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Graduate jobs for mechanical engineers

Graduate mechanical engineering jobs

Lots of big engineering employers in the UK offer a specific mechanical engineering graduate scheme, but others will recruit lots of engineering disciplines onto one all-encompassing engineering graduate programme.

Equally, remember that mechanical engineers will be sought after for graduate schemes including, but not limited to, building services engineering, design engineering, fire engineering, rail engineering and water engineering. The moral of the story is not to rule an engineering job out just because it doesn’t have ‘mechanical’ in the title; look at the job description to find out which engineering disciplines are accepted. All of the job listings on this page, for example, are open to mechanical engineering students.

Formal graduate schemes are not your only option, though. Most engineering employers (especially small- and medium-sized enterprises) advertise entry-level mechanical engineering jobs as and when opportunities arise throughout the year. Read our advice on how to find jobs with small engineering firms.

What industries can mechanical engineers work in?

A mechanical engineering degree is very versatile. We spoke to engineers from different industries to find out which engineering disciplines their employers seek and, according to them, mechanical engineering students can get a job in the following 14 industries:

To find out more about your options, click on any of the fields that interest you in the list above to head to an industry overview, written by an experienced engineer in the field. You’ll find out:

  • the current, big trends and developments happening in their field
  • what working life is like for an engineer in their industry
  • how to get into their sector and the key skills you’ll need
  • the three highlights of working in their area

Becoming professionally registered

It’s common for graduates to begin working towards professional registration as an incorporated or chartered engineer. Most large engineering employers support their graduates through this process. As a mechanical engineer, it’s likely that you’ll join the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

To find out more about becoming professionally registered, have a read of our article ‘Becoming a chartered or incorporated engineer after starting a graduate job’.

Mechanical engineering salaries

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the 2016/17 academic year, which questioned graduates approximately six months after they graduated, found that the mean starting salary for engineering and technology graduates earned was £26,173. This figure covers graduates working in engineering and those who moved on to other fields.

For graduate schemes starting in 2020, the big engineering employers are typically offering £25,000 or more. Oil and gas companies are traditionally the most generous, with graduate starting salaries around the £35,000 mark.

With experience, you will see your salary increase. According to the Engineering Council’s most recent survey, the Survey of Professionally Registered Engineers and Technicians 2013, the median salary for an incorporated engineer is £45,000 and, for a chartered engineer, £60,000.

For more information on engineering salaries, head to our engineering graduate salary round-up.

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

If you’re not sure whether a career in engineering is right for you in the long term, you’ll be very pleased to know that mechanical engineering students are sought after in a range of careers, including: