Published: 29 January 2024

Top jobs with a mechanical engineering sciences degree

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

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 degrees in Mechanical EngineeringAerospace Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering is a common first year. This gives students the broad basis of mechanical engineering and ensures that they can work with engineers in 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 mechanical engineering sciences graduates are in work or further study after graduating, and our graduates earn an average salary of £31,026 (Graduate Outcome 2023, HESA). 

Many of our students boost their employability by taking advantage of our exceptional Professional Training placement programme, which enables you to spend a year gaining valuable work experience with a relevant company, and often leads to a job offer on graduation. This is one reason why we were awarded Best University Careers/Employability Service at the National University Employability Awards 2022.

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

However, a degree in mechanical engineering sciences 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.

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 Medical Devices Engineer, Renishaw
  • 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.


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

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