Engineering Your Future

Hulme Arch Bridge and Beetham Tower, Manchester

Careers Awareness Days

Forthcoming Events in Greater London

Friday 17 March 2017

Host: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Venue: One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ

Enquiries and Registration: see event brochure

Further events are planned for Summer and Autumn 2017, details to follow.

Events in North West England

EYF events have historically been held in the areas below, please consult local STEM events listings.

Greater Manchester and Lancashire



What is Engineering Your Future?

After more than a decade of events, Engineering Your Future remains a key date in the diary of London Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Colleges and has expanded to other regions of the UK. This one-day careers event has been established to show attendees that engineering is a career worth pursuing. It is jointly co-ordinated and sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology with strong support from STEMNET in each region.


Who should attend?

If you are a student aged 16-18 who is studying science, maths or engineering (or similar subjects) at GNVQ or A-Level, give your teacher or lecturer our details (below) and ask them to get in touch with us.

If you are a teacher of such students, please attend with them and join in the fun, or just come along to observe.

If you represent an engineering company and you are interested in hosting a session, let us know.

Finally, if you are a young professional engineer who'd like to help us make this a memorable day for the students, we are always looking for volunteers to escort student groups and to take part in our speed meeting session (see below), so please get in touch!

What's in it for me?

Students and teachers attending will enjoy:

Companies and young engineers taking part will benefit from:

What happens on the day?

After the welcome there are 5 sessions of 40 minutes each, with groups of students attending each session in turn. The groups are led by one or more young engineers who can answer questions informally throughout the day.

All sessions are practical and interactive and provide an insight into the working life of an engineer. In four of the sessions attendees learn about an area of engineering from one of the companies invited; the other session, 'Routes into Engineering', is a chance to meet some recently qualified engineers and to ask them how they got to where they are, and what their future plans are.

Typical Timetable
10:15 - 10:30 Arrival and registration
10:30 - 10:45 Welcome and Introduction
10:45 - 12:15 Group sessions (2 x 40 minutes)
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 15:00 Group sessions (3 x 40 minutes)
15:00 - 15:30 Closing remarks and feedback
1530 Close

Example Workshop Descriptions

Workshops from the event held at Institution of Civil Engineers, October 2007

MW Kellogg
MW Kellogg Ltd. is an international design, engineering, and construction company which serves the oil and gas industry employing over 1200 engineers located in West London.
Students will be given an insight into the management and engineering process used to design and construct large scale gas processing plants in sites all over the world.
This session will be run by young engineers who will explain their roles and responsibilities in the company and provide an interactive activity for student participation to enable a greater understanding of the challenges involved in executing these billion pound projects.
Firstco was established in the UK in 1998 and has grown rapidly in the areas of technical consultancy, project management and systems design and integration. We are currently working on major projects such as London Heathrow's new Terminal 5 and the Cross London Rail Link in the UK.
We have teams of engineers providing high level guidance, detailed design, project management and systems integration. Firstco has an outstanding record in recruiting recent engineering graduates. We help them to develop their experience by working on world class projects as well as their professional capabilities by supporting them to achieve Chartered Engineer status.
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic's fleet of 38 Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A340s fly all around the world, every day of the year, and it's our job, in Engineering, to ensure the highest possible standards of safety and serviceability.
Virgin Atlantic Engineering employs 900 staff, based primarily in the UK but also in over 15 different locations across our network, from the USA to Africa and Australia. We perform the maintenance and control the continued airworthiness of our fleet. There are plenty of opportunities to use your engineering skills from developing our seats and cabins, or working with the industry on environmentally friendly projects, to resolving in-service issues with the aircraft and engine manufacturers. The workshop will provide you with an interactive opportunity to manage the engineering support of a busy airline operation.
Mott MacDonald
Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy with a US$1.5 billion turnover and work spanning over 140 countries world-wide.
We have over 11000 staff working in all sectors from transport, energy, buildings, water and the environment to health and education, industry and communications.
Careers Speed Networking
Do you know all the different paths that are available to pursue a career in engineering? If not, this speed networking session gives you a great opportunity to find out fast!
On a timed rotation system, you will spend a few minutes talking to working professional engineers, apprentices and technicians, and representatives of Universities. The sponsoring Engineering Institutions will also be on hand to talk about professional engineering qualifications, sponsorship and career progression. We all look forward to meeting you.

What Next?

For registration, see contact details for each event above.