• Engineering

Engineering and Manufacturing

Career and job opportunities in Engineering

There are approximately 16,500 engineering companies in Scotland including those in the Aerospace, Defence and Marine sectors, employing over 129,000 people.

Only 22% of those who work in the engineering industry are women, and there's a growing demand for young people to train to become technicians, IT specialists, project engineers, design engineers, fabricators and many more roles. 

Find out more from My World of Work about career options in engineering.

The Engineering Sector in Dumfries and Galloway 

This sector is a growth area in Dumfries and Galloway. There are regional job opportunities in areas such as sustainable energy, transport, manufacturing and building.

Engineering college courses in Dumfries and Galloway

Several engineering courses are available at Dumfries and Galloway College, at both Dumfries and Stranraer campuses. These courses include:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Installation
  • Fabrication and Welding Engineering
  • Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles
  • Engineering Fabrication and Welding
  • Transport Maintenance 

Find out more from Dumfries and Galloway College about available courses.

DYW DG and the Engineering Sector 

DYW DG works with leading trainers and providers in the region to address skill gaps and identify future workforce requirements.

Contact us to find out how we can help you with succession planning and getting more young people into your workplace.

Find out more about Sector Forums in Dumfries and Galloway.


Working in partnership with DYW DG, we have had great success in targeting potential future candidates in areas to suit our operational activities within Dumfries and Galloway. Since our involvement with DYW D&G, we have successfully recruited 11 trainees within Dumfries Galloway over the last 18 months and discussed our various training programmes with around 2,500 of our young people at a number of events.

Kenny Bowie, Head of Planning and Design, SPEN, Dumfries.


SRUC’s Barony Campus students were given a unique entrepreneur opportunity thanks to DYW DG and Chamber of Commerce partnership working and support for the introduction of the ‘Entrepreneur Aspire’ Award. SRUC looks forward to offering this entrepreneur opportunity next academic year, with a possible option to include other regions within Scotland. It is a pleasure to work with DYW DG, who are so enthusiastic and supportive of our students and their business aspirations for the future.

Julie Parker, Senior Tutor, SRUC Barony Campus

The feedback from the pupils was fantastic and we were over the moon with how our first site visit went  – it was so exciting to hear how enthusiastic the young people were about a future career with the industry and how our different team members had inspired them to look at certain roles that they hadn’t necessarily thought about before.

Emma Porteous, Marketing Manager, Robinsons, Lockerbie


At Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), we are committed to advancing equality of opportunity. The partnership we have established with DWY DG will allow us to reach out to more young people, including young women. We want to highlight the variety of roles and careers in the industry and encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship with FES as a pathway into a career in forestry, and DYW DG are important and valued partners in this process.

Ashley Woodhouse, Forest Enterprise Scotland

When recruiting our new trainees, DYW DG's input and co-ordination between agencies helped invaluably in guiding us through what assistance was available and the processes therein. We would certainly use DYW’s contacts and again, especially accessing young talent.

Susan Sutherland, Crichton Executive Officer