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School of Aeronautical and Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering (AACME)

Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Your careers team

Ruth Grainger and Joss Moffatt - Careers Consultants

Based in the Bridgeman Building, Ruth and Joss can support you with:

  • Finding and applying for jobs, placements and opportunities. They offer Quick Advice careers appointments, both in Bridgeman Building and within the engineering departments that you can book via Careers Online. (You may be seen by one of our other Careers Consultants.)
  • Exploring your career options with a 30 minute Careers Consultation.
  • Mock interviews to help you prepare via a consultation.
  • Presentations and workshops within departments.
  • Workshops on topics such as CVs and interview techniques, and assessment centres.

Tracy Salsbury, Employability Development Officer

Based in the Bridgeman building, Tracy can support you with:

  • Finding and applying for jobs, placements and opportunities, and developing your skills and employability. She has bookable Quick Advice appointments both in Bridgeman Building and within the engineering departments that you can book via Careers Online.
  • Meet her at talks, workshops, drop-ins and careers events.

For more information on placements in this department, please contact the following staff:

  • DIS Administrator                      Christine Carlton 
  • DIS Co-ordinator                       Dr Andrew Watson

Further information can be found on your department learn placements page.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Computer programming
  • Confidence
  • Initiative
  • Numeracy
  • Practical, environmental and business awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Professional competence
  • Project management
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Team working
  • Time management

Career options

Career areas related to the Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering courses:

Careers where your degree would be useful:

The engineering career options are very broad. The majority of graduates move into design engineering roles within large companies, opportunities within HM Forces and students who excel academically can progress to postgraduate studies.  The department's degrees are, however, balanced and well-rounded, providing you with the skills required for a professional career in a wide range of sectors; you will be equally attractive to employers in finance, industry, consultancy and public services.

*You can also look at other course pages depending on other modules you have taken and/or are interested in*

Further study

Further study at Loughborough University:

The School of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering offers a taught MSc programme in Automotive Systems Engineering the modules of which can also be run as short courses for automotive engineering professionals.

The school offers postgraduate research opportunities including PhD and some MPhil degrees.

 Further study elsewhere:

Postgraduate Taught programmes:

PhD opportunities:

Professional development websites:

Where do graduates go?

What do Loughborough Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering graduates do?

Six months after graduating in 2017…

For Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

  • Main activity: 91% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £26,700 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry locations (professional level roles): 30% stayed in the East Midlands, 22% in the West Midlands, 13% in the South East, 9% in the South West, 7% in the East of England, 6% in London, 4% in the North West, 2% in the Channel Isles, 2% in the North East, 2% in Northern Ireland, 2% in Yorkshire & the Humber and 2% in Wales.
  • Industry sectors (professional level roles): 54% were in manufacturing, 14% were in public administration and defence, 9% were in information and communication, 7% were in education, 4% were in arts, entertainment and recreation, 4% were in professional, scientific and technical activities, 4% were in wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, 2% were in construction, 2% were in financial and insurance activities, and 2% in transport and storage.

Employers included:

Airbus, Cummins, Deloitte, Jaguar Land Rover, Johnson Matthey, Leonardo Helicopter Division, Rolls-Royce, Sky, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Zodiac Seats UK.

Roles included:

Aeronautical Engineer, Applications Engineer, Associate Software Developer, Commodity Acquisitions Engineer, Engineering Consultant in Motorsports, Graduate Landing Gear Engineer, Legislation Engineer, Test Engineer, Merchandiser, Digital Media Intern.

Further Study included:

MSc Automotive Engineering, MSc Advanced Composites, MSc Sports Bio Mechanics, MRes in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics, PhD Fuel Cells

Further information

  • eGEMS gives access to destinations information for Loughborough graduates at school and course level.
  • View Graduate Profiles from this department


Resources to research career areas


Resources to find work experience, placements and graduate jobs

Students have the option of taking a year-long placement in industry which provides an invaluable opportunity to develop their professional and technical skills further.

Additionally, we advertise many opportunities for summer internships and encourage students to gain experience valuable in the workplace through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, committee memberships, work-shadowing and part-time work.

Other useful links:

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)

Professional bodies:

Sector and labour market information (LMI):