How to set up your own engineering business: Josh's story

Meet Josh, 24, from London. He's an engineer who has set up his own company. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"For me the future really is about having fun. It's about creating this business that has a huge impact on the world."

  • Josh started his engineering career when he was 10 years old. He was obsessed with Robot Wars and liked making things

  • At 13 he started working with Chinese manufacturers and doing business with them online. He did his school work for his GCSEs in the day and in the evening he worked on his engineering projects. This experience prepared him to set up his own company, RPD International

  • He credits a lot of his success to the GCSE and A-level Physics and Maths he took at school, which gave him engineering and problem-solving skills. He's also found English really useful as it helps him with communication skills, essential in building a business and working with people across the world. He is now learning Mandarin to communicate with offices in China!

What to expect if you want to be an electronic engineer

As well as his business skills, Josh has skills in electronic engineering. If you're interested in an electronic engineering career, you can expect:

  • Electronic engineer salary: £21,000 to £65,000 average per year
  • Electronic engineer hours: 35 to 40 per week
  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need a foundation degree, HND, or degree in Electronic, Electrical Engineering, or Engineering Technology. Employers may accept qualifications in related subjects like Physics, Maths or Computer Science. See the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for courses. You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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