Careers in Engineering and Manufacturing


Looking to work in engineering or manufacturing? This sector is constantly innovating and improving so if you are looking for a fast-paced career which has a crucial role in shaping our future then this could be the career pathway for you.

The majority of products and services are brought to life through engineering and manufacturing. You could be a Mechanical Engineer or work in Aerospace,  you could be creating new buildings in your local community as a building services, civil and structural or electrical engineer, you might focus on new product development or even work in entertainment engineering working behind the scenes to design, create and install systems for the film & tv sector.


Engineering and Manufacturing in Hertfordshire


Hertfordshire’s world-class engineering and manufacturing companies specialise in aerospace, space and satellite engineering, communication technologies, electronics, defence and security-related equipment and logistics.

Hertfordshire continues to build on its pioneering industrial heritage. The first production commercial jetliner, the de Havilland Comet, was developed and manufactured in Hatfield in 1947 and Hertfordshire was home to the first digital radio manufacturer in the UK.

Stevenage is the leading location for the UK space industry and home to the 2018 ExoMars Rover and the 2017 Solar Orbiter Satellite research and development programmes.

The advanced engineering sector includes top global companies such as Airbus, MBDA, Johnson Matthey, and Smiths Detection, as well as a multitude of niche engineering companies involved in everything from components to consumables.

Across the UK, more than 90,000 companies are involved in advanced manufacturing and engineering, employing 2.7 million people.

Sector Growth stat

In 2022, the engineering and manufacturing industry employed around 48,500 people in Hertfordshire, and there are nearly 2,500 firms in the sector. Since 2010 the number of businesses has risen by 3.8% a year.

HOP into Engineering


Hear from some of our Hertfordshire residents about their career pathway into engineering apprenticeships within VolkerFitzpatrick, a civil engineering organisation.



Facts & Figures

£36,747 Average wages in Manufacturing (2021)
£42,787 Average salary in Engineering (2021)
2.3% Growth in the industry (2021-2022)

Like what you have seen so far? If you are looking for a career that is stimulating, challenging and ever-changing then look no further than engineering and manufacturing. 


Job Roles   


Explore job roles in the engineering and manufacturing industries in the HOP Careers Directory. Understand the main tasks within job roles and average salaries, learn about which qualifications you should consider studying at further and higher education. 

Training courses


Here you can find qualifications and short courses relevant to Engineering and Manufacturing.  From Electronics to Civil Engineering, Manufacturing to Product Design.




Apprenticeships are one way to start a career in engineering and manufacturing. Go to our HOP pages on Apprenticeships for more information on how to become an apprentice. 

You can find out more detail on what each apprenticeship qualification involves through the Institute of Apprenticeships.

Higher Education


The School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire puts exciting industry-leading technology into your hands. 


You will benefit from world-class learning and experiential facilities to enable you to develop the practical skills you need to gain your dream career in the different fields of engineering and computer science. Their facilities include; commercial flight simulators, supersonic wind tunnels, driving simulators and specialist artificial intelligence and robotics labs all designed to give you the skills you need to succeed. Find out more here.

Apprenticeships in Engineering and Manufacturing

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Engineering and Manufacturing Learning Opportunities

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'Engineering' Job Vacancies

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