Jobs for Mechanical Engineering degree [Mechanical engineering]

Jobs for Mechanical Engineering degree

What to do with a degree in mechanical engineering

hitchcockFilm director Allfred Hitchcock had a degree in mechanical engineering. Photograph: Cine Text / Allstar/Sportsphoto Ltd

A degree in mechanical engineering can take you a long way – a fact to which the likes of film-maker Alfred Hitchcock and automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche can testify. Porsche (unlike Hitchcock) did not gain a degree in the subject. He sneaked into undergraduate classes at the Technical University in Vienna at the end of the 19th century, where he picked up some of the mechanical engineering expertise he needed to design the distinctive and much-coveted sports car that takes his name as well as the humbler Volkswagen Beetle. For those who take the more traditional route, a degree in mechanical engineering can open doors to a wide range of sectors. Of all the engineering disciplines, it is considered the most diverse, combining maths, technology, business and management, making graduates highly sought after. Indeed, 60% of mechanical engineering students went straight into jobs after graduating in 2009.

More than half take up roles in the engineering industry but a handful go into other areas such as the public sector (7.6%) or business (3.8%).

What skills have you gained?

Your degree will have given you a thorough grounding in engineering principles, but you will also have gained a number of transferable skills, including an ability to solve problems using both logic and creative approaches; numeracy; analytical skills; an ability to prioritise and work to deadlines; and good communication skills.

Most courses have a strong focus on projects with direct relevance to the industry and offer practical experience through work placements.

What jobs can you do?

"Mechanical engineering graduates are, unsurprisingly, sought for contracting or consulting roles on the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery in industries such as manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, petroleum, pharmaceutical, mining energy and water, " says Margaret Holbrough, careers adviser at Graduate Prospects.

But a degree in mechanical engineering opens up opportunities in other areas.

"A less usual career is that of a patent agent – researching, examining and assessing applications for patents that will protect the intellectual property rights of individuals and organisations, " Holbrough says. "Careers in IT, finance and management are also possible for graduates with an interest in business and commerce."



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Other than engineering jobs, what kind of job can a mechanical engineering degree get? | Yahoo Answers

Depends on the interest of the individual, along with the engineering companies as well as the job titles that they have for you. Since you spoke to an engineer, and realized that engineering jobs at that company are not for you. Try to network into different companies to see what job titles are interesting. Otherwise, drop out of engineering and do something else related to your passions. An engineer can make a lot of money, but if he or she is unhappy, then that's problematic

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