Top jobs with a mechanical engineering sciences degree
Find out what you could do with a degree in mechanical, aerospace, automotive 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 Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Automotive 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. 95 per cent of our mechanical engineering sciences graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduating, and our graduates earn an average salary of £30,532 (Graduate Outcomes survey 2022).
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.
I spent my placement year at Ardingly College, working as the Lead Mechanical Design Engineer for Ardingly Solar and building a solar powered car... The car was raced in the iLumen European Solar Challenge in Zolder, Belgium, a 24-hour race for solar powered cars, where we came tenth out of 17 – an amazing achievement considering we were the only school team competing.Lucy Rushbrook, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
During my placement I spent time on-site, working on robotic devices, and also working from home doing CAD design using Solidworks. The parts I designed, which had to be compatible with hundreds of different devices, have been fitted in almost every Brooks store around the world.Ahmed Afzal, MEng 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
- 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.
During my placement I became confident about presenting ideas and findings not just to teammates but also to customers such as the Ministry of Defence. I started placement with a desire to prove my worth and make a good impression; what followed was a successful and fun year during which I gained a lot of expertise in a really interesting field of engineering.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 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.