95% of our graduates are in work or further study
85% of our graduates are in highly skilled work or further study
£26,000 Median Salary of Graduates in full-time employment in the UK
Your degree opens the door to graduate careers in a range of work sectors. The following overview from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers highlights some of the key areas that may be of interest.
Aerospace engineers are all about flight, whether that’s planes, missiles or rockets. They design more fuel-efficient aircraft that cut emissions, satellites that power modern GPS technology, and create the next generation of spacecraft. They also work on components that make up aircraft such as landing gear and engines. Specialist areas include:
- Materials and Structures
- Systems Integration
Automobile engineers design, develop and produce vehicles and their constituent parts; the three main disciplines are:
- retail vehicles
- mass transportation
Within these fields, an engineer will usually specialise in a particular working area, including bodywork, engine systems, fuel technology and emissions, electronics and control systems, fluid mechanics and aerodynamics.
Biomedical engineering, also known as medical engineering or bioengineering is the integration of professional engineering with medical knowledge of the human body. Mechanical engineers contribute to producing lifelike artificial limbs, pacemakers, artificial valves and even robotic surgical assistants as well as the running blades used at Paralympic events.
Construction and building
Major construction projects depend on mechanical engineers to focus on the details. This could mean designing the heating, cooling and ventilation systems for a 28-storey hotel, choosing the best way to deliver mains gas to an entire housing estate, or making sure a new metro tunnel project incorporates other services to make the most of under-city space.
Whether it’s high-volume, mass-produced goods, or specialist, ultra-tech equipment, Mechanical Engineers create the machines and technology that design and produce the goods our growing population relies on.
Marine and maritime
A buoyant world trade, thriving leisure industry and the need for defence of nations’ coastal waters and overseas interests, all mean that ships, boats and other marine vehicles will continue to be required. New challenges, such as the need for environmental protection and security also impact on vessel technology. Mechanical Engineers provide innovative design, construction, installation and repair solutions for all kinds of marine vehicles as well as offshore installations.
Mechanical engineers power the world by generating and delivering the energy we need. This could mean designing nuclear power plants or biomass boilers, planning new long-distance grid connections, or storing power sustainably in solar storage cells or giant hydroelectric ‘batteries’ buried under mountains.
Process engineers assess mechanical processes and find ways to make them more efficient, safer, and deliver better quality. This means they directly affect almost every major mechanical industry in the world, from water supply and oil & gas through to pharmaceuticals and food manufacturing.
From track, signals and trains, to ticket barriers and tunnels; even elaborate control systems are the responsibility of engineers. New solutions are needed to deal with record passenger numbers worldwide, build thousands of miles of high speed railways, and develop faster propulsion methods.
Some of the occupations you could consider with a degree in Mechanical Engineering or Marine Technology include:
Researching your career options
With a vast array of options open to you, it’s worth spending some time on researching your career options. Prospects and TargetJobs offer a great start with more detail available from the professional bodies such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Career and vacancy boards
Equality and diversity
Below is a snapshot of what some of our Mechanical and Marine Engineering graduates told us they were doing when they were surveyed 15 months after graduation.
- Development Engineer
- Engineering Officer
- Graduate Automotive Engineer
- Graduate Design Engineer
- Graduate Engineer
- Graduate Mechanical Engineer
- Mechanical Engineering
- Graduate Project Engineer
- Research and Design Development Engineer
- Graduate Manufacturing Engineer
- Weapons Engineer Officer Cadet
Over the years, our graduates have secured fulfilling roles with employers including:
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 24 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.