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Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

manufacture [man-u-fac-ture] verb
present participle: manufacturing
  • make (something) on a large scale using machinery.
    “firms who manufacture ball bearings”
engineering [en-gin-eer-ing] noun
  • the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.

Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering refers to activities that apply high-level design and scientific skills to produce technologically complex products. It is closely
associated with the application of new technologies. It includes aerospace, automotive, marine, electronic, mechanical, and electrical engineering and is characterised by high-level design and innovation. The UK is the sixth largest manufacturer in the world.

There are engineering businesses in the aeronautical; healthcare; motor vehicle; marine; and the horticultural sectors. Many of its businesses develop market-leading products and globally recognised brands, whilst the location of Gatwick Airport and its coastal location means that there are strengthens in both aviation and marine related engineering activities.

You might need skills in the following: digital techniques, computing, numeracy, analytical thinking and understanding methodologies (including design for manufacture, design for assembly and design for automation).

There is high demand for people with science and engineering degrees in this sector and local employers are very keen to see more young people studying STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

There are also apprenticeships and graduate programmes available in local companies in this sector. One example of an employer that offers these programmes is EDF energy click here to find out more.

Employers from three locally based organisations are featured in the videos below – Shoreham Port, Ricardo and Parafix Holdings.

Ricardo is a global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy. They were founded by Sir Harry Ricardo in 1915 and still share his vision for maximising efficiency and eliminating waste.

Ricardo now employs over 2000 engineers, scientists and consultants around the world and it is the passion and expertise of these people which drives us forward and maintains our position of technical leadership.

Their specialist areas are:

  • Transport and Security
  • Energy
  • Scarce Resources and Waste

In the Transportation and Security industries we provide world class engineering and product development. We enable our customers to comply with global legislative requirements and our expertise spans industries from motor cycles through to large marine propulsion systems. We design and develop engines, transmissions, hybrid and electric systems, right through to complete vehicles. Our niche manufacturing and assembly capability delivers finished products to motorsport, aerospace, defence and other high performance industries.

In Energy we focus on low cost sustainability and engineer solutions for conventional and renewable power generation, energy storage and distribution.

Our Scarce Resource and Waste services deliver environmental consulting focused on air quality, chemical risk, climate change, resource efficiency, water and waste management.

To visit the Ricardo Careers Site, click here  

Degrees to consider studying to work in this sector:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Hardware Engineering
  • Project Management


Watch the video below to discover more about what happens at Shoreham Port – you’ll be surprised!





Parafix is the UK’s leading converter and distributor of self-adhesive materials from the world’s leading adhesive manufacturers. These include adhesive tape conversion, foams, films and foils. We have an extensive range of industrial adhesive manufacturing and cutting equipment including laser cutting, Guillotining, flat bed and rotary die cutting machinery and can supply products in slit rolls, sheets or die-cut forms to customer specifications.

Parafix products might not be seen but it is possible that you will come into contact with them up to 30 times a day! This might be in a car, using your mobile phone, on an aeroplane you travelled in or a hospital you visited.

Parafix is based on Lancing Business Park.

GlaxoSmithKline, based in Worthing, have great opportunities for those wanting to apply for an engineering apprenticeship.  Click here for a presentation with more information.

Remember. . . you can always get a job in Sales, Marketing, IT, Human Resources and Finance in any sector.

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Examples of jobs in this sector include:



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