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Engineering employers

Cambridge students enter an incredibly diverse range of engineering areas, including automotive, oil and gas, engineering consultancy, defence, aerospace, life sciences, power, energy, manufacturing, civil and structural, software, and data science. A wide range of alternative careers are also open to engineers, for example management consultancy and finance.

Typical employers range from large companies (e.g. Arup, BP, Rolls-Royce) to small and medium sized engineering (e.g. medical devices, software firms, AI startups) to the public sector (e.g. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory).

Graduate training schemes are widely available in the engineering sector, although competition is high. It is important to develop relevant skills and experience both inside and outside of your course.

Donít overlook smaller and medium sized companies; these employ the vast majority of UK engineers. Many Cambridge graduates seek out more niche opportunities such as autonomous vehicles, medical devices, technical consulting and F1.


What skills do I need?

Your technical and numerical abilities are only part of the story. Employers are also looking for evidence of your wider skills: problem solving, leadership, communication, teamwork, project management and commercial awareness. Seek out opportunities both inside and outside of your study to develop these.


What can I do with my degree?

Explore engineering areas starting from your degree specialisation OR by the sector you'd like to work in. Prospects provides an overview of career options using your degree. Note that you don't have to work in an area using your degree specialism - it's possible to move into a different area of engineering.

plane in sky Aerospace engineering

River Cam scene Chemical engineering

Civil engineering Electrical & electronic engineering
Materials science & engineering Mechanical engineering Biomedical engineering Nuclear engineering


Which sectors employ engineers?

Find out how your skills can fit into a wide range of engineering industries, for example mechanical engineers work in practically all of the main engineering sectors. An overview of the main sectors can be found at Target Jobs

Energy Engineering and Manufacturing Civil and Structural Engineering
Aerospace Defence Fast Moving Consumer Goods
Automotive Chemical Engineering Construction

A great place to start ....

Targetjobs: Engineering has comprehensive guide to intern and graduate careers, as well as targeted advice on applications and interviews. You can view it online or call into the Careers Service to pick up your free copy.
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