Engineering and Manufacturing

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.



Essential SkillsEssential Skills<div class="ExternalClassC4F948F4F77D4B989210AA7B55DF2CE2"><p>- Ability to work well in a team</p> <p>- Practical and good with your hands</p> <p>- Creative ideas</p> <p>- Ability to follow and understand plans and drawings</p> <p>- Strong mathematical and scientific skills</p> <p>- Curious about how things work</p> ​​​​</div>
Top employersTop employers<div class="ExternalClass219A56B240B9447C92BB4A8E06C4294F"><p><strong><a href="">Delphi Automotive</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Arla Foods</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Surgical Innovations</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Symingtons Ltd</a></strong></p> ​​ ​​</div>
Labour market informationLabour market information<div class="ExternalClassA0AAF632578243F496952139B86555BC"><p>- There are <strong>6,610</strong> Engineering and Manufacturing businesses in Leeds.</p> <p>- Leeds employs <strong>over 33,000 people</strong> in the sector.</p> <p>- By 2025 there will be <strong>3% fewer jobs</strong> in the sector.</p> <p>- Future focus on <strong>skilled engineering roles</strong> to fill gaps in the retiring workforce.</p> <p>- Upcoming developments such as <strong>HS2</strong> will create a skills demand.</p> ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>