Engineering & Manufacturing

Engineering & Manufacturing

Discover... how to engineer the right future for you

Indispensable. Essential. Vital. These are just a few words to describe the role of the engineer and manufacturer in our modern world. Everything we take for granted each day in our modern lives, depends on engineering and manufacturing – from the cars we drive, to the phones we use to communicate, from the food we eat to the medicine that we rely on.

If you like to find solutions for technical or practical problems, or are intrigued by how things can be made, adapted or improved, then a job in this field could be for you.

A career in this diverse sector could see you working in one of many different settings - aircraft hangar, food and drink manufacturing plant, car design studio, oil rig.

Here in the South West we have a particularly strong engineering and manufacturing tradition. We’re home to a massive 8% of the UK’s engineers and 9% of the UK’s engineering companies. Almost 130,000 people are employed across nearly 6,500 organisations.

Our advanced engineering department offers qualifications and training in all sectors. At our state-of-the-art Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) at Parkway, we bring together engineering, aeronautical, manufacturing and automotive courses in one place.

Studying with us means you’ll benefit from our industry leading facilities, including:

  • Computer aided simulation rigs
  • Engineering workshop
  • Electronics equipment
  • Hydraulic laboratory
  • Pneumatics test equipment
  • Testing and diagnostic equipment, including vehicle brake testing stations, on site commercial jet aircraft, 3D printing facilities, advanced CAD modelling software and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinery

Our passionate tutors have been chosen for their expert experience of a range of specialisms. We also enjoy strong links with some of the biggest players in the field, including the Ministry of Defence, Airbus, Amcor, Astra Zeneca and Claverham Aerospace, First Great Western, GE Oil and Gas, GKN Aerospace, Oldland Aerospace, Rolls Royce, SeroSerco, Smurlitt Smurfit Kappa.

Progression potential

You could become:

... an Accredited Engineer (Eng Tech, IENG, CENG) ... CAD/Design Engineer ... CNC Programmer/Operator ... Electronics and Electrical Engineer ... Maintenance Engineer ... Manufacturing Engineer ... Mechanical Engineer ... Multi-skilled Maintenance Engineer ... Tool Maker ... Welding and Fabrication Engineer