What are the different types of engineering?

Learn about the different types of engineering roles out there. With hundreds to choose from, you’re guaranteed a non-boring life with an engineering career!

DID YOU KNOW: The four main types of engineering are mechanical, chemical, civil and electrical - but there are literally hundreds of types of engineering roles out there. Scroll down for 22 amazing engineering career types!

Engineering is a well-paid career choice that could take you all over the world, involve you in mega-famous projects AND unleash your creativity and puzzle-solving passions! Believe it or not, you could even end up working in publishing, sport or fashion...

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4 main types of engineering

  1. Chemical engineer

Chemical engineers are sometimes known as ‘universal engineers’ because they know a broad range of stuff and have their fingers in all kinds of career pies. For example, the Nike sportswear development department is full of chemical engineers helping to create space-age fabrics. Chemical engineers research and design the machines, chemicals and activities which help create stuff from raw materials.

  1. Civil engineer

Civil engineers are like SimCity but in real life. They plan and manage super-big building projects – anything from airports to statement skyscrapers and entire new towns. If you want to be able to walk past a city attraction and tell your friend “I made that happen”, you could think about becoming a civil engineer.

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  1. Electrical engineer

It's a massive ask, but... would you like to change the world, improve lives and save the planet? Would you also like to make your tired old phone scratchless again? As an electrical engineer, dreaming up and making all kinds of electrical equipment is what you do!

  1. Mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineers have the very special skill of designing machinery and mini-machinery-bits (components, in other words). You’ll find machinery everywhere these days, so mechanical engineers are needed in almost any industry you can think of, from energy to healthcare.

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  1. Aerospace engineer

Top Gun and Snakes on a Plane would never have happened if not for aerospace engineering. Being lucky enough to fly away on holiday wouldn’t be possible, either. Aerospace engineers put all their love and attention into aircraft, and they also work on space vehicles and satellites. If you're interested in a sky-high career path, you can also check out flight engineering.

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How to become an aircraft maintenance engineer apprentice at Thales How to become an avionics software component engineer at Thales 2. Biochemical engineer

Biochemical engineers are probably our best chance to defeat the zombie invasion and, on a much more serious note, could also help the world discover a cure for cancer. They spend their time creating incredible new chemicals in labs, and often work to create new medicines.

  1. Biomass engineer

Biomass engineers use plant or animal matter to create a fresh, clean source of energy. Sustainable energy is big business right now, so the oil and gas alternatives you help to create are in big demand.

  1. Broadcast engineer

Broadcast engineers have the electronics, computer science and technology X-factor. Broadcast engineering is a perfect job for tinkerers and inventors, because they not only fix but also design the technical equipment that TV and media stations use to broadcast shows all over the world. The best bit? Organisations like the BBC offer a technology apprenticeship to help you gain work experience and a wage while studying for a degree in broadcast engineering.

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How to become a broadcast engineer at the BBC 5. Building services engineer

Building service engineers install and fix equipment in buildings, and keep it ticking over. They quite often work with electricity, heating, phone networks and making sure everyone in the building has fresh air. Sometimes they get to work with ancient, historic buildings and they often work as part of a team so it’s a nice option for a hands-on ‘people’ person who wants doesn't want to spend all day in the office.

  1. Design engineer

Design engineers tend to keep their hands clean. They help to dream up new products, and spend a lot of time using CAD (computer-aided design) to create amazing blueprints for things we'll see in stores very soon. If you'd like to unleash your artistic side as well as your love of details, this could be your blueprint for an amazing career.

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