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Graduate jobs for manufacturing engineers

Manufacturing engineering graduate jobs

While there are some specific manufacturing engineering graduate schemes, a lot of employers prefer to recruit graduates from a number of different engineering disciplines, including manufacturing, onto one all-encompassing engineering graduate programme.

Equally, there are plenty of other jobs that are open to manufacturing engineering graduates, so don’t dismiss a programme without looking at which degree disciplines it accepts.

Some job titles to keep an eye out for include:

  • production engineer
  • automation engineer
  • process engineer
  • control and instrumentation engineer
  • naval architect

All of the jobs listed on this page, for example, accept those with a manufacturing engineering degree.

Keep in mind that joining a big, well known employer is by no means your only option. There are tons of engineering small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK who need fresh talent. As they don’t usually have the capacity to recruit multiple graduates every year, these opportunities tend to crop up as and when a vacancy arises. There are plenty of advantages to joining a smaller employer so, if this sounds like a good choice for you, find out more by reading our article on how to find great graduate jobs in small engineering firms.

What industries can manufacturing engineers work in?

A manufacturing engineering degree is very versatile. We spoke to engineers from 15 industries and 10 of them said that manufacturing engineering graduates are sought in their field. These sectors are:

If an industry above interests you, click on it to be taken to an overview of the industry. Written by an experienced engineer in the area, these overviews include what trends and developments are happening in this industry, what working life is like for an engineer in this area and how to get into it as a graduate.

Becoming professionally registered

Would you like to work towards becoming professionally registered as a chartered or incorporated engineer? If so, look into which jobs will allow you to do so. A lot of the big engineering employers state in their advertised job descriptions that they will support you to achieve chartered or incorporated status. While some smaller employers may not specify, they will usually support their graduates to take this career step if they want to. This is something you could ask about in your interview if it hasn’t been mentioned previously.

There are over 30 professional bodies that are licensed to assess candidates for inclusion on the national register of professional engineers and technicians. The institution you join will be whichever one is closest to the discipline of engineering you work in. Your degree may well be accredited by one of these institutions and you can usually become a student member of an institution for free. As well as demonstrating your commitment to a career in engineering, student membership often gives you access to resources and events.

Manufacturing engineering salaries

If you join a large employer’s graduate scheme, your starting salary is likely to be in the range of £24,000 to £30,000.

The ISE 2018 Annual Survey reported that the average starting salary for engineering graduates with ISE-affiliated companies was £30,790. Just bear in mind that ISE-affiliated organisations tend to be the bigger, well known employers. Some employers, particularly smaller engineering companies, may pay a bit less than this.

Head to our engineering salary round-up to find out more about typical graduate salaries as well as salary progression and average salaries for chartered and incorporated engineers.

What other careers can I get into with a manufacturing engineering degree?

It’s also very possible for you to pursue a career outside of engineering if you’d prefer. Several industries have told us that they look to hire engineers and appreciate their skills set, including: