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Manufacturing Engineering


Manufacturing engineering as a subject is valued by employers in many sectors and our graduates do well in securing employment in engineering and technical fields as well as professional roles in non-engineering sectors.

100% of graduates* leaving manufacturing engineering courses in the 2016/17 academic year secured work or further study within six months of graduating.

Continuing to a higher degree is an option and one which can add value in a difficult labour market. Our graduates are very successful in accessing taught and research opportunities, related to their engineering studies and interests.


What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge, the degree equips you with key employability skills such as:

  • problem solving and analytical abilities
  • critical judgement
  • communication skills
  • able to plan and prioritise
  • numerate and computer literate
  • team working

The job market for manufacturing engineering graduates

The graduate labour market has improved with growth in many employment sectors, including engineering, technology and energy.

The overall numbers of vacancies for engineers has again increased with the UK industry still in urgent need of academically strong technical graduates.

Despite this, the job market for graduates remains competitive which highlights the success of our manufacturing engineering graduates in sourcing professional, well-paid positions in major companies and organisations.

Key employment sectors

Our manufacturing engineering graduates secured professional positions across a diverse range of employment sectors, but the key sectors of employment for our graduates are:

  • design and development engineering
  • engineering
  • production
  • marketing
  • management

Here is a sample of the employers who recruited our graduates

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Tata Steel
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Ford
  • Thales

..and a sample of the roles undertaken:

  • production manager
  • design engineer
  • engineering technician
  • teaching
  • marketing professional
  • graphic designer
  • planning technician

*UK full-time first degree graduates seeking employment or further study 

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