15 Job opportunities to look forward to after graduating as a mechanical engineer

15 Job opportunities to look forward to after graduating as a mechanical engineer

15 Job opportunities to look forward to after graduating as a mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineering is the stream that utilises physics, mathematics, material science principles and engineering laws to analyze, maintain and design various mechanical systems. With it, one can design, produce and even operate multiple machines. Being computer literate and numerate, mechanical engineers are capable of various well-suited jobs across management, finance, construction and others.

Here are some of the job options that are directly and indirectly related to Mechanical engineering

Aerospace Engineer : An aerospace job will land you in international companies with work related to cutting-edge technologies. From designing, developing, maintaining, researching aircraft, missiles, weapon systems to satellites, space vehicles and many others, mechanical engineers will have an extensive candidature in the aerospace field. Some of the aerospace companies to aim for after completing mechanical engineering are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and others. The average annual salary for mechanical engineers as an aerospace engineer in the US is between $73,422. The average salary for an aerospace engineer is around Rs 813,088 per year in India.

Automotive Engineer : A mechanical engineer will generate, design, research and develop various vehicles such as trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes and others and work on their engineering systems. Tesla, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, McLaren are some of the top automotive companies where you can get a job as an automotive engineer post mechanical engineering graduation. While the average package for automotive engineers in India is around Rs 549,386 per year, the US mechanical engineer in the automotive sector earns $84,199 per year.

CAD Technician : A mechanical engineering pass out can also work as a computer-aided design (CAD) technician in companies, who will use their, mathematical, IT, engineering and other knowledge to design, build machines, parts, products and buildings. The top CAD companies, which are leading the global CAD market, are Dassault Systèmes, PTC, Siemens PLM Software, Encore, BricsCAD and others. The average annual salary for CAD technicians in the US is around $69,411. In India, the average salary for a CAD Engineer is Rs 3, 97,018 per year.

Civil Engineers : After becoming a graduate in mechanical engineering, one can pursue civil engineering as a career and offer structured progression and professional status to the production of buildings, dams, canals, highways, transportation, railway, powerhouses, tunnels and others. As per the analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau, the civil engineers are $87,130 in the US. On the other hand, the average civil engineer salary in India is Rs 314,615 per year. Some of the top companies in this sector are Arup, Stantec, Mott McDonald, Skanska, Vinci, Akme Projects Ltd, Afcons Infrastructure Limited, Punj Lloyd and others.

Control and Instrumentation (C&I) Engineer : C&I engineers look towards developing, designing, managing, maintaining and installing of equipment, which is involved in monitoring and controlling engineering processes, machinery and systems. Some of the top control and instrumentation engineering companies in India are Larsen & Toubro, ABB, National Instruments, Bosch, Suzlon and others. In this sector, you can earn up to Rs 409,324 annually in India as an Instrumentation and Control engineer after completing mechanical engineering.

Maintenance Engineer : Pursue a career as a maintenance engineer after finishing your mechanical engineering course. You will be responsible for the smooth functioning of equipment and machinery. More or less almost every company needs mechanical engineers, and their average annual salary ranges up to $75,678 per year in the US. And the average salary for a maintenance engineer is around Rs 309,480 per year in India.

Nuclear Engineer : The nuclear industry allows all types of engineers, including mechanical engineers. Working with a cutting-edge technology with high job security and advancement scopes, a nuclear engineer will be responsible for building, running, designing and decommissioning nuclear power stations. The average salary for a nuclear engineer is around Rs 982,635 per year in India. Meanwhile, a top-level nuclear engineer earns almost around $157,917 annually in the US. The top global companies to pursue if you want to be a nuclear engineer after completing mechanical engineering are Ontario Generation Company, ENEL, Urenco, Siemens Healthineers, Orano, Rosatom, Arizona Public Service Company.

Acoustic Consultant : Become an acoustic consultant after becoming a mechanical engineering graduate. You will be providing noise, vibrations and acoustics services like noise assessments, acoustic design advice and others in the field of seismology, mobile developers, concert hall designers and others. Arup, WSP, Atkins are some of the largest multinational companies that deal with environmental acoustics as well as building acoustics. The average salary for an acoustic engineer is around Rs 395,680 per year in India. On the other hand, the average annual salary for an acoustic engineer in the US is $103,985.

Clinical Technologists : As clinical technologists, you will look after technologies and equipment that are used to treat and diagnose patients in clinics, hospitals and other medical settings to ensure safety and maintenance quality. The leading medical device companies who hire medical technologists are Medtronic, DePuy Synthes, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Philips, GE Healthcare, Seimens Healthineers, Abbott and others. A clinical technologist's average annual salary ranges up to $50,654 per year in the US. The average initial salary for a clinical technologist is around Rs 21,220 per month in India.

Agriculture Engineer : Through technical and scientific knowledge, a mechanical engineer can become a land-based engineer and solve agricultural and horticultural problems. The top agribusiness companies across the world are BASF, Bayer AG, Syngenta AG, CNH Industrial NV, DowDuPont, Deere & Company and others. The average salary for agriculture engineer in the US ranges from $46,500 to $116,850 per year. The average initial salary for an agriculture engineer varies from Rs 2.5-4.5 lakh per year in India.

Mining Engineering : With the application of ranged science and technology skill set, a mechanical engineer can become a mining engineer to extract minerals from the earth. Mining engineers in the US earn an average salary of $84,473 per year. The average salary for a Mining Engineer is Rs 29,216 per month in India. The top mining companies you can pursue to become a mining engineer after graduating as a mechanical engineer are Fresnillo, BHP, Rio Tinto, China Shenhua Energy, Coal India and others.

Patent Attorney : As a mechanical engineer, you can also choose a career as a patent attorney. With a scientific background and interest in law, you will be responsible to assess the authenticity of the invention and whether they are eligible to be patented or not. Some of the most reputed patent law firms are Oblon Mcclelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P., Sughrue Mion, PLC, Oliff PLC, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP and others. The average salary of a patent attorney in India is around Rs 783,734 per year. On the other hand, the average salary for a patent attorney in the US is $179,121 per year.

Production Manager : If you are interested in working in the manufacturing industry and lead teams then become a production manager after finishing graduations as a mechanical engineer. Some of the best companies who hire mechanical engineers as production managers are Satyam Ventures, Larsen & Toubro, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hyundai, Ashok Leyland, Godrej, Tata Power, Suzuki and others. The estimated average annual salary for production engineers in the US is $81,222. In India, the production manager with an experience of 1-4 years can expect a salary of around Rs 443,582 per annum.

Technical Sales Engineer : If you have a combination of communication, sales and science and engineering skills then you have the good prospects of becoming a technical sales engineer after completing a mechanical engineering course. Technical mechanical sales engineers are hired by MNCs like Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe, Google, IBM, Apple, Cisco and others. The average annual salary for a technical sales engineer is around Rs 4, 82,405 in India, while in the US, it is around $79,213 per year.

Environmental Engineer : This career involves solving problems of global warming, water and waste management and others. With a mechanical engineering degree, you will be well able to contribute to the growth and enhancement of the environment with this position. Some of the top companies for environmental engineers to work for are AECOM Technology Corporation, CH2M, Jacobs Engineering Group, HDR, Inc., and others. The median annual wage for environmental engineers in the US is around $87,620. Meanwhile, a licensed environmental engineer can earn a salary of around Rs 1 lakh per month.


While these are the various sectors and positions where a mechanical engineer can benefit his/her career, don't forget many employers accept applications from graduates from any degrees. So it is better to not restrict your search to these few and look beyond.