Part-time engineers are employed across a vast number of industries and in a variety of roles including research, design, development, maintenance, repairs and installations.
Who can I work for?
Engineers are employed in most sectors including aerospace, chemicals and defence, to power generation, telecoms and utilities.
Where and when can I work?
There are various part-time positions across the UK and also opportunities abroad. Many engineering roles, particularly those in construction, are based outside however an engineering role in IT, for example, is likely to be office-based – it really all depends on the sector you work in.
What can I earn?
Again, it varies greatly depending on the sector you are employed in but the earning potential is limitless. Apprentices typically start out on the national minimum wage and engineer with a few years experience can expect to earn anything between £25,000 and £45,000. Top-end salaries, particularly in the oil sector, can go as high as £100,000. It will all be pro-rata depending on the hours you work.
What are the benefits?
Engineering makes a huge difference to other people's lives – be it building a bridge to connect two islands or designing the components for a mechanical heart.
Are there chances of promotion?
Career progression as an engineer is straightforward and there are plenty of opportunities for promotion across all sectors.
What will I be responsible for?
Engineering plays a significant role in society. Engineers invent, design, manufacture and influence practically everything we use.
Do I need any experience?
Many engineers will undertake an apprenticeship and conduct on-the-job training to learn their trade. In technical or scientific roles, a relevant degree is usually required.
What attributes are needed?
You will need solid communication skills, problem-solving abilities and be able to learn and work quickly. You will also need to be flexible, adaptable, enthusiastic and motivated.