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An overview of engineering consultancy

Engineering consultancy: industry sector overview

Graduates following careers in engineering consultancy will use their technical expertise to help their clients.

The role of a high-technology engineering consultancy is to assist its clients with the technical expertise and knowledge that is not always available in house. For example if an automotive supplier wants to develop a new engine they might consult a team of automotive experts to advise on its design or how it will be made. Engineering consultancies range in size and the scope of work they cover. Smaller consultancies may focus on niche areas of engineering technology, while large global consultancies can have expertise across many sectors including civil engineering, rail, telecommunications, energy, IT, automotive, space and defence.

Skills graduates need for a job in engineering consultancy

A good academic background and good basic engineering skills are prerequisites and a relevant postgraduate qualification can be an advantage. Excellent communication skills are essential and it’s important to be professional but approachable. Some engineering consultancies have a graduate scheme, some don’t. Typically, graduates start out helping on projects and getting general experience working in different areas. It’s possible to tailor work so that you can gain skills and competences that support working towards chartership.

The highlights of a career in engineering consultancy

Consultants have to maintain high standards of work at all times, since clients are paying for expertise and want to get maximum value for the money they spend. However, the flexibility to work on a range of projects means that consultants are always building new skills and staying at the cutting edge of technology development.

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