Mechanical Engineering: career prospects for graduates

Construction and production are the two main components of this degree program. Graduates who work in construction are responsible for designing and developing machine systems, elements, or subsystems and developing approaches for solving complex technical issues. Graduates who work in production analyze and improve production processes at all stages of a manufacturing or processing procedure, from development, construction, and preparation to assembly and initial startup of production machinery.

Graduates of this degree program are unique in that they have a solid foundation in natural science to rely on as they identify problems, and find solutions for those problems by developing, designing, and preparing work for innovative products, devices, and production equipment; and plan resources needed for production and control their deployment. In other words, they work at the intersection of materials, organizational and technical resources, scientific knowledge, production experience, technical system expertise, and money.

What core industries and sectors employ graduates?

  • Machine building industry
  • Metal industry
  • Electrical industry
  • Automotive construction and maintenance
  • Precision engineering, optics
  • Construction, architecture
  • Transportation, traffic
  • Chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics
  • Food, beverage, and tobacco manufacturing
  • Paper, printing
  • Textile, clothing, leather

What jobs and functions do graduates perform?

  • Development
  • Construction
  • Production and manufacturing
  • Maintenance
  • Logistics
  • Project planning
  • Sales and distribution
  • Training

What are some of their typical tasks and activities?

  • Designing and developing machine systems, elements, or subsystems (machinery, machine parts, interfaces, equipment)
  • Developing approaches to solutions for complex technical issues
  • Carrying out limited design tasks
  • Providing project support (design, construction, documentation)
  • Determining manufacturing guidelines, measurements, tolerances, and material requirements
  • Analyzing production problems during the development phase
  • Preparing prototypes using computer-assisted production technologies (e.g. CAD)
  • Analyzing and improving manufacturing processes
  • Planning and monitoring resources
  • Planning and organizing the operational production of mechanical components and systems and selecting the necessary manufacturing procedures, materials, and machinery
  • Performing maintenance and repairs
  • Processing construction changes
  • Quality assurance and trials
  • Working with systematic problem solving strategies, moderating interdisciplinary working groups, and providing support for making technical and business decisions
  • Communicating mechanical engineering matters and business aspects in English on intercultural teams with business contacts