Why choose engineering – and what’s it like to work at the Carfulan Group?

Challenging an individual’s creativity, resourcefulness, teamwork skills and flexibility, a career in the engineering industry is quite unlike any other.

Whether it’s space exploration, disease prevention, tackling poverty, creating the next jet engine or safeguarding the future of the planet, the opportunities to leave a lasting impact on the world are endless.

Estimates suggest that more than 100,000 skilled workers are needed in the UK just to keep up with demand in the sector between now and 2024, so job security is never likely to be an issue.

Well-qualified problem-solvers are coveted in all walks of life, meaning your unique skill set is sure to be rewarded with a competitive salary.

At the Carfulan Group, we regard our people as our most important asset. A dynamic and forward-thinking approach has led to a staffing increase of 400% since 2002, and we now work with more than 700 customers in the UK and Ireland.

Across four divisions – OGP UK, SYS Systems, ZOLLER UK and VICIVISION UK – our experienced teams provide the full range of the most advanced manufacturing technology solutions available.

We specialise in multi-sensor inspection equipment, 3D-printing technology, tool presetting and inspection devices and turned-part measurement solutions, and for the past two years we have been named the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report.

The publication celebrates the nation’s most outstanding small to medium-sized businesses and, to make the cut, companies must show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.

In sectors such as medicine, aerospace, automotive, defence, petrochemical and consumer goods, huge advancements have been made thanks to the vision of our engineers, driven on by their commitment to our customers.

By supplying best-in-class technologies alongside an unrivalled level of service, the Carfulan Group equips businesses to excel in a world of constantly evolving innovations, where parts are becomingly increasingly complex to make and accuracy is paramount.

The ‘three Ps’

On the walls of our state-of-the-art facility near Derby, inscribed in bold black lettering, are the words Precision, Performance, Perfected.


Since the company’s inception, the ‘three Ps’ have been our driving force. They are ingrained into our culture, the lifeblood of our people, and set at the very heart of the many special things we have accomplished both with and for our customers.

In living by our values, we provide clients old and new with the very best opportunity to flourish under the demands of Industry 4.0.

Thanks to a combination of world-leading machinery, intuitive software, unmatched engineering knowledge and a desire to achieve perfection, it’s not a question of if our technologies can improve the way manufacturers work – it’s a question of by how much.

‘Professional but relaxed’

We are always looking to identify new talent to join our team – and we strive to provide rewarding careers to those that do.

Ed Cartwright and Cameron Reeves

The pair spent two years learning on the job and, after completing a range of assessments in subjects as diverse as mechanical engineering, mathematics and electronics, they were recognised with an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Engineering Technical Support).

Cameron said: “It’s been great to get work experience while doing my qualifications at the same time. Coming into such a fast-paced business means you go from zero to 100mph in terms of your engineering knowledge.

“You have to know a wide range of products and there’s so much to take in, which has been one of the biggest challenges, but it’s nice as you’re not put under any pressure – there’s a freedom to make mistakes.

“I’m very lucky to work with a very supportive team who always want to help you and pass on knowledge. The fact I learn something new every day is very challenging and rewarding at the same time.”

Ed said: “It’s a professional but relaxed working environment at the Carfulan Group, with everyone happy to talk to you and give you their time.

“The people I work with and the variety of everyday work are what I enjoy most. Being able to visit all sorts of different areas within the tooling/manufacturing industry is very interesting, and the support offered by the other engineers makes it easy to take on any challenge.”