Engineering in Scotland

Scotland has a long and proud history of engineering, from James Watt's steam engine, to William Arrol and Co's Forth Road Bridge and more recently the Falkirk Wheel. Every part of our daily life is affected by the work of engineers, past and present.

There are currently at least 7,800 engineering companies in the country, employing over 220,000 people with a wide range of skills. The industry itself has changed in recent years but remains vital to the Scottish economy. Historically, Scotland has been famous for heavy engineering with the River Clyde once being the world's pre-eminent shipbuilding centre. Although these industries have declined, modern engineering disciplines such as aerospace, electronic and energy engineering industries are flourishing.

Currently over 37% of engineering positions in Scotland are held by women.

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