Published: 18 February 2020

Top jobs with a mechanical engineering sciences degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in mechanical engineering sciences and discover some of the jobs Surrey’s graduates have recently secured in this field.

female mechanical engineering student

Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design, manufacture and optimisation of the advanced technology that enables applications such as engines, production lines, construction machinery and – increasingly as we face the future – robotics. Our mechanical engineering sciences degrees are rooted in the real world of industry and the rapidly evolving needs of the engineering sector.

One of the advantages of our mechanical engineering and related programmes in Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Medical Engineering is a common first year. This gives students the broad basis of mechanical engineering and ensures that they can communicate with engineers of different specialisations.

As well as giving them a thorough grounding in the subject, students also have opportunities to specialise in areas such as structures, materials, robotics and control and much more.

Our, mechanical engineers are sought after for their highly developed analytical, computing and managerial abilities.

"My course, projects and Professional Training placement have given me the confidence, as well as engineering and business awareness, to successfully start a career. I understand now what it means to be an engineer."

– Alexander Patton, BEng Aerospace Engineering

Careers with a mechanical engineering sciences degree

Our graduate employment record is truly outstanding due to the professional focus of our degrees, with accreditation by professional institutions (RAeS and IMechE), and the quality of our professional placements leading to high-quality graduate employment.

As well as enjoying an outstanding choice of routes to professional recognition in their own disciplines, our graduates also find that their highly developed computer skills and analytical and managerial abilities are valued in many other fields.

Jobs directly related to an economics degree include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • CAD technician
  • Contracting civil engineer
  • Control and instrumentation engineer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Nuclear engineer.

However, a degree in economics will also enable you to gain skills that would be highly relevant in other, more unexpected roles. These includes:

  • Acoustic consultant
  • Clinical technologist
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Land-based engineer
  • Mining engineer
  • Patent attorney
  • Production manager
  • Technical sales engineer
  • Water engineer.

"I’m looking forward to starting a job with Boeing – my placement company – when I graduate. They contacted me during final year to offer me a job based on my performance during my placement year which really took the pressure off and enabled me to focus on my finals."

 Jack Wood, MEng Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering sciences graduate jobs

Most of our graduates proceed directly to employment in an engineering profession. In recent years, our graduates have secured roles including:

  • PVT Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Graduate Engineer, Manufacturing Technology Centre
  • Graduate Engineer, Tata Steel
  • Graduate Mechanical Engineer, JCA Engineering
  • Graduate Systems and Test Engineer, Lockheed Martin UK
  • Graduate Vehicle Development Engineer, Gordon Murray Design
  • Reliability Engineer, ExxonMobil
  • Research Assistant, Brunel Innovation Centre.

"I spent my placement year at Ardingly College, working as the Lead Mechanical Design Engineer for Ardingly Solar and building a solar powered car. I decided on this placement as it gave me the opportunity to do design work and develop my workshop skills, while working on a renewable energy project."

 Lucy Rushbrook, BEng Mechanical Engineering

"My Professional Training Year at Airbus was far and away the best experience of my student life."

 Jack Ryan, MEng Aerospace Engineering

Discover more about our mechanical engineering degrees, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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