For a career in Engineering, specialist centres are offered at many of our campuses with industry-standard facilities for students wishing to pursue courses in a range of fields.

North West Wales urgently needs many more engineers to fill a wide range of exciting, well-paid jobs, as a result of major developments in the local area. Our colleges are working with local, national and international companies to enable young people to get the high quality skills and qualifications they need.

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Top career opportunities

Engineering professionals

Average salary: £37,523
Experienced salary: £57,325

Engineering technicians

Average salary: £29,598
Experienced salary: £44,678

Science, engineering and production technicians

Average salary: £25,397
Experienced salary: £38,730

Top jobs in sector

  • Production managers and directors in manufacturing
    What does this career do?

    Production managers and directors in manufacturing plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources necessary for production in manufacturing industries including the maintenance of engineering items, equipment and machinery.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £42,557 per year. That is about £3,546 per month, or £20 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,824 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £99,341 per year.

  • Production managers and directors in construction
    What does this career do?

    Production managers and directors in construction direct and co-ordinate resources for the construction and maintenance of civil and structural engineering works including houses, flats, factories, roads and runways, bridges, tunnels and railway works, harbour, dock and marine works and water supply, drainage and sewage works.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £49,483 per year. That is about £4,123 per month, or £24 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £24,149 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £104,957 per year.

  • Physical scientists
    What does this career do?

    Physical scientists study relationships between matter, energy and other physical phenomena, the nature, composition and structure of the Earth and other planetary bodies and forecast weather conditions and electrical, magnetic, seismic and thermal activity.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £42,016 per year. That is about £3,501 per month, or £20 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £27,019 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £66,373 per year.

  • Civil engineers
    What does this career do?

    Civil engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of civil and mining engineering structures.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £39,458 per year. That is about £3,288 per month, or £19 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £24,731 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £59,259 per year.

  • Electronics engineers
    What does this career do?

    Electronics engineers undertake research and design, direct construction and manage the operation and maintenance of electronic motors, communications systems, microwave systems, and other electronic equipment.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £46,176 per year. That is about £3,848 per month, or £22 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £27,269 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £67,891 per year.

  • Design and development engineers
    What does this career do?

    Design and development engineers conceive engineering designs from product ideas or requirements in mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £43,950 per year. That is about £3,662 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £27,373 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £65,291 per year.

  • Production and process engineers
    What does this career do?

    Production and process engineers advise on and direct technical aspects of production programmes to ensure cost-effectiveness and efficiency. This unit group incorporates: planning and quality control engineers who plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability; and chemical engineers who undertake research on commercial scale chemical processes and processed products, design and provide specifications and direct the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of chemical plants and control systems.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £42,806 per year. That is about £3,567 per month, or £21 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £26,208 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £62,962 per year.

  • Engineering professionals
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group perform a variety of professional engineering functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 212: Engineering Professionals.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £37,523 per year. That is about £3,126 per month, or £18 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £22,526 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £57,325 per year.

  • Construction project managers and related professionals
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group manage and oversee major construction and civil engineering projects and major building contracts for quality of work, safety, timeliness and completion within budget; forecast travel patterns and develop strategies for managing the impact of traffic-related demand.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £36,130 per year. That is about £3,010 per month, or £17 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,694 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £58,760 per year.

  • Quality control and planning engineers
    What does this career do?

    Quality control and planning engineers plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £35,651 per year. That is about £2,970 per month, or £17 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £22,963 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £57,158 per year.

  • Engineering technicians
    What does this career do?

    Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £29,598 per year. That is about £2,466 per month, or £14 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,926 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £44,678 per year.

  • Building and civil engineering technicians
    What does this career do?

    Building and civil engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist civil and building engineers.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,462 per year. That is about £1,955 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,642 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £36,234 per year.

  • Science, engineering and production technicians
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of technical support functions not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 311: Science, Engineering and Production Technicians.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £25,397 per year. That is about £2,116 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,451 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,730 per year.

  • Electricians and electrical fitters
    What does this career do?

    Electricians and electrical fitters assemble parts in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment, and install, maintain, and repair electrical plant, machinery, appliances and wiring.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £31,678 per year. That is about £2,639 per month, or £15 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,821 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £43,243 per year.

  • Steel erectors
    What does this career do?

    Steel erectors fit and erect structural metal framework for buildings and other structures such as metal chimneys.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £27,102 per year. That is about £2,258 per month, or £13 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,970 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,549 per year.

  • Construction and building trades supervisors
    What does this career do?

    Construction and building trades supervisors oversee operations and directly supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in construction and building trades.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £27,955 per year. That is about £2,329 per month, or £13 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £20,488 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,834 per year.

  • Assemblers (vehicles and metal goods)
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group undertake the routine assembly of vehicles and other metal goods or components such as frames, axles, wire brushes and wheels.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £33,072 per year. That is about £2,756 per month, or £16 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £21,466 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £48,381 per year.

  • Elementary construction occupations
    What does this career do?

    Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of general labouring and construction duties to assist building, civil engineering and related trades workers in the performance of their tasks.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £23,733 per year. That is about £1,977 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £18,491 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,216 per year.

  • Elementary process plant occupations
    What does this career do?

    Jobholders in this unit group assist the work of machine operatives and perform a variety of manual tasks in foundries, engineering and allied trades and in other process and plant operations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 913: Elementary Process Plant Occupations.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 1 NVQ; GCSE at grades D-G

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £22,131 per year. That is about £1,844 per month, or £11 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,909 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £33,197 per year.

  • Elementary storage occupations
    What does this career do?

    Workers in this unit group supply berthed ships with water, oil and petroleum, load and unload cargo from ships, boats and barges, convey household and office furniture, goods, equipment or other items in or near warehouses, depots, slaughterhouses, etc., prepare requisitions or despatch documents of stocks held, accompany drivers of road vehicles, and perform other elementary goods handling and storage related tasks.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 1 NVQ; GCSE at grades D-G

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £21,091 per year. That is about £1,757 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £17,389 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £31,762 per year.

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