Careers and Entrepreneurship

Mechanical & Automotive Engineering

Find out what you can do with a Mechanical and Automotive Engineering degree and what previous graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

Mechanical, Automotive and Aerospace EngineeringProduct DesignIT, Computing and Data ScienceFood, Drink and FMCG - Energy and Utilities - Teaching 

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at other career areas, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex Mechanical Engineering graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex Mechanical Engineering graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2018, 85% of respondents were in work or further study. 95% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

Here are some examples of job roles, employers and further study that Mechanical Engineering graduates have gone on to do over the last few years:

Employers: Jaguar Land Rover - Southern Water - Ford Motor Company - Triumph - AECOM - Hoare Lea - Leonardo - Martin-Baker - Big Foot Systems - Cablecraft - Hydrock - Ladbrokes - Canary Wharf Group - deVere Group

Job roles: Graduate Research Engineer - Software Development Engineer - Mechanical Engineer - Design Engineer - Graduate Consultant Engineer - Graduate Engineer - Pyrotechnic Manufacturing Engineer - Quantitative Analyst - Assistant Project Manager - Associate Wealth Adviser

Further study: MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Sussex) - PhD Engineering (Sussex) - MSc Biomedical Engineering (University of Surrey) - MSc Petroleum Engineering (University of Aberdeen) - MSc Advanced Nuclear Engineering (Imperial College London) - MSc Renewable Energy (Cranfield University)

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Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start. You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

Summer internships and placement years are common in this sector and applications for these open in the autumn/winter of your second year. Graduate schemes are also common in this sector and students who have impressed during summer internships or placement years may be invited back as a graduate. 

When writing your CV and covering letter for work experience, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from Mechnical Engineering include attention to detail, critical judgement, flexibility, independent thinking, problem solving and project management. 

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

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