Engineer at Network Rail

How to become an engineer

Studying maths and science-related subjects at school will help you a lot in any engineering career. Not only will they stand out on your CV, they’ll also give you the foundation skills and knowledge you’ll need to learn and grow in an engineering career.

At school and beyond, take the opportunity to network and meet like minds in a science and engineering field. As an example, there are a number of science careers events held annually around the country, like The Big Bang Fair and Technopop. Attending these events is very inspiring, and also a great way to meet employers offering opportunities, networks to join and people in the jobs you want who are happy to answer any questions.

You can study for vocational qualifications – like engineering NVQ courses - to help you build up the skills and knowledge you need. You can also take these courses through an employer as part of a structured earn-while-you-learn programme. Take a look at our Course Finder to research what’s available.

Once you’ve got a job in the field of engineering – either a graduate role, an entry-level role or an apprenticeship – a career-boosting next step is to achieve chartered engineer status, which is required for this role. This is a globally recognised qualification, which you can get through the IET.

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