Mechanical Engineering Graduate Jobs

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Mechanical Engineering Graduate Jobs overview

Mechanical engineering is an extremely diverse field that covers the design, organisation, management, construction, operation and maintenance of mechanical equipment and machinery. Therefore, any company that designs or produces a product can require mechanical engineering graduates.

As technological innovation has continued to advance, the need for mechanical engineers has increased and there has been over 18% growth in employment in the past five years.

Types of mechanical engineering jobs

In many jobs mechanical engineering graduates will be specialists, applying their knowledge and skills to specific aspects of an employer’s technical operations.

There are a number of mechanical engineering jobs, including:

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Naval Architect
  • Consultant
  • Robotics Engineer

Mechanical engineering graduates generally work in engineering services, manufacturing industries, research and development, or with state and federal governments.

Major industry employers

There is a broad range of industries that employ mechanical engineers including:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Construction
  • Defence
  • Electronics
  • Communication
  • Healthcare Technologies
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods
  • Marine
  • Materials and Metals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Utilities
  • Robotics
  • Rail
  • Transportation

What to expect as a graduate

The majority of mechanical engineering graduates, 72%, found full-time employment four months after graduating and enjoyed a higher than average starting wage of $55,000 to $60,000 per year.

The majority of mechanical engineering graduates will find work in either Victoria, NSW or Queensland, which are the top three regions in Australia for employment in this sector. Graduate opportunities in Western Australia have decreased in recent years.

How to find work

Many companies hire mechanical engineering graduates through graduate programs. These can be found on job boards and at university career expos.

The Engineers Australia website is also a good resource for graduates.

Mechanical engineers are listed as an occupation in demand in Australia, so graduates from overseas who studied in Australia can apply for a visa under the General Skilled Migration Program.


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