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​The engineering industry

Engineering recruitment is extremely varied in terms of roles and industries. Indeed, our specialist recruiters cover over 20 different industry types, including aerospace, automotive, chemical engineering, construction, consultancy, defence and marine, facilities, FMCG, IT, manufacturing & packaging, nuclear, oil & gas, rail, telecoms, warehousing and utilities to name a few.

Engineering, according to 2015 to 2016 statistics, is one of the main contributors to the UK’s economy. In fact, engineering enterprises registered for VAT and/or PAYE in the UK generated 23.2% (£1.23 trillion) of the UK’s £5.3 trillion total turnover from all registered enterprises. As a result of the industry’s prosperity, just under one in five (18.9%) people in the UK workforce are employed by an engineering enterprise.

Such a significant industry demands a five-star recruitment service that delivers people and jobs, efficiently and accurately. This is where our specialist consultants come into their own. Through combined experience and numerous industry contacts, our teams are able to match the right person to the right role and vice versa – a service that is much needed in such a driven sector.

​Careers in engineering

The word Engineering encompasses a broad range of roles and industries. The list below are some of the roles that we work regularly at Select Engineering. These are roles that come up in almost all industries that we work with. Of course, the experience and skills required will differ per industry, so if you have a specific set of skills or experience, please get in touch with one of our specialist recruiters today to find out more.

Design engineering

Design Engineering is an integral role especially in production businesses. The design engineer’s role is to research and develop new products and to improve existing processes to ensure maximum efficiency.

Mechanical / electrical engineers

Although different disciplines, electrical and mechanical engineering go hand-in-hand during the design, construction and operation of machines and structures. This is why many university and college courses combine mechanical and electrical engineering into one.

Project engineering

Project engineers have to have a broad understanding of many disciplines, as they are responsible for the planning, resourcing and budget aligned with any technical work required by a particular project.

Maintenance engineering

Maintenance Engineers keep instruments, machinery and systems up and running. Performing checks, repairs and servicing all equipment on a site to ensure it continues to run reliably and efficiently. Depending on the industry, different skills and experience are required to perform this role effectively.

CNC & manual machining

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control.  This is the process by which a computer converts a design created by Computer Aided Design software (CAD) into numbers. It is the method behind automating control of machining tools like drills, boring tools and lathes. The numbers outputted by the computer control the movements of the equipment.

QHSE representatives

Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) officers and managers ensure that a business adheres to the ISO and OHSAS standards set for that specific industry.

Production / manufacturing engineering

Also known as a manufacturing engineer, a production engineer role combines aspects of both design and maintenance engineer roles. It is the production engineer’s responsibility to plan, co-ordinate and manage production processes on a daily basis to produce high-quality products. They maintain and develop new methods and equipment enhancements to maximise efficiency and quality.


Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) work together to ensure that the end product of the manufacturing process meets quality standards. QA is process oriented – ensuring you are doing all the right processes with the right method to achieve your desired outcome. Whilst QC is checking the final product to ensure that the results of the QA process are as desired.

Both quality assurance and quality control use the practice of Metrology. Metrology is the science of measurement that is used worldwide to ensure that we can confidently compare results of measurements taken anywhere around the globe. Technical roles in the QA/QC field are crucial to ensure quality and safety procedures are maintained.

At Select Appointments, we recruit for all of the above roles and more, so if this page has built on your interest, please do get in touch with us today or send us your CV to find out how we can help you.

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