Published: 27 January 2022

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.

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. 93 per cent of our graduates are in work or further education 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes report 2021). This was a key factor in Surrey being named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

"McLaren is a company known for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and innovating with high performance in mind. Doing my placement there has allowed me to push myself and grow in confidence and professionalism, while enhancing my engineering skills."

Shaun Rance, MEng Automotive 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.

"Once on placement my day-to-day activities included testing products in the lab and writing documentation for protocols, reports and regulatory purposes. One of my biggest achievements was producing training materials for surgeons who use Renishaw’s medical devices. It was particularly rewarding to see work I had produced being put into practice in industry."

Emily Lane, MEng Biomedical 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 have been responsible for the full design process of parts such as moulds, joints, brackets and mechanisms, which were then manufactured, tested and integrated into a range of boat models. I’ve gained a lot from my placement experience – particularly in terms of my organisational awareness, communication skills and Siemens NX CAD skills."

– Kirill Ralin, MEng Mechanical Engineering

"My placement year really helped me to grow as an engineer and become more confident in my ability to solve engineering problems in industry. I’ve also gained invaluable teamworking experience and greatly improved my communication and time management skills."

Ahmed AfzalMEng Aerospace Engineering

Discover more about our mechanical engineering sciences degrees, our award-winning Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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