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IN THE DRIVING SEAT... B entley, Jaguar, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce: just four of the UK's automotive greats. And, while the UK's manufacturing sector may not lead the pack the way did in the 1950s (when we were the second-largest exporter of cars; we're now 12th), it's still a hub for automotive production, with 1.5 million cars produced here on average each year. Home to 737,000 employees – and countless more apprentices – it's an industry constantly reinvigorated by technological advancements, and a great place for innovative thinkers. “It offers fantastic career and skills opportunities across a huge variety of disciplines,” says Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), “from design, engineering, supply chain, manufacturing, retail and aftermarket. Despite challenging economic conditions, the industry took on 14,000 apprentices in 2011, demonstrating its commitment to attracting the brightest and best talent to the sector. ” SALARY d an New engineering ates technology gradu lary have a starting sa er gh more than 10% hi UK than other new graduates. 138 ENGINEERING There's a UK-wide demand for engineers, and this is no different in the automotive industry (around 700 jobs are to be created in Wolverhampton through a £150 million investment in a new Jaguar Land Rover engine factory). Automotive Engineers are involved with the design and manufacture of ground-based vehicles – everything from motorbikes, cars, buses and lorries – with many specialising in one particular vehicle type. Engineers work on everything from designing interpretations of automobiles using computer-aided design (CAD) and building component prototypes, to drawing up cost and time estimates for design and manufacturing. For this reason, Automotive Engineers require commercial savviness as well as technical ability. Research & Development (often abbreviated to R&D) is an essential aspect of automotive engineering, with skilled workers, boasting maths and physics knowledge, needed to develop the next car innovation. R&D forms a significant part of the UK automotive WORDS: Jessie Bland | PICTURES: Shutterstock / Maksim Toome Put the pedal to the metal, and get your career in the automotive industry moving http://www.jobsandcareersmag.com8

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - Hilary Devey 2013

Ed's letter
Meet Hilary
Dress for success
Bags of style
Onwards and upwards
The path to enlightenment
On the job
Under operation
Under assessment
Question time
Rising up the ranks
Law and order
Make your search social
On the books
Getting graphic
Sowing the seeds
Making contact
On the move
Going green
Get the cogs turning
Building it up
On the factory floor
Engineering change
Take it up a gear
A rainy-day career
Bank on it
Full house
Talk shop
A clean slate
Hungry work
Quench your thirst
At your leisure
All's fair and square
Head in the clouds
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