More about the Isle of Man Engineering Sector

The island has an established engineering sector which not only supports the island but also supports diverse markets across the world. The sector continues to innovate, broaden and thrive on the world stage of engineering. The sector comprises of around 150 companies employing over 2000 people. Sector activities range from research & development, design, manufacture, assembly, test and delivery of products and services for a range of differing markets and applications.

The sector is a very dynamic and active player in the island's economic prosperity. Its ability to turn an idea or raw material competitively into something of high value that other companies or people are willing to pay for, together with the range of activities and markets it is involved with has ensured the sector has thrived over the past 70 years. 

The sector has generally grown year on year and a number of companies based here operate globally.

The sector is primarily involved with mechanical engineering via manufacturing, assembly and testing of components, with some research & development and design activities.

The sector can be categorised as comprising three main sub sectors:

  • Precision engineering
  • General manufacturing
  • Support services

Companies are involved with providing world class products and services around the globe often using advanced technologies, innovative methods and the most important - involving competent and enthused people.

If you thrive on challenge, are creative and like developing innovative solutions to complex issues, enjoy working with like minded people, to tight timescales then look no further - our sector is for you. 

The sector is very supportive of ensuring island residents are aware of the opportunities in the field of engineering, what qualifications and competencies are needed and how to develop them for employment, and this is demonstrated by a number of companies, through the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce STEM Committee who set up and have run the ACE (Awareness of Careers in Engineering) programme for over 10 years.  



The island's engineering and manufacturing companies deliver:

  • hundreds of millions in Sales (£) - much of this is for export,
  • millions in salaries and wages (£) - feeds back into the local economy,
  • average salaries higher than most other sectors - with jobs at all levels, and
  • about 2300 jobs with around 146 companies (large and small).