Engineering specialisms

Female student industry
Accoustic Engineering

Association of Noise Consultants - offers membership to those working in the fields of noise and vibration.

Institute of Acoustics - is a fully professional institute with members being active in all aspects of acoustics.

Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers - a specialist society for sound and communications professionals.

Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineering

Royal Aeronautical Society - the world's only professional body that caters for the entire aerospace community. They are able to act as a 'one stop shop' for all queries relating to the aerospace industry including career queries.

Aerospace Technology - site includes industry news, a jobs & careers section, an aerospace industry catalogue indexed by product or service and an alphabetical listing of aerospace contractors and suppliers.

European Space Agency - provides information on the work of the ESA and includes a detailed careers section. Here you can find out about student placements, graduate trainee positions, career opportunities and current vacancies.

Scottish Aerospace Industry - Scottish Enterprise site dedicated to promoting and helping the industry in Scotland, it includes a Scottish Aerospace and Defence Directory of companies working in the field and information on initiatives, news, facts & figures and company links.

ADS Group - is the Premier Trade Organisation for all companies operating in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries.

Careers in Aerospace - the careers website of the Royal Aeronautical Society and ADS Group, providing information and advice on aerospace, aviation and defence career pathways. Has a useful directory of employer profiles in the aerospace industry amongst its pages

Space Careers - a specialist niche jobs board run by space professionals. It includes a job centre advertising vacancies; the largest space industry directory on the web, with direct links to the employment sections of many companies; a news and resources section, which includes links to many professional bodies.

STEM Choices: The UK Space Industry [pdf] - an introduction to the UK space industry

UK Space Agency - The UK Space Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.

UK Space Directory - a comprehensive list of UK companies involved within the space industry

Architectural Engineering / Building Services

The Building Engineering Services Association - is the UK's leading trade organisation for building engineering services contractors

The Building Services Research and Information Association - is a test, instruments, research and consultancy organisation in construction and building services providing specialist support services for design, construction, facilities management, product testing and market intelligence.

Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) - Includes a register of consultants.

CIBSE Journal - Monthly magazine for building services and related professions, includes job section.

Constructing Excellence - Industry news and events.

Association of Lighting Designers - includes links to industry associations and organisations.

Modern Building Services - is a paper journal and online site which offers an editorial perspective covering the Building Services industry, principally in the UK

Automotive Engineering

This industry offers a wide range of roles, from technical and engineering to sales, marketing and logistics.


Institute of the Motor Industry - is a professional body for individuals working in the retail motor industry.

International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies (FISITA) - an independent world body for automotive engineering.

Your Future in Automotive - a site from the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders - exists to provide services and support for the whole industry. Includes a free online version of the UK Motor Industry Directory.

Transport Engineer - a selection of industry news and articles for the automotive sector, published by the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (part of SOE)

Retail Motor Industry Federation

UK Motoring Directory recruitment companies, agencies and employers who specialise in the automotive industry.

Motor Industry Recruitment - jobs in all areas, including (occasional) graduate traineeships.

Motorsport Industry Association - includes directory of members, from Accounting and PR to nuts, bolts and belts

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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Society - an American site with a detailed explanation of what a biomedical engineer does.

Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine - is the professional body which guides and promotes the role of the physical scientist and engineer working within healthcare in the UK. The website contains job listings and information on careers.

Medical Device Network - News, views and contacts from the global Medical industry

Bio Dundee gives information on Life Sciences in the local area including companies, vacancies and events

Bio Now - has informative newsletters, notes on conferences, a jobs section, etc.

Bio Industry Association - with useful member directory

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Scottish Enterprise: Life Sciences links

Designing a Career in Biomedical Engineering - a biomedical engineering careers guide from the EMB

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

The Chemical Industries Association - (CIA) is the largest organisation that represents chemical and pharmaceutical businesses throughout the UK.

Chemical Sciences Scotland – a unique partnership of industry with Scotland's world-renowned academic sector and government agencies.

Society of Chemical Industry an international forum where science meets business on independent and impartial ground.

The ABPI represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.

Labhoo – international pharmaceutical company listings

European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations

North East Process Industry - network organisation representing over 200 process industries - chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and speciality companies - across the North East of England.

Cogent: Chemicals Industry Factsheet [pdf] - data and statistics for the UK chemicals industry

IChemE: Graduates - information for graduates on becoming a chartered chemical engineer

TCE Today - The Chemical Engineer Today is IChemE's monthly members' magazine - the online edition lists news and jobs from the chemical, biochemical and process engineering sectors

Why Not Chem Eng? - careers information available on job roles, the scope of the work of chemical engineers and a series of videos

Civil Engineering

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) - is an independent engineering institution and represents almost 80,000 professionally qualified civil engineers worldwide. It has a dedicated recruitment site ICErecruit.

Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES) - exists to encourage and regulate the professional aspirations of quantity surveyors and land surveyors working within the civil engineering sector and to increase the value of their services to the public.

Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE) - brings together all practitioners in traffic and transportation engineering, highway design, maintenance and construction. Includes a careers section plus training information and useful links.

Institution of Highways & Transportation (IHT) - is a learned society in the UK concerned specifically with the design, construction, maintenance and operation of sustainable transport systems and infrastructure.

Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) - is the professional body for structural engineers. The website has a good careers section.

New Civil Engineer Careers - helps you find out more about this area of work and how to get your career started. The website includes company career profiles and a searchable company directory.

Communication Engineering

Worldwide communications company contacts - through Europages directory

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) - is the leading trade association representing the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry. Member list and job pages.

Tech UK  - the trade body for the UK based information technology, telecommunications and electronics industry.

Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers - a specialist society for sound and communications professionals.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Tech UK - the trade body for the UK based information technology, telecommunications and electronics industry.

New Electronics - is the online version of the magazine which includes information on careers and advertises vacancies.

Energy Networks Association - is the trade association for the electrical industry in the UK.

Institution of Engineering andTechnology - an international organisation electronics, electrical, manufacturing and IT professionals.

Environmental, Waste and Water Engineering

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) - is the public body responsible for environmental protection in Scotland.

Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE) - is a professional Society which exists to promote awareness of the discipline of environmental engineering, and to provide members of the Society with information, training and representation within this field. The site includes vacancies and contacts of industry affiliates.

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) - is the professional body which represents over 5,000 waste management professionals - predominantly in the UK but also overseas.

Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (CIWEM) - is an independent multi-disciplinary professional and examining body for scientists, engineers, other environmental professionals, students and those committed to the sustainable management and development of water and the environment.

Water UK - Water UK is a membership organisation which represents and works with the major water and wastewater service providers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Water Industry Commission for Scotland - Regulates Scottish Water, the State-owned company providing water and sewerage services in Scotland. Consultation and decision documents.


Fire Engineering

Fire Protection Association (FPA) - a professional organisation whose website contains information on training and job vacancies.

Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) - is an international organisation for fire engineers. The site includes a consultant directory and a careers section with case studies.

Food and Drink Engineering and Manufacturing

Careers in Food & Drink - advice and information about jobs in all areas of food manufacture, sales and service.

Food and Drink Federation - the website provides some useful information about the various sectors within the food and drink industry, although there is no specific career information

National Skills Academy for Food and Drink - the careers information section covers details about the food and drink industry, has a jobs bulletin and a wide range of case studies

Just Food - Good for industry news and has job postings

Scotland Food & Drink - Useful listings of Scottish companies plus industry news and events

Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) - Representational body for Scottish Food industry.

The Drinks Business

The Grocer - weekly magazine


Food Science

Institute of Food Science & Technology - is the leading independent qualifying body for food professionals in Europe and the only professional body in the UK concerned with all aspects of food science and technology.

UK's Institute of Food Research (IFR) - Independent research institute for food and health. Has jobs section

New Scientist - Lists science related jobs. Graduate opportunities are also listed.


Brewing and Distilling

Institute of Brewing & Distilling

Beer Me - A useful source of brewery information worldwide including extensive brewery and beer listings.

Brewlab - Provider of training and analysis services for the international brewing industry.

British Beer and Pub Association - Page designed mainly for the licensed trade but useful updates on commercial developments and consumer trends.

Camden BRi Brewing Division - A technology and information organisation providing technical, information and research services to the global brewing malting and drinks industries.

Directory of UK Real Ale Breweries - Contains an up to date list of UK based Real Ale Breweries including news of new openings.

Great British Beer - Searchable databases covering brewery and beer information and companies providing beer related services and allied trades

Institute of Brewing & Distilling - Information on events, training, exams etc. Produces Journal of the Institute of Brewing which publishes original scientific papers and Guide to Technical Careers in the Brewing Industry. Good 'Useful Links' section.

Microbreweries Guide - Scotland - Guide to micro/craft breweries within Scotland.

Portman Group - Not-for-profit organisation charged with leading responsible alcohol standards.

Real Ale Guide - Guide to real ale pubs and breweries throughout the UK.

Realbeer - US site with brewery search facility and latest industry new section

Scotch Malt Whisky Association - Information on becoming a member of the SMWA and also details of distilleries within Scotland.

Scotch Whisky Association - Association responsible for protecting and promoting Scotch Whisky.

Scotch Whisky Research Institute - Centre of research dedicated to the needs of the distilled beverage industry.

Society of Independent Brewers - The Society of Independent Brewers was founded to represent the interests of the growing numbers of independent brewing companies in the UK.

Technical Brewer - Job profile and related industry information.

Whisky Magazine - Includes a whisky distillery listing section.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) provides, promotes and develops training and education in wines, spirits and other alcoholic beverages.

Land Based Engineering

Institution of Agricultural Engineers - membership is open to a wide spectrum of professionals who work in land-based industries including engineers, scientists and managers. The site includes career information and job vacancies.

Lantra - is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector. The website provides extensive careers information about the environmental and land-based industry.

Lighting Engineering

Institution of Lighting Professionals - the UK and Ireland's largest and most influential professional lighting association. Website contains information on training and job vacancies.

The Lighting Industry Association - is the largest trade association in Europe dedicated to serving the UK Lighting Industry and its supply chain.

Marine Engineering

Careers in Naval Architecture - the careers page of the RINA provides detail information for those considering a career as a naval architect.

Hydro International: Buyers Guide - a searchable online directory of companies in the hydrographic surveying industry.

IMAREST: Careers in the Marine Profession - a wealth of information about marine engineering and related careers from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology.

IMCA: Global Careers in Marine Contracting - careers information for marine contracting, including a series of fact sheets about different roles, case studies and 'in depth' guides to particular areas of the industry.

Sea Your Future: A Guide to Marine Careers [pdf] - a career guide covering marine and offshore engineering, naval architecture, marine and hydrographic surveying, shipbuilding and more.

Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) - the SUT is a multidisciplinary learned society that brings together organisations and individuals with a common interest in underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering.

Shipping World & Shipbuilder - established 1883, provides online news on the shipbuilding industry as well as having a regular published magazine.

Subsea Target - information on the subsea sector, and the roles and companies working within it.

Materials Engineering

British Ceramic Confederation: Careers - the careers page from the British Ceramic Confederation includes an information pack filled with information about careers in the ceramics industry.

British Glass manufacturing - represents the interests of primary glass manufacturers and the glass supply-chain, from raw materials to retail and the end-consumer.

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is the leading trade association for the UK Plastic Industry, with over 450 members and 1200 affiliated members.

Clay Technology - the magazine of the International Clay Technology Association.

Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining - the professional body for the international materials, minerals and mining community. The website provides extensive information on careers and lists the latest job vacancies.

Materials World - the member magazine of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Materials UK - an organisation which is a partnership between industry, academia, policy stakeholders and employee organisations in the materials community.

Metals4U: Guide to Engineering - information, hints, tips and job opportunities in the sector.

Nanotechnology: Big Opportunities for Those Who Think Small - an article from the IEEE, providing insight into careers in nanotechnology.

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) - an integrated partnership of fourteen user facilities in the USA, providing opportunities for nanoscience and nanotechnology research.

Packaging Futures - featuring job descriptions and sources of vacancies in the packaging industry.

Packaging Professional - the magazine of the Packaging Society, focusing on technology, innovation and design in packaging.

TWI: World Centre for Materials Joining Technology - one of the world's leading research and consultancy organisations for materials joining technology. They employ graduate and post graduate engineers and scientists, professional staff and staff in support services.

The Welding Institute: Careers in Welding - insights into careers in welding, including a booklet on welding engineering.

Wood Focus - the online magazine for the Wood Technology Society (IWSc).

Railway Engineering

Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) - is a professional body established for the advancement of the science and practice of railway signalling, telecommunications and related matters.

Railway Industry Association - is the trade association for this industry. It provides a directory of members as well as advertising job vacancies.


Sports Engineering

International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) - a membership organisation for those involved in this branch of engineering. The site has a careers section and advertises job vacancies.

The Centre for Sports Engineering Research