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Mechanical engineering: Your skills

A mechanical engineering degree is a combination of maths, science, technology, business and management. Throughout your studies you acquire not only an understanding of general engineering principles but also a range of transferable skills. Mechanical engineering courses are designed to ensure graduates are:

  • able to solve problems using both logic and creative/innovative approaches;
  • numerate and highly computer literate, with excellent analytical skills;
  • able to plan and prioritise, work to deadlines and under pressure;
  • cost/value-conscious and aware of the necessary social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional responsibilities;
  • capable of careful attention to detail, exercising good judgement and accepting responsibility;
  • able to communicate with others and work in multidisciplinary teams.

Most courses have a strong focus on preparation for professional practice, including projects with direct industrial relevance and actual experience in industry (via placements). You also acquire an understanding of the commercial dimension of mechanical engineering, as well as its ethical and environmental implications.

Many degrees are accredited by professional engineering bodies in recognition of the fact that they provide the knowledge and training deemed necessary to succeed in a career in this sector.

Mechanical engineering is, however, a balanced and well-rounded degree, which provides you with the skills required for a professional career in a wide range of sectors. You will be equally attractive to employers in finance, industry, consultancy and public services.

Written by AGCAS editors
October 2011

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