Here at Dawson Shanahan we know a thing or two about developing rewarding and enjoyable engineering careers. And whether you’re in high school, at college or at university, we’re reaching that time in the academic year when you should be giving some thought towards what your next step will be. Although you may not have to make a decision for a couple of months, preparing now can pay dividends later, especially in engineering.
So, what are the options? Well, there’s actually quite a few when it comes to pursuing a career in the world of engineering.
If you’re in high school and aren’t interested in university but think engineering is for you, an apprenticeship might just be ideal. You can earn while you learn, develop all the skills you need to be an engineer and gain valuable experience in a real engineering environment.
For those that are reaching the end of their apprentice training programme and are considering the types of roles out there for them, there are a few. Around one in three people who work in engineering are operators, responsible for the day to day operation of machines and systems to produce components.
Another option to explore is the role of Engineering Technician, which is suited to the skills and experience of engineering graduates. In this role you’d be responsible for drawing up plans for new ideas, investigating and testing designs and making parts. Engineering technicians have a wider variety of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities than operators and the role is ideal for those interested in becoming part of a senior management team, since it commonly leads to a position such as Project Manager.
Then there is the position of Incorporated Engineer to consider. Here, you would maintain and manage applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design, development, manufacture, construction and operation.
These are just a few examples of the early year career options out there. No matter your background or entry point into the industry, the pathways mentioned above can lead to an enjoyable and rewarding career and to Chartered Engineer status. But the sooner you find the right pathway for you, the sooner you can get there and maximise your experience and opportunities in engineering.
We offer a number of apprentice, industrial placement and graduate training opportunities. Read about them here and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think we can help you in your engineering journey.