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The automotive sector in the UK contributed over £15 billion to the economy in 2017. Many of the larger automotive manufacturers have most of their production located in the Midlands and North of England, although there are also businesses in the South, too. Engineering and design plays a critical role in the automotive sector, designing new vehicles and modifying existing vehicles and systems.
Many employers within the automotive are large, private sector organisations. There are also a wide-ranging group of independent automotive design consultancies, manufacturers of specific components (e.g. electrical component or tyre manufacturers), laboratory testing organisations and oil/fuel manufacturing businesses. There are also apprenticeship opportunities with smaller private businesses in automotive maintenance, repair and specialist manufacturers.
An apprenticeship is a recognised route into an engineer position in the automotive sector. Once they build their experience within the sector, automotive engineers can specialise in one of three areas: Research & Development (R&D), design or production. Engineers will spend their time in a mixture of laboratory, office and factory sites.
An engineer specialised in R&D might spend much of their time working to identify properties of different materials, while a design engineer will likely focus on designing and developing prototypes for new vehicles or components. A production engineer will work closely with the manufacturing facilities to ensure that the mechanical systems used in production are correct for the product being produced and working correctly.