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

Materials 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 your department, please contact the following staff:

Further information can be found on your department Learn placement page here

Key skills developed during your degree

  • A high standard of numeracy
  • Commercial awareness and business skills.
  • Creative and innovative problem solving.
  • IT competency and computer-modelling experience
  • Research and report-writing skills
  • The ability to analyse and interpret data.
  • The ability to evaluate designs, processes and products, and make improvements.
  • The capability to work in multi-strength teams.
  • Time management, planning and organisational skills

Career options

Careers directly related to your degree:

Careers where degree would be useful:

Further study

Further study at Loughborough University:

The Department of Materials Engineering offers two postgraduate taught masters programmes.

There are various postgraduate research opportunities from funded PhDs within Materials Engineering to study within the several doctoral training centres with which AACME is partnered.

Further study elsewhere:

Postgraduate taught programmes:

PhD opportunities:

Where do graduates go?

What do Loughborough Materials Engineering graduates do?

Six months after graduating in 2017…

For Materials Engineering

  • Main activity: 98% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £26,539 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry locations (professional level roles): 12% stayed in the East Midlands, 26% were in London, 21% were in the West Midlands, 15% were in the South East, 9% were in the South West, 9% were in Yorkshire & the Humber, 6% were in the North West, and 3% were in Wales.
  • Industry sectors (professional level roles): 43% were in manufacturing, 26% were in professional, scientific and technical activities, 9% were in information and communication, 6% were in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, 3% were in administrative and support service activities, 3% were in construction, 3% were in education, 3% were in public administration and defence; compulsory social security, 3% were in real estate activities, and 3% were in wholesale and retail, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

Employers included:

Airbus, Atkins, BAE Systems, Bentley Motors Ltd, Cadent Gas, E.ON, Fibre Extrusion Technology Ltd, IBM, Intertek, National Composites Centre, Parker Hannifin, Pirelli Tyres, QinetiQ, Renishaw, Sky.

Roles included:

Design Engineer, Materials Engineer, Process Engineer, Product Design Engineer, Quality and Materials Engineer, Research and Development Project Manager, R&D Engineering Materials Testing and Characterisation, Research Engineer, Technologist, Technology Consultant, Transport Technology Consultant, Finance Analyst.

Further Study included:

MSc Additive Manufacturing, MSc Materials Science and Technology, MSc Medical Engineering Design, MSc Renewable Energy, MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology, MSc (RES) Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, PhD Engineering, PhD in Materials Science.

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):