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Manufacturing 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:


Placements Administrator                                          Jenny Noakes           

Placements Administrator                                          Charlie Hague          

Director of Professional Training                                Dr Darren Watts       

Industrial Professional Placements Co-ordinator      Melissa Ingleton       


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

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Able to analyse and interpret data
  • Able to evaluate designs, processes and products, and make improvements
  • Attention to detail, exercising good judgement and accepting responsibility
  • Business organisation and human resource management
  • Communication with others and work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Cost-conscious and aware of the wider professional responsibilities
  • Creative and innovative problem solving
  • Knowledge of manufacturing technologies and processes
  • Numerate and highly computer literate
  • Planning and prioritising work to deadlines and under pressure
  • Understanding of technology management

Career options

Career areas related to the Manufacturing Engineering courses:

Careers where your degree would be useful:

Options for engineers from the Wolfson School are varied and plentiful. The majority begin careers in discipline related engineering roles within medium to large companies.  However, some graduates use the personal rather than technical skills that they have developed to enter alternative professions such as business, finance, consultancy and teaching.

*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 Wolfson School offers postgraduate taught programmes including:

The Wolfson 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 Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering graduates do?

Six months after graduating in 2017…

For Mechanical and Manufacturing courses in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Main activity: 95% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £26,988 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry locations (professional level roles): 16% stayed in the East Midlands, 18% in the South East, 16% in London, 16% in the West Midlands, 13% in the East of England, 10% in the South West, 5% in the North West, 3% in Yorkshire & the Humber, 2% in Scotland and 2% in Wales.
  • Industry sectors (professional level roles): 46% were in manufacturing, 20% were in professional, scientific and technical activities, 9% were in wholesale and retail trade; repair of vehicle and motorcycles, 7% were in information and communication, 5% were in public administration and defence; compulsory social security, 2% were in construction, 2% were in financial and insurance activities, 2% were in arts, entertainment and recreation, 2% were in electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, 1% were in administrative and support service activities, 1% were in agriculture, forestry and fishing, 1% were in education, 1% were in mining and quarrying, 1% were in other service activities, 1% were in transport and storage.

Employers included:

BP, Cambridge Medical Robotics, Caterpillar, Cummins, Dyson Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover, Martin-Baker Aircraft Company, McLaren Automotive, Renishaw, Ricardo, Rolls-Royce, Royal Navy, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Transport for London, Triumph Motorcycles, Hitachi Consulting, JP Morgan.

Roles included:

Design Engineer, Manufacturing Systems and Process Engineer, Marine Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Building Services Consultant, Packaging Engineer, Project Engineer, Robotics Software Engineer, Technical Design Engineer, Tooling Engineer Powertrain Manufacturing, Web Developer, Project Analyst, Technology Consultant-Analyst, Financial Analyst.

Further Study included:

MBA Business, MSc Engineering Design, MSc Engineering with Finance, MSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology, MRes Medical Device Design & Entrepreneurship, PhD Embedded Intelligence, PhD Sports Technology.

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.

  • See Careers Online on our website for vacancies and opportunities
  • Check out the Engineering Departments engineeringPLUS database of placements for undergraduate engineers

Other useful links:

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)

Professional bodies:

Sector and labour market information (LMI):