Engineering helps to produce things that improve our lives, and falls into the following categories: • chemical (from textiles to DNA) • civil (from railways to ecosystems) • electrical (from digital to power) • mechanical (from spacecraft to solar panels) Manufacturing is all about making things. Smartphones and electric vehicles have to be manufactured, along with all their smaller components. In fact, anything that needs to be produced in large quantities is part of manufacturing and engineering production. Medicines, new materials, food products, make-up and clothes have to be manufactured too - basically every man-made object!

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Developing new or existing products can make a massive improvement to our world. For example, planning to use smarter, recycled materials can lower a business’ carbon footprint and create a much more environmentally-friendly product.

People in this pathway ensure equipment in the workplace is safely used in line with environmental and health and safety regulations. This benefits the wider community when emphasis is placed on controlling air and noise pollution.

In a similar vein to pathways within the transport, distribution and logistics sector, process control plans out the effective flow of goods from manufacturing facilities to customer usage.

Once a product is installed, people with careers in this pathway must also ensure it is maintained on a regular basis and falls in line with specific regulations that have been set out in legislation.

Before a product leaves a workplace, they must be quality assured, ensuring that company and national standards are met before they are distributed effectively and sold to the public.

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