The research was carried out by the Engineering Employers' Federation and found that three-quarters of firms are struggling to find staff with adequate skills, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Nearly half said this is the biggest concern they are facing at present, while others also reported not receiving many applicants for each position advertised.
Although six in ten of the companies polled said they intend to increase the amount they spend on training over the next two years, many are being forced to plug skills gaps with foreign staff.
EEF head of employment Tim Thomas said the government needs to put business owners "in the driving seat" more by allowing them to decide how to train apprentices and where to route public funding.
The Royal Academy of Engineering recently welcomed the coalition's decision to rework an engineering diploma, with the new courses expected the start in 2014, BBC News reported.
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