Industry Sector


Engineers bring ideas to life. They design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. From James Watt’s steam engine to Andy Scott’s Kelpies, Scotland is great at engineering.

It’s an exciting and varied industry offering careers in range of sectors including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion and construction. You won’t always be sitting at a desk and could be working in a laboratory, at sea, underground or a recording studio. If you’re a creative problem solver who likes a challenge then the industry could be for you.

The industry now

Over 120,000 people work in the engineering industry in Scotland

Only 22% of those who work in the industry are women

There’s demand for project engineers, design engineers, IT specialists, technicians, welders, composite engineers, CNC machinists, fabricators

*Skills Investment Plan for Scotland's Engineering Sector

The future

Engineering companies are projected to need 182,000 people with engineering skills each year to 2022 in the UK

The UK will need 2x the number of graduates and apprentices entering the engineering industry

*Engineering UK Report 2016