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Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineering as a subject is valued by employers in many sectors and the University of Nottingham graduates do especially well in securing employment in engineering and technical fields as well as professional roles in non-engineering sectors.

99% of graduates* leaving mechanical engineering courses in the 2016/17 academic year secured work or futher study within six months of graduating.

Continuing to a higher degree is a popular option and one which can add value in a competitive 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
  • creative and innovative thinking
  • communication skills
  • numerate and highly computer literate
  • able to plan and prioritise
  • team working

The job market for mechanical engineering graduates

The graduate labour market has improved with growth in many employment sectors, including aerospace, technology and rail. The UK industry is also still in urgent need of academically strong technical graduates.

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

Alexander Stephens - mechanical engineering graduate

Alexander works for Bouygues, a UK construction company. In this short video he talks about his role, why he moved into the construction sector and, the knowledge and skills he developed during his degree that he uses every day in his job.



Key employment sectors

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

  • aviation
  • automotive
  • energy
  • construction
  • rail

A sample of the employers who recruited our graduates:

  • BP
  • BAE Systems
  • Costain
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Ford
  • General Electric
  • Interfleet

... and a sample of roles undertaken:

  • mechanical engineer
  • design and development engineer
  • engineering technician
  • production and process engineer
  • chartered accountant
  • researcher
  • quality assurance technician

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

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