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You can study up to a Higher National Diploma in General Engineering at Barking & Dagenham College. This image is reproduced by kind permission of the Education and Training Foundation/Ellis O'Brien


2018. The Year of Engineering

Engineering is exciting, rewarding and creative. The great thing about being an engineer is that you will always be learning.

Engineering is driving the economy. There are almost 6 million employees in UK engineering companies - almost 20% of total UK employment. The UK will need 200,000 more people with engineering skills each year.

Build the future

Make things, make things work and make things work better!

Engineers build the world around us including buildings, roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. They manage our water, gas and electricity supplies or develop new ways to generate electricity such as wind and solar power. 

Think on your feet and be adaptable

If you enjoy solving problems and coming up with great creative solutions, watch as your work gets seen and used by millions every day. Logical thinking, an aptitude for problem solving and flexibility are just some of the attributes that make a good engineer.

Your career possibilities

You will study a range of engineering principles including electro-pneumatic and hydraulic systems, design, mechatronics and electronics at Barking & Dagenham College.

You will develop the knowledge and skills, as well as the practical hands-on experience, that will make you highly employable.

Here are just a few career possibilities:

- Sound engineer

- Electronics engineer 

- Mechanical engineer

- Automation engineer

- Design sustainable water systems

- Build stadiums and artificial football pitches

- Railway engineer on the London underground network


Our partnership with Erasmus+ means you have the opportunity to take part in a two or three week work placement in Europe. These are great work experience opportunities where you can develop your confidence, cultural and language awareness and enhanced employability skills. Find out more and how to apply.

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What is mechatronics?

Mechatronics systems form the basis of manufacturing processes in a huge range of sectors including automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical, food and medical products and processes.

It's a multidisciplinary field of engineering and a design process that includes a combination of:

  • mechanical engineering,
  • electrical engineering,
  • telecommunicatoins engineering,
  • control engineering and
  • computer engineering

In demand

There is a high demand for qualified and motivated people in the workforce with these skills.

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Salary fact 

£47,000 - £60,000 is the average national salary for qualified mechatronics engineers.

An Engineering Manager from a leading UK company added:

"I would certainly be keen to interview a candidate with this level of training on their CV. I need engineers who are multi-skilled and have the knowledge to be technically flexible. 

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