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05/05/2022

Thinking of becoming an engineer? Here’s why you should pick mechanical

There are many options for becoming an engineer in today's world, but here are some reasons why you should pursue a mechanical engineering career.

What exactly does a mechanical engineer do?

Mechanical engineers spend a lot of time analysing mechanical and thermal devices. Mechanical devices have moving parts when they work, often using power from an engine or electricity. Thermal devices are much simpler than you might think, consisting of devices such as ovens, hot plates, and furnaces. It's more than just studying an oven; it's about understanding a material's behaviour at different temperatures, which is critical for the successful design, processing, and end-use of the product. Thermal analysis typically measures heat flow, weight loss, and dimension change.

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Not only do mechanical engineers create a product, but they will also test prototypes of new designs and devices and implement ideas into the models. A mechanical engineering career is very diverse, so a degree in this industry can lead to a variety of graduate mechanical engineering jobs;

·         Automotive Engineer

·         Aerospace Engineer

·         Biomedical Engineer

·         HVAC Engineer

·         Petroleum Engineer

Sound interesting? A mechanical engineering degree can help you learn to leave your mark in this industry by assisting in the resolution of some of the most pressing global issues confronting humanity, such as climate change, cyber security, and even food and clean water issues around the world!

Build Your World

Mechanical engineering careers are rewarding; 89% of engineers are satisfied with their jobs and would pursue the same career path again. In the UK alone, there have been over 1.8 

million new job openings since 2020, and since there’s been a recent shortage of qualified engineers, this means higher salaries and more options for those who are qualified. The average starting salary for a graduate mechanical engineering job is £28,421. Sound good?

A mechanical engineering degree can take you down many different paths, as well as some interesting places. This includes working on oil rigs, in the desert, in the Antarctic, or even in the deep sea. Being a qualified mechanical engineer is like having a passport that allows you to work in a variety of industries and countries.

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Why Study at the University of Bolton

There are 141 universities in the UK; however, studying at Bolton is the best choice you can make, and here's why. Firstly, our supportive and friendly campus means that you will have access to smaller teaching groups, as well as the opportunity to work on live engineering projects. Our lecturers are experienced professionals and academics who are highly qualified and respected in their fields. This means at Bolton; we have the expertise to help you build your skillset and give you a great chance of securing a graduate mechanical engineering job once you complete your studies. These are reasons why we have been voted first in the Northwest for Student Satisfaction for the past four years*; our students love life at Bolton.

We offer you a supportive learning environment. As a mechanical engineering student, you will be working in our dedicated engineering laboratories, enabling you to gain regular practical experience using modern equipment and software.

If a mechanical engineering career sounds like the right path for you, click here to view our available courses in more detail. If you wish to speak to a member of our staff, you can give us a call at +44 (0)1204 900 600. We are happy to help answer any of your questions. Alternatively, you can send us an email at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk.

If you wish to visit our campus in person to see what #UniAsItShouldBe is all about, you can come and see us at our next available Open Day on June 18th.

*Complete University Guide- Northwest, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019

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