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Top 5 engineering sectors to be a part of in 2019
According to a recent Glassdoor survey, January is the most popular month for people to consider a career change, with almost one-in-five making the move. We list the top five engineering sectors to be a part of in 2019 – and the skills you need to work in them – if finding a job is one of your New Year’s resolutions.
The development of electric and autonomous vehicles is in full swing, but the number of engineers required to build them are still dwindling. In their 2018 State of Engineering report, EngineeringUK reported a 59,000 annual shortfall of engineering graduates and technicians to fill core engineering roles. Like many other industries, experience working with software programming languages such as C++ and Python is becoming increasingly important within the automotive industry. Richard Cookson, automotive recruitment specialist at Matchtech, explains why:
“2019 will be a big year for the development of autonomous vehicles, with a number of projects pushing the boundaries to get these cars into mainstream production. We have multiple requirements for C++ Software Engineers who will be using C++11 or above to help develop breakthrough code to deliver this technology. Alongside C++ and Python knowledge, artificial intelligence (AI) and AV (Audio-visual) skills are highly-desirable. The UK is now a pioneer in the development of AV technology, so landing a job in this area could see you shape the future!”
The UK is the second largest manufacturer and fourth largest exporter of aircraft and aerospace components in the world, according to EEF. Since 2010, British aerospace has witnessed growth of 39%, and the industry now directly employs more than 128,000 people. Lee Reid, aerospace recruitment specialist at Matchtech, explains why the demand for aircraft fitters and technicians is increasing in 2019:
“Last year it was announced that there was an order book of 13,500 aircraft and aircraft engines (mainly for Airbus, Leonardo Helicopters and Rolls-Royce). This represents almost 10 years’ worth of work in hand for the UK aerospace industry. As a result, there will be a big push to employ more skilled labour in 2019 to get through this manufacturing backlog. Our clients are looking for engineers who hold a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electro-mechanical engineering, with experience working with hydraulics or pneumatics in a high-precision manufacturing environment.”
With a range of high-scale projects in the pipeline, 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the maritime sector; especially the development of military ships and submarines. Carpenters, electricians, boat builders and welders are just some of the skilled tradespeople on the front line, building the next generation of naval vessels. Chris Thornton, maritime recruitment specialist at Matchtech, explains:
“Skilled trades are vital to the huge projects being undertaken in the naval sector at the moment. The UK is renowned for producing cutting-edge warships and submarines and there are a number of major build programmes running concurrently, such as the QEC aircraft carriers in Rosyth and Portsmouth, Type 26 frigates in Glasgow and the dreadnought submarines in Barrow.”
4) Buildings design
Since Britain voted to leave the European Union and the value of the pound fell, British property has become cheaper for foreign investors, with Chinese demand for commercial property in London reaching a record high in August 2017. It’s the same story now, with increasing numbers of investors from around the world queuing up to invest in British real estate. James Goodall, Buildings design recruitment specialist at Matchtech, explains:
“Post-Brexit Britain will see an influx of new buildings, of all shapes and sizes, springing up across the UK. With investment comes an abundance of opportunities for design engineers to work on some breath-taking new developments that will shape our skylines. In 2019, we’ll be looking for candidates to fit a range of roles, from mechanical design and public health engineers to architects and project managers. Our clients will be looking for CVs that demonstrate and combine excellent problem-solving and team-building skills with innovative thinking.”
Highway infrastructure continues to evolve, especially with the introduction of smart cities and smart motorways across the UK. Joining this sector could see you help shape the future of transportation in the UK. Joe Wilson, Highways recruitment specialist at Matchtech, explains:
“We are currently working on eight smart motorway projects across the UK’s road network and have another four projects pending for 2019. A vast number of the skills needed for these upgrades are technology based. Engineers with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) experience will be in high demand in order to design, install and maintain the systems – providing road users with live traffic information and guiding them on their routes.”
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