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Project Co-Ordinator

Teledyne e2v


  • Video »
  • Case Study »
    • Teledyne is an engineering company, with its main site based in Chelmsford Essex.
    • 1000 staff work on the site in the areas of production, development and sales of products.

    Some of the products created at Teledyne include:

    • Magnetrons – a device to convert electrical power into microwave power, which is used for cancer radiotherapy to kill cancer cells.
    • Thyratron - electrical switches used in medical and science applications, procedures include cancer treatment and kidney/gall stones.
    • CCD - charge coupled device. These devices store signal as charge and transfer this to the output, which then converts the charge to voltage. These have been used in many famous space missions.
    • CMOS - complementary metal oxide semiconductors. These devices use transistors to create circuits with low power consumption, creating high speed image sensors that can capture millions of frames per second. CMOS are used in aerospace and radiography.
    • Semiconductors – devices that cater to the aerospace, industrial, medical, military, scientific and space sectors.

  • Did you know? »
    • A common perception of Engineering is that it involves a job with hard hats or dirty hands, but that is not all that engineering involves!
    • There are six main branches of Engineering: mechanical, chemical, electrical, geotechnical, civil and management.

  • Routes »

    You can become an engineer through:


    • You could do a higher national diploma or degree in any specific area of engineering, like the branches mentioned before.
    • Some courses include a year working in industry. This experience could be useful when you start applying for jobs after finishing your course. You could also arrange your own work placement with a company.


    • You could do a Level 4 and 5 Higher National Diploma in an area of engineering before looking for work.


    • Another way of getting into engineering is by doing an engineering degree apprenticeship.


    • Another option is to begin in the workplace as a technician and train on the job to become an engineer.

  • Entry Requirements »


    • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and physics


    • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course


    • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Working knowledge of science and maths
    • Persistence and determination
    • Attention to detail
    • Use your initiative
    • Analytical thinking skills
    • The ability to come up with new ways of doing things
    • Inventiveness
    • Competent at using a computer and software

  • 10 reasons why »
    1. You’ll have the power to make a difference!
    2. Help solve problems that are important to society
    3. Open to creativity
    4. High salary
    5. A job that can take you anywhere in the world
    6. Hands-on work
    7. A universal job – most companies need some type of engineer
    8. Opportunity to advance your career
    9. In demand – it is a sector where there is plenty of jobs
    10. Specialise in an area of interest

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • Project co-ordination
    • Management
    • Consultancy

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Engineers are people who use maths and science to turn ideas into reality.