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Engineering

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A qualification in engineering could lead to a successful and high-paying career in the engineering industry.

Weston College's engineering provision has rapidly expanded over the last two years due to demand from the engineering sector, in particular the manufacturing and aerospace companies in Bristol.

People with engineering qualifications are some of the highest-paid in the country. People with engineering qualifications are likely to earn more than those with similar qualifications, and the entry roles in the engineering sector on average pay more than entry roles in other professions. Graduates in engineering can expect to earn over £26,000 a year.

With us you can study from Level 1 to degree-level. At Weston College our range of courses means that you have the opportunity to become highly-qualified and skilled in engineering. If you study with us and then decide to progress onto a degree-level course at University Centre Weston, we'll be able to prioritise your application.

We can help you find your engineering specialism. Specialising in an aspect or type of engineering could lead you to the highest-paid engineering jobs. At Weston College we teach different types of engineering, including mechanical, composites and electrical.

Why choose us?

  1. Our engineering courses. We have courses that offer a range of different engineering subjects, levels and apprenticeships to help launch your engineering career. 
  2. Our reputation. We are regarded as one of the top colleges in the country. Our location in Somerset and the business links we have forged with major companies in Bristol put Weston College's engineering provision at the forefront of the region's further and higher education engineering provision.
  3. Our success rates. Our success rates place us in the top 10% of colleges in the country. In addition to being rated outstanding by Ofsted, we were named College of the Year and the Overall FE Provider of the Year by the 2015 Times Educational Supplement.
  4. Our facilities. We recently invested £4 million into our engineering facilities to provide our students with state-of-the-art workshops and equipment, and lecturers with many years' experience working in the engineering industry. 
  5. Our links with employers. We work with some of the largest engineering companies in the country to deliver training and ensure that we're teaching you the skills and relevant qualifications that they look for when recruiting.

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Career opportunities

People who graduate from university with engineering and technology degrees earn approximately 20% more per year than the average salary for graduates in other fields. Over a lifetime, they can expect to earn significantly more than graduates from most other subjects.

Those who do an apprenticeship in engineering and become engineering technicians also have the potential to earn considerably more than the average technician.

Example salaries

  • Aerospace engineer - £25,000 to £45,000
  • CAD technician - £20,000 - £35,000
  • Design Engineer - £25,000 to £50,000
  • Engineering construction craft worker/technician - £19,000 to £30,000
  • Engineering construction technician - £20,000 to £30,000
  • Structural engineer -  £24,000 to £50,000
  • Mechanical engineering technician - £20,000 to £35,000 
  • Mechanical Engineer - £25,000 to £42,000
  • Project Engineer - £32,000 to £56,000.

On completing an engineering apprenticeship, your starting salary will be between £18,000 and 26,000 - depending on the company you work for and the type of engineering.

With a qualification in engineering, you could become a:

  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Oil and Gas Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Transport Designer
  • Software Designer
  • Computer Animation
  • Bio Engineer
  • CAD Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Structures Engineer
  • Materials Scientist
  • Nano Technologist
  • Composites Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Stress Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Safety Engineer.

Local engineering facts

The Bristol and Somerset area is an international hub for advanced engineering. Over 4,600 engineering business are based in the area, and over 44,400 people are currently employed in the sector.

Engineering is a big business in the region and the industry is set to expand by 5% over the next five years. The biggest expansion will be within the high tech and electronics category, but other areas such as manufacturing and the defense sectors will see a massive increase in investment.

The top employers include Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, GKN, GE Oil and Honeywell.  

Alongside the major aerospace companies and the industry that supports them in producing parts for the next generation of aircraft, we have a growing oil and gas industry and a large manufacturing sector. This all lies alongside the large developments in the nuclear industry, where they will be looking for engineers to complete the construction and running of Hinkley Point C.

The South West has also been named as the home of the UK’s first marine energy park, firmly placing the region on the international map for leadership in marine renewable energy.

It's easy to apply...

Applying for one of our engineering courses is the easiest way to reserve your place on the course.ou can apply online in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in from the drop-down menu at the top of this page and clicking ‘apply now’. Alternatively, you can find an application form at the back of our prospectus.

Now is the perfect time to apply in order to secure your place on the course you are interested in. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date.

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