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School of Mechanical Engineering



Careers in the field of mechanical engineering are wide-ranging and employment prospects are excellent. According to the IMechE the average starting salary for a graduate Mechanical Engineer in the UK is £26,000.

You will find many of our graduates working as Graduate Mechanical Engineers, Design Engineers, Graduate Project Managers, Product Design Engineers, Production Engineers, Mechanical Design Coordinators, Supply Managers and Territory Managers for organisations such as AMEC, BAE Systems, Thales,
Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Cameron, Red-Bull Racing, Mars,
Nestlé, Shell, and National Instruments. Graduates also find employment outside of the engineering industry, where their numerate problem solving skills are valued.

The School’s engagement with industry is evident in the fourth year team projects, which involve working closely with an industrial partner to deliver real engineering solutions. The collaborations ensure that, in addition to developing graduates with excellent technical capabilities, our graduates are well versed in working in a professional environment and are ready to become future leaders in their chosen field.

The companies we work with range from major transnational organisations such as BP, Shell, National Instruments and Rolls- Royce to leading high-technology companies such as Surgical Innovations. The School’s strong industrial links is one of the many reasons why our graduates are highly sought after by employers. It also ensures that your course is industry-orientated and that material is up to date.

Our staff work with numerous companies on wide-ranging research and consultancy projects. We also organise a range of industrial visits and offer additional seminars delivered by practising engineers and other professionals. This means that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course.

Our degrees will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in industry, including design, problem solving, engineering ethics, numeracy and analysis skills, together with ‘transferable skills’, such as communication and working as a team.

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Industrial placements

All of our courses allow you to undertake work experience as part of your degree in the form of a 12 month industrial placement which usually takes place between years two and three, and have the phrase 'with Industrial Placement Year' added to your degree title.

A placement year option allows you to spend time in industry with one of the hundreds of companies that the University works with each year and can help you gain the skills valued by employers, as well as developing enterprise skills.
Watch our employability videos to hear some of our students across the Faculty talking about their industrial placement experiences.

Our dedicated employability team, located within the Faculty, will provide you with support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year in industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

You will also benefit from timetabled employability sessions (one hour per week) and full on-going support during internships and placements.

For more information on our approach to graduate employability, please see:

Summer research placements

Our research groups offer a number of paid summer internships to work on research projects at the end of years 2 and 3. This gives you the opportunity to work with world class academics on ground breaking technologies and allow you to experience the possibilities of following a research career at the end of your degree.

Part-time work
Many students work part-time, either for the extra money or to gain valuable experience and to improve their future employability. Either way you will find plenty of opportunities through our student employment service - Joblink. This is based on campus in the Students' Union.

Study abroad

The Study Abroad option is available on all of our courses. You may choose to spend a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, North America or even the Far East.

Increasingly valued by employers, this option provides you with a fantastic opportunity to experience life in another country and a different culture. Students who have participated say that they found it a life-changing experience. The Study Abroad programme can help you gain confidence, broaden your horizons and develop skills and experiences which can improve your employability.

If you have foreign language skills, ERASMUS exchanges are available to several European countries. If you wish to take part in this programme you may be able to take an additional module in your first year to enhance your language skills.

To find out more visit our Study Abroad website.


Engineering Employability Team
Our dedicated employability team, located within the Faculty, will provide you with support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year in industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

You will also benefit from timetabled employability sessions (one hour per week) and full on-going support during internships and placements.

Careers Centre
Our on-campus Careers Centre is one of the largest in the country. It offers an excellent range of services and has a great relationship with graduate recruiters. The Careers Centre is the place to get advice about what to do after university, help with finding work experience, improving your CV and dealing with job applications. The Careers Centre also holds training events and workshops to assist you with your career progression.

Engineering and Computing Careers Fair
The Faculty of Engineering holds an Engineering and Computing Careers Fair, annually, which attracts over 40 graduate recruiters including organisations such as 2e2, AECOM, Atkins, BP, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre, Interfleet Technology Ltd, Network Rail, Procter & Gamble Product Supply, PwC and Unilever Leeds, to name but a few.

As well as the Engineering Careers Fair, you can explore career opportunities at many other careers fairs and presentations that are organised throughout the year by the University’s Careers Centre. Some of the UK’s top recruiters also visit the Faculty to deliver presentations and workshops specifically for our engineering and computing students.

Leeds for Life

Leeds for Life is an unique approach to helping you make the most of the University and prepare for your career from day one. Leeds for Life will help you enhance your employability by highlighting the wide range of co-curricular opportunities on offer from the University and the Students’ Union. You can join
societies, get involved in volunteering and undertake projects in the UK or overseas, or you can attend academic conferences that will help you develop your knowledge and skills. You can also access valuable career insights from our diverse graduate community via our online career networking tool, Leeds Network.

At the heart of Leeds for Life is personal tutoring where you receive structured one-to-one meetings to support your personal and academic development. This ensures that you not only do well in your degree, but also become a confident, articulate and highly employable graduate.

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