Engineering is everywhere! It already plays a leading role in the products we use daily and the environments in which we live. It’s an exciting industry offering worldwide opportunities for those of you bold enough to follow your dream.

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Engineering underpins how we live our lives, it encompasses design, electronics, mechanical, software and structural specialisms, making career paths potentially endless. We know choosing the right route can be confusing, so we start by getting the basics right. As your knowledge and interest of the subject broadens you can start to identify your next steps, with the guidance and support of our talented teaching team.

Engineering is competitive; whether you choose to learn through full-time study or an Apprenticeship, we need the best students to meet the high expectations that employers have for their new recruits. Work hard and the rewards are there in terms of job satisfaction, career prospects and great earning potential. Engineering is a worldwide industry and qualifications in this field can open up a world of opportunity.

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Why work in the Engineering Industry?

Wide range of jobs in the Engineering Industry

A wide range of employers in the Engineering Industry

Considering a career in Engineering?​

If you’re not sure what to study, then why not take some time to find out more information about possible careers?

Or, if you already have a career in mind, but you’re not sure what you need to study to pursue that career, we can help you get one step closer to that dream job.

Qualifications & levels explained

There is a wide range of qualifications and levels available, but not all of them may be right for you. If you’re not sure what qualification type or level you should be searching for, take a look at our qualifications explained.

Find the perfect career

We can help you find that perfect career even if you’re not sure what it is yet! At Kirklees College, our mission is to make you as successful as you can be, from finding the right career to gaining the right skills.

Case Studies


Studying Fabrication and Welding Apprenticeship Level 2

I moved from another college after feeling the course wasn’t for me, and after attending an open day I was impressed with the facilities and equipment here. The tutors give me great advice and feedback on my work, which has helped push me in the right direction and helped me decide what I want to do in the future.


Studying Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship

I chose the Apprenticeship route as you get hands on experience, whilst also getting paid and getting a qualification. The tutors are great. They talk to you like an adult and they are more like friends. It’s a really warm environment to learn and work in and there are a lot of friendly faces around college. I’ve made friends for life.


Studying Mechanical Engineering HNC Level 4

Kirklees College offers the best Engineering course in the area. From the CNC machinery to the fatigue testing machines, the equipment is brilliantly placed and operated by the best tutors. There are many aspects of the HNC course that I have been able to transfer over to working life and I’ve seen first-hand how the work done at college will help me develop in my career.


Studying Engineering and Manufacturing Level 3

I wanted a pathway into engineering which allowed me to have the freedom to choose which aspect of engineering I wanted to specialise in.  I enjoy the variety of different units you learn, being practical and the theory-based learning gives you the confidence and the knowledge you’ll need in your future job role.