Engineering is the application of scientific, social, and practical knowledge in order to invent, design, build, maintain, research, and improve structures, machines, devices, systems, materials, and processes.

The discipline of engineering is extremely broad, and encompasses a range of more specialised fields of engineering, each with a more specific emphasis on particular areas of applied science, technology and types of application.

There are nearly 7,000 employed in this sector in the Humber accounting for 2% of employment

Did you know?

  • The Engineering Sector accounts for 2% of the region’s workforce, employing over 7,000 people
  • The average graduate starting salary for engineering is £27,079 – over a fifth more than for all graduates
  • Nationally only 3.4% engineering and manufacturing apprentices are female
  • Nationally only 7% of the Engineering workforce is female
  • Engineering is not just about getting dirty it is very creative work and involves problem solving
  • Engineers can work in many different industries including chemicals, food manufacturing, the motor and aerospace industries
  • Engineers use computers and new technologies to design new products
  • The Engineering industry requires more qualified people
  • Every time a job is created in engineering 2 new jobs are created elsewhere

Will there be opportunities available?

  • Britain will need more than a million new engineers and technicians by 2020, which will require doubling the number of annual engineering graduates and apprentices
  • Engineering companies are projected to need 186,000 people nationally with engineering skills each year to 2024
  • Employment trends for the Humber show that this is an increasing sector for employment

Useful Sector specific sites

LMI Humber YouTube Sector Video available here


Engineering sector info can also be found on the National Guidance for Research Forum at Warwick University.

Tomorrow’s Engineers


Download full PDF sector profile here