If you like to know how things work, how they are built or how they are put together, then this might be the right sector for you.

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Skills and qualities needed

  • Interpreting diagrams and charts
  • Solving practical problems
  • Numeracy
  • Team work
  • Technical skills

Career areas


Making, building and maintaining homes, business premises, hospitals, schools, roads and bridges.


Designing and building things in four main areas: mechanical, electrical, chemical or civil engineering.


Making things in large quantities. Jobs in manufacturing fall into four main areas: product research and development, design, production and distribution.

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Chartered Association of Building Engineers

The Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance

Ministry of Building Innovation and Education