engineering Found in many engineering sectors involving design, manufacture and research and development, you could find yourself working in areas

Electronic product service and installation engineer

Install and service a range of domestic and commercial equipment You’ll learn to install and service a range of domestic and commercial equipment. Furthermore, the ‘smart home’ is providing wireless

Electronic systems principal engineer

Lead on electronic systems projects An electronic systems principal engineer leads on electronic systems projects—undertaken in consumer electronics, automotive, defence, healthcare, communications, robotics and manufacturing—from conception through the whole design-implement-operation

Embedded electronic systems design and development engineer

Design and develop electronic circuits, devices and systems for a range of industries Embedded electronic systems design and development engineers design and develop the electronics within a range of devices,

Engineer

Develop innovative solutions to complex technical engineering problems This engineering degree apprenticeship is designed to arm you with the skills and specialist knowledge that you’ll need to excel as an

Engineer surveyor

Undertake independent engineering inspections of a wide variety of equipment Usually employed by inspection companies, you’ll be responsible for the inspection of millions of items of equipment every year, from

Engineering construction pipefitter

Install, fabricate, maintain and decommission piping systems within engineering construction The pipefitter is a vital engineering construction role. As an apprentice, you may work on major infrastructure projects, such as

Engineering design and draughtsperson

Produce engineering designs and drawings for components, structures and systems used in industrial and commercial construction In this role, you’ll be able to work in a wide range of industries

Engineering fitter

Produce complex high-value, low-volume components and assemblies An engineering fitter produces complex high-value, low-volume components and assemblies in full or in part, such as turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs

Engineering manufacturing technician

Provide specialist technical support for engineers This role is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as

Engineering operative

Carry out a range of engineering operations such as ensuring machines and equipment are maintained and serviceable An engineering operative carries out a range of engineering operations that could include

Healthcare engineering specialist technician

Ensure patient safety and service continuity for specialist medical devices or healthcare settings Working in the healthcare sector, this apprenticeship has two options to focus on, either healthcare medical devices

Heritage engineering technician

Preserve and restore historic vehicles and machinery The range of heritage sectors you could work in includes veteran, vintage, and classic; agricultural and engineering, aviation, bus and coach, commercial vehicle,

Lift and escalator electromechanic

Install, maintain, repair and modernise lifts and escalators Lift and escalator electromechanics carry out the installation, maintenance, repair and modernisation of lifts and escalators, depending on their chosen specialism. Whatever

Lift truck and powered access engineering technician

Service, repair and maintain lift trucks and powered access vehicles As a lift truck and powered access engineering technician you’ll be responsible for inspecting and maintaining vehicles and equipment, as

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment The maintenance and operations engineering technician apprenticeship covers seven roles: electrical, mechanical, control and instrumentation, wind turbine, electrical system

Marine electrician

Conduct a wide range of marine engineering work Marine electricians work on a variety of boats for sectors such as boat manufacturers, refit and repair boatyards, marinas and specialist marine

Material cutter

Cut material by hand or machine using templates or measurements and then prepare components for assembly Working in the production of fashion and textiles using fabrics such as canvas, cotton,

Non-destructive testing engineer

Responsible for the oversight of all non-destructive testing operations A non-destructive testing engineer is responsible for the oversight of all non-destructive testing operations, including the preparation of work plans and

Non-destructive testing engineering technician

Use specialist methods to detect cracks and other imperfections in manufactured components Non-destructive testing is an engineering science-based profession that will require you, as a technician, to inspect materials, welds,

Non-destructive testing operator

Inspect components, materials, welds and other items Non-destructive testing is an engineering science-based profession that requires competent operators to inspect materials, welds, components or other items to verify their integrity

Nuclear reactor desk engineer

Operate, monitor and control the nuclear reactor and its equipment in normal and abnormal conditions Reactor desk engineers are based within the main control room of a nuclear power station

Ordnance munitions and explosives specialist

Provide specialist expertise, advice and direction towards delivering complex scientific and technical solutions A fully competent ordnance munitions and explosives specialist can work in a wide range of organisations, including

Ordnance, munitions and explosives professional

Analyse, interpret and evaluate technical information, concepts and ideas to propose solutions to problems A career as an ordnance munitions and explosives professional is challenging, stimulating and dynamic. You’ll learn

Ordnance, munitions and explosives technician

Prepare, test and evaluate explosives and explosive devices An ordnance, munitions and explosives technician is involved in the design and operation of ordnance, munitions and explosives by preparing explosives and

Pipe welder

Weld tubes and pipes to high standards of quality A pipe welder manually welds tubes and pipes to high standards of quality and integrity using manual arc welding processes. As

Plate welder

Weld plate and structural components to high standards of quality A plate welder manually welds plate and structural components to high standards of quality. This work involves fabrication, construction or

Power and propulsion gas turbine engineer

Design, develop, operate and maintain gas turbine systems Working in the energy and power, aerospace and defence industries, you’ll apply specialist skills in mechanical or aircraft propulsion engineering as you

Propulsion technician

Support the testing or building of propulsion systems such as internal combustion engines A propulsion technician supports the testing or building of propulsion systems such as internal combustion engines, hybrid

Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump engineering technician

Plan, prepare and safely carry out work in process, product and space cooling A refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump engineering technician plans, prepares and safely carries out work in

Risk and safety management professional

Identify hazards, analyse the associated risk and propose ways of treating it In highly regulated industries where the impact of loss is high, a risk and safety management professional works

Senior non-destructive testing engineer

Test materials used in machinery and structures to find faults and imperfections On the senior non-destructive testing engineer apprenticeship, you’ll train to be one of the most senior non-destructive testing

Signage technician

Design, manufacture, fabricate and install signage Working within small and medium enterprise businesses, you’ll supply signage products and services to a wide range of customers. The signs could be made

Space engineering technician

Support the development, manufacturing, assembly and testing of high value space equipment Working in the space manufacturing sector, you’ll be involved in the design and production of satellites, along with

Stairlift, lifting platform and service lift electromechanic

Install or maintain and repair stairlifts, lifting platforms or service lifts A stairlift is a mechanism used for transporting less able persons up and down stairways. A lifting platform is

Systems engineer

Solve some of the most complex engineering challenges Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering and engineering management that focuses on how to design and manage complex systems over

Telecoms field operative

Work on the copper and fibre connections to 4G and 5G services, homes and businesses, from local telephone exchanges This role is integral to building, providing or repairing telecom services

Through-life engineering services specialist

Ensure a safe, available, reliable and affordable long-term asset operation A through-life engineering services specialist keeps engineered assets working better, for longer. In this role, you’ll engage in asset design

Tool process design engineer

Design unique tooling process pathways This role is found in the advanced manufacturing sheet metal/presswork supply chain of automotive and aerospace. You’ll be responsible for designing a unique economically viable