Engineering and Manufacturing | Leeds Pathways



Interested in working in a high tech, fast paced and diverse industry? Explore the career options and links on this page to find out more about working in a sector where you could be turning raw materials into useable parts such as car equipment and surgical tools.​


Biomedical Engineer
Design, develop and maintain equipment used for diagnosing illnesses and treating patients
Starting Salary: £25,000 per annum

Manufacturing Systems engineer
Design and install new production line systems in factories and manufacturing plants
Average salary: £22,000 - £25,000 per annum

Mechanical Engineer
Develop and design components and machinery used in many industries like manufacturing, construction, water, power, health and transport
Starting Salary: £22,000 - £26,000 per annum

Visit the National Careers Service for more information on careers in this sector.

Click to expandEssential Skills

- Ability to work well in a team

- Practical and good with your hands

- Creative ideas

- Ability to follow and understand plans and drawings

- Strong mathematical and scientific skills

- Curious about how things work


Click to expandLabour market information

- There are 6,610 Engineering and Manufacturing businesses in Leeds.

- Leeds employs over 33,000 people in the sector.

- By 2025 there will be 3% fewer jobs in the sector.

- Future focus on skilled engineering roles to fill gaps in the retiring workforce.

- Upcoming developments such as HS2 will create a skills demand.

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"I'm gaining new skills, getting more experience working in the sector and I'm currently part of an exciting major project."

- Engineering Apprentice

"If you're out there and you're making choices on qualifications, think about science, think about maths. They're very important in this sort of industry. If people come to us with the right can-do attitude - they want to work and they're positive - they could have a wonderful career."

- Northern Gas Networks