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Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering

manufacture [manjʊˈfaktʃə/]verb

  1. gerund or present participle: manufacturing
  2. make (something) on a large scale using machinery.”firms who manufacture ball bearings”

engineering [ɛndʒɪˈnɪərɪŋ/] noun

  1. the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.

Manufacturing came about when we started using machines to help us to make things in large quantities that we used to make by hand in much smaller quantities. Advancing technology has taken things a step further and led to the development of advanced manufacturing and engineering processes.

Some of the processes that might be used in advanced manufacturing and engineering are:

  • Computer technologies (e.g., CAD, CAE, CAM)
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) for modelling, simulation and analysis
  • Rapid prototyping
  • High Precision technologies
  • Information technologies
  • Advanced robotics and other intelligent production systems
  • Automation
  • Sustainable and green processes and technologies


To get involved this sector 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.

Another example of an Advanced Manufacturing company in Brighton and Hove is West Control Solutions. West Control Solutions is a global specialist in advanced temperature control, and in 2014 completed a major expansion of its UK manufacturing centre in Brighton, creating new jobs and increasing output capability by up to 25,000 units per annum.

Just outside of Brighton, based in Shoreham, Ricardo UK is a global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy. It employs over 2,000 engineers, scientists and consultants around the world.

Click this link to find out what Ricardo UK is looking for from young people applying to work with them.

The manufacturing businesses in Brighton and Hove are mainly High Tech and food.

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Here are some examples of entry level jobs in this sector:

If you’re continuing into further or higher education, please click here to see many other options available to you.

For more information on jobs in this sector look at the Pathway team in Coastal West Sussex.

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