Charting Your Path: A Guide to Becoming a Pump Engineer
The market size of the Pump Manufacturing industry in the UK has grown 4.0% per year on average between 2017 and 2022 and increased by 9.6% in 2022 to £2.0bn, showing no signs of slowing down into 2023 and beyond.
The decision to become a pump engineer, like any career choice, depends on individual interests, skills, and goals. Pump engineers are responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing various types of pumps used in industries such as manufacturing, water treatment, and HVAC systems. If you have a curiosity for technology, or are interested in the following, it could be a career worth considering:
- Fluid Mechanics: Pump engineers work with fluid dynamics, which can be fascinating for individuals who are curious about how liquids and gases behave and interact in various systems.
- Problem Solving: Pump engineers often encounter complex challenges related to fluid flow, pressure, and system efficiency.
- Diverse Applications: Pumps are used in various sectors, including water and wastewater treatment, oil and gas, manufacturing, agriculture, and more.
- Environmental Impact: Pump engineers can contribute to environmentally sustainable solutions by designing and optimizing systems for energy efficiency and reducing waste in fluid handling processes.
- Engineering Skills: Becoming a pump engineer often requires a strong foundation in engineering principles.
- Job Demand & Career Growth: Pumps are integral components of many industrial processes, and there is a consistent demand for pump engineers. With experience and expertise, you can advance your career to take on roles with more responsibilities.
- Financial Rewards: Pump engineering can offer competitive salaries and benefits.
Sound like something you would be interested in and want to find out more? We’ve put together a step-by-step guide on what it takes and how to become a Pump Engineer:
Step 1: Educational Requirements: Start by obtaining good grades especially in subjects like mathematics, physics, and engineering if available. After GCSEs, you can pursue A-levels in relevant subjects, although it’s not mandatory.
Consider enrolling in a higher education program related to mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or a similar field. You can choose from various options like a bachelor’s degree (BEng) in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or mechatronics. Alternatively, you can go for a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) in mechanical or electrical engineering.
Step 2: Gain Practical Experience: Many pump engineers start their careers as apprentices where you can receive hands-on training and valuable experience. Look for apprenticeship opportunities offered by engineering companies or organisations. You can also seek internships or part-time jobs in engineering firms or maintenance companies to gain practical experience which will help you build your skills and make valuable industry connections.
Step 3: Develop Skills and Knowledge: Develop skills in mechanical and electrical engineering, including the ability to read technical drawings, troubleshoot problems, and work with various tools and equipment. Stay updated with the latest developments in the pump engineering field. Join professional organizations like the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to access resources and networking opportunities.
Step 4: Obtain Relevant Certifications: While not always required, certifications can enhance your credibility and job prospects as a pump engineer. Consider obtaining certifications such as a Pump System Assessment Certificate which is offered by organisations like the British Pump Manufacturers’ Association (BPMA), this certificate validates your ability to assess and troubleshoot pump systems, and also ensuring that you have relevant health and safety certifications like NEBOSH or IOSH to work safely in industrial environments.
Step 5: Build a Portfolio: As you gain experience, create a portfolio showcasing your work, projects, and certifications. This will be useful when applying for jobs or contracts as a pump engineer.
Step 6: Job Search: Wallace Hind have a specialist engineering team and have experience of recruiting into the pump industry and would be delighted to help you within your career. Be sure to get in touch with Louise Ozier, LO@wallacehind.com, 01604 683324 for more information.
Step 7: Continuous Learning and Professional Development: Pump technology is continually evolving, so it’s crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements. Consider pursuing further education or training courses to expand your knowledge and skills.
Step 8: Gain Chartered Engineer Status: If you aspire to advance your career further, you can work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) through a recognised engineering institution like IMechE or IET. This status demonstrates your expertise and professionalism in the field.
Becoming a pump engineer in the UK requires dedication, education, and practical experience. It’s essential to continually improve your skills and knowledge to excel in this field and ensure the safe and efficient operation of pump systems.
If you would like to discuss any of the above and are interested in a career as a Pump Engineer or have a Vacancy you would like to discuss, contact Louise Ozier, LO@wallacehind.com, 01604 683324 for more information!