The numerical content of a mechanical engineering degree opens up a variety of opportunities in the finance and management sectors
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Aerospace engineer
- Automotive engineer
- Contracting civil engineer
- Control and instrumentation engineer
- Maintenance engineer
- Mechanical engineer
- Nuclear engineer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Corporate investment banker
- Mining engineer
- Patent attorney
- Production manager
- Technical sales engineer
- Water engineer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your search to the jobs listed here.
Employers value pre-entry work experience that relates to the career you'd like to pursue. Some degree courses offer a year in industry, which is valuable as this will help you develop your skills and commercial awareness.
If you'd like to get into engineering and your course does not offer a placement, try to secure one yourself during the summer holidays. Getting in touch directly with large engineering employers will show you take your work seriously. The work is often hands-on and provides a good insight into the engineering environment. It can also be a good idea to shadow different engineers to help you decide which area you'd like to work in.
Work experience is useful as it provides good networking opportunities - try to make contacts that may be valuable for future job prospects.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Mechanical engineering deals with the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of anything that has moving parts. Because of this, you will find relevant opportunities in a range of sectors, including:
Generally speaking, as a mechanical engineer there will be plenty of opportunities to work abroad, and you'll gain and develop the skills required for careers in business and management, IT, finance and law.
Skills for your CV
A mechanical engineering degree is a combination of maths, science, technology, business and management. Courses are designed to ensure graduates are:
- able to solve problems using both logic and creative and 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, but they'll provide you with skills that are suitable for a range of careers.
Many students enrol onto MEng programmes for their first degree. These are integrated four-year Masters courses, recognised as offering extended and enhanced programmes of study. Others complete a separate Masters after their first degree.
An EngD is essentially an industry-based PhD, combining Doctoral-level research with training in practical skills. Research engineers are usually placed with industrial (or sometimes academic) sponsors, and there is a possibility that you may be employed by your sponsor at the end of the programme.
What do mechanical engineering graduates do?
More than a quarter of graduates employed in the UK are working as mechanical engineers six months after graduation.
|Working and studying||2.7|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||61.2|
|Technicians and other professionals||7.9|
|Retail, catering and bar work||5.8|
|Business, HR and financial||5.6|
For a detailed breakdown of what mechanical engineering graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.