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Mechanical Engineering

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Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.

Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice.  As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles. 

To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the teams

Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.

We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Ability to combine theoretical and practical engineering principles
  • Ability to turn innovative designs into profitable products
  • Able to analyse and interpret data
  • Able to apply engineering principles to real industrial problems
  • Able to evaluate designs, processes and products, and make improvements
  • Attention to detail, exercising good judgement and accepting responsibility
  • Communication with others and work in multidisciplinary teams
  • Cost-conscious and aware of the wider professional responsibilities
  • Creative and innovative problem solving
  • Numerate and highly computer literate
  • Planning and prioritising work to deadlines and under pressure

Career options

Career areas related to the Mechanical 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 taught MSc programmes:

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?

Graduates from this subject area have gone on to destinations where:

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

For more information on companies graduates work for, industry links and career opportunities, visit the subject area page of the University website.  You can also find out what our students say in our student stories of personal journeys through and beyond Loughborough and track the career journeys and Loughborough experiences of some of our alumni.


Resources to research career areas



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):