What do you need to get a job in engineering?

Engineering is rapidly becoming one of the most popular career paths available to young people in the UK as of 2018. With multiple benefits in terms of salary, transferable skills, variety of opportunities and the overall need for qualified engineers in 2019, the industry itself is becoming increasingly competitive. Young engineers are required to learn more, adapt faster and have a much broader knowledge base to be successful in their field, with more skills than ever in demand from high profile companies.

So what exactly do you need to get a job in engineering?

A wide variety of hands-on experience

Engineering as a role comes in many different forms, from vehicle maintenance to structural design. This means that as a potential candidate, you will need to understand as many different types of engineering as possible – or at least have a detailed awareness of their requirements – to find the right role for you. You will need to be able to get your hands dirty, interact with clients and business owners, deliver to deadlines and understand the aesthetic qualities of high-quality engineering to impress your potential bosses. Over 40% of employers believe that engineering students lack the practical experience to succeed in their field, so it’s crucial that you gain as much hands-on practice as you can.

Good quality training

Where you trained and how you learnt your engineering skills could be the deciding factor when it comes to interviewing for the job you want. Companies and industries are looking for reputable training courses, with a high turnover of successful and skilled graduates, so make sure you choose your path wisely during your training period. Big name academies, specialised training schools and colleges are likely to provide you with a detailed and practical experience of engineering that can seriously impress a recruiter. They can also help you to describe in detail some of the skills you gained there, the techniques and modules you excelled in and the benefits you found from studying there – illustrating your learning ability and enthusiasm for engineering.

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Excellent relationships and references

Whilst engineering is not typically considered a high profile client-facing role, there are certain requirements of the profession that require good relationship management and interacting with your peers. Being able to cite teachers with a great reputation in their field, deliver glowing references and describing the lessons you learned from an independent one-on-one tutor is bound to help you make a great impression on your interviewer. It can also help you to mention some of the engineers who inspired you throughout your training, whether it be through their attention to detail, innovative thinking or professionalism in a tough situation – demonstrating not only humility but respect for colleagues as well.

An organic demonstration of technical knowledge

Most companies and industries will prefer their candidates to feel comfortable and confident in their own abilities when it comes to talking shop. It’s important to understand your trade and the requirements expected of you, but also to deliver a demonstration of it organically and authentically. Candidates who repeat their latest textbook or lecture slide word for word can appear under confident and overly rehearsed, giving the impression that they only learnt their skills in time for the interview. Being able to have a natural and thoughtful conversation about your chosen field of engineering will benefit you greatly when it comes to impressing interviews, particularly if you can drop in a few references to skills you picked up during training.

Beginning a career in engineering can be an exciting and life-changing journey, and where you trained can have a serious impact on your future career path. So why not choose a certified, independent and experienced academy like CEATA, and do some good for your future.

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Want To Be An Engineer? CEATA Pre-Employment Programme Open Day

On the 18th of April we are holding an open day for our 6 week long, Pre-Employment Programme, where candidates will gain an NVQ Level 2 Performing Manufacturing Operations, all free of charge. 10am-11.30am. Next course beginning on the 24th of April.

This course is for unemployed people aged 19 years and over, wishing to find out about engineering and acquire the basic skills to be able to weld.

Location: CEATA Academy, 8, Easter Park, Lenton Ln, Nottingham NG7 2PX.

At our Open Day you will be able to:
– Tour the academy and check out our facilities
– Speak to tutors and current students
– Submit your application on the spot!

For more information, go onto our Facebook event –

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CEATA’s Latest Free Training Courses With SkillsLocal For April & May

Support for Local Businesses – CEATA is offering a programme of free short engineering training courses as part of the D2N2 SkillsLocal programme through LearnDirect during April and May.

Our courses include;

Introduction to Welding (MMA / MIG / Oxyacetylene)

Introduction to welding for those wishing to learn the basics of setting up a welding set and how to work safely. Candidates can chose one type welding to study, all materials are provided apart from overalls and safety boots which must be worn. *Aluminium is excluded from this course. Duration: 2 days. Dates: 17th/18th May.

Introduction to Welding (TIG)

Introduction to welding for those wishing to learn the basics of setting up a welding set and how to work safely. Candidates can chose one type welding to study, all materials are provided apart from overalls and safety boots which must be worn. *Aluminium is excluded from this course. Duration: 3 days. Dates: 9th/10th/11th May.

Refresher Welding

Refresher training for those who have some welding experience.  Candidates can chose one type of welding to study*, all materials are provided apart from overalls and safety boots which must be worn. This course can lead to an NVQ Level 2 in Welding or Welder Coded standard. Coded testing can be arranged. *TIG and Aluminium are excluded from this course. Duration: 1/2 days. Dates: 12th/13th April.

Abrasive Wheels

This course is suitable for those new to using abrasive wheels or requiring refresher training. Using abrasive wheels safely in the work place and replacing abrasive disks and wheels. Duration: 1 day. Dates: By arrangement.

Introduction to CAD

Gain a basic knowledge of CAD application and use. Candidates will also learn the basics of reading engineering drawings accurately. Duration: 2 half days. Dates: By arrangement.

Places are limited, and available for people in employment only – to find out more please email us on ceata@canalengineering.co.uk

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The Official Opening of CEATA’s New Training Facility

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Yesterday, 6th April 2017 we held the opening of our new training facility. This day was organised to showcase our new building and to celebrate the graduation and hard work of our recently achieving apprentices.

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The evening was a success. The tutors were available to talk to employers and apprentices about future opportunities with CEATA and also learn more about the courses we have available.

The new training facility is a monumental moment for CEATA; it allows us to take more apprentices on to continue building a skilled workforce for more Nottingham and East Midlands based businesses.

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The graduation began with an introduction from the Managing Director of Canal Engineering, Martin Price, followed by a speech from the General Manager at CEATA Karen Hodgson. They both highlighted how much they value in delivering high quality training within engineering sector.

The apprentices were presented with their certificates and qualifications and special plaques for the Most Improved Apprentice – Ryan Horner, Goodmans Metal Works, The Best Intermediate Apprentice 2016 – Ben Sansom , Canal Engineering and The Best Advanced Apprentice – Dean Mohamed, Canal Engineering, 2016.

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From everyone at CEATA we would like to thank everyone for the support we have had so far from everyone at Canal Engineering, the employers and most importantly the apprentices.

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To discuss a training course, arrange a visit to the Academy and receive expert advice, please contact the CEATA Training Manager; you’ll be glad you did!

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