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What is engineering?

Engineers use creativity, design and problem solving to produce almost everything you come across in your daily life. From the mobile phones you use and TVs you watch, to the food you eat and the jeans you wear. Engineering is behind everything.

Engineers are problem-solvers, tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. They work on the next generation of spacecraft for missions to Mars; they develop more lifelike artificial limbs; they find sustainable ways to grow food and build houses, and so much more.

If you are interested in science and maths as well as design and technology then engineering could be for you. There are several routes to get into engineering and different types of engineering to choose from, to suit your skills and interests.

The Tomorrow's Engineers website has all the information you need need to know about the world of engineering including a career-finder tool that discovers the ideal engineering job for you, blogs from real-life engineers and much more.

The Smallpeice Trust also offers 12-18 year olds science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) days and courses.

Find out about how we inspire and mentor young people through our education outreach activities.


What is mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineers provide solutions to the development of products and systems, ranging from small product designs to extremely large machinery or vehicles. They can work on all stages of a product, from research and development to design and manufacture, working all around the world. Mechanical engineers are the inventors who turn ideas into reality.

Find out what mechanical engineers do


Meet a mechanical engineer

  • Gavin Kerby EngTech MIMechE

    Gavin is a Project Enginee at AM Defence and Marine. He has travelled all over the UK and Europe in his career so far and is hoping to work in Asia, Oceania and the Americas one day.

  • Emily Walsh EngTech MIMechE

    Emily is a Composite Design Engineer with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. The highlight of her career so far has been helping remove, service and install all the flying controls for a TriStar L1011 during its maintenance check.



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Find out more about gearing up for a career in mechanical engineering.

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Tomorrow's Engineers

Find out about the different pathways you can take to get into a career in engineering.

Visit the Tomorrow's Engineers website

Watch mechanical engineers in action