UGA Specific Information for Mechanical Engineering

Engineering is about creating new solutions to existing or future problems. Engineers are problem solvers who employ science, math, analysis and synthesis to design unique and practical solutions to everyday problems. They must accomplish this often under the constraints of time, budgets, and safety and health issues. Engineers also must be concerned about the environmental, political and social impact their answers will create. The mechanical engineering discipline applies the principles of physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the production and usage of heat and mechanical power for the design, production, and operation of machines and tools.

Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Mechanical Engineering*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers-UGA Chapter
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers-UGA Chapter
  • American Society of Civil Engineers-UGA Chapter
  • Engineers Without Borders-UGA Chapter
  • The Society of Environmental Engineers at UGA
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)-UGA Chapter
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UGA
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • The National Society of Black Engineers

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Preparing Early for the Job Market: Tips for Getting a Jumpstart on your Career

There are many things that you can do throughout college to help prepare you for the professional world. Below are a few tips to get you started. 

Staying Professional throughout Your College Career:

  • Carefully choose your e-mail address. You will use your e-mail to communicate with many people throughout your college career—friends, professors, advisors, potential employers, and more. It is important to have an e-mail address appropriate for all situations.
  • Have at least one suit. There may be times in your college career where professional business attire will be required, such as job interviews, career fairs, and class presentations.
  • Gain practical experience inside the classroom. Courses that offer tips in résumé writing and interviewing skills will help you tremendously when beginning the job search or graduate admissions processes.
  • Look for possible work experience and/or internship opportunities. This can be one of the best ways to gain work experience before you graduate and enter the field.
  • Find a balance in extracurricular activities. Activities outside the classroom can offer students a variety of options for participation; from volunteer organizations and Greek life to athletics, clubs, and professional organizations, students can meet new people and become involved on campus.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly. Even if you have a specific reason for meeting, it is important to develop a relationship with your advisor. He or she can help you decide which courses and career paths are right for you. 

Tips for Beginning the Job Search and Interviewing Process: 

  • Always have your résumé up to date. Even if you’re not actively searching for a job yet, you never know when an unexpected opportunity may arise.
  • Start to build a portfolio of your work. Whether you have examples of classroom projects, samples of work from an internship or co-op, or an assortment of both, many prospective employers like to see the type experience that you’ve had and the quality of work you can do.
  • Get letters of recommendation before you graduate. If graduate school is a possibility for your future or you feel that a recommendation from a faculty member could increase your chances of getting a job, try to get a letter of recommendation before you graduate. Some schools will even keep them on file for you for future use.
  • Use the career service centers that are available on campus. Career centers offer services such as career advising, practice interviews, résumé critiques, and much more.
  • Attend job fairs. Many colleges and universities offer job fairs that bring representatives from businesses and organizations across the United States. Job fairs can be a great place to make new contacts and talk to others who work in your field.
  • Make the most of alumni/faculty contacts. Sometimes the best way to get your foot in the door is through people you know. Some schools even provide graduates with an alumni network to help them get started in their careers.
  • Take the time to really look at the jobs or graduate programs to which you are applying. Avoid blindly applying to jobs and programs without knowledge of the company or school—you don’t want to be caught off guard if the employer or school representative calls you to discuss a position or program. Being able to ask questions and engage in a discussion will increase your marketability.

*Taken from CollegeView

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Employment Websites

Professional Associations/Resources

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Accurus Aerospace Quality Engineer
Advanced Vessel & Alloy Project Manager
AECOM Entry Level Mechanical Engineer
Allsource Delta Airlines Aerospace Engineer
AmeriQual Group, LLC Process Engineer
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Trainee
Armentrout Matheny Thurmond PC Engineer in Training
Barco Regional Sales and Service
Batchelor and Kimball Assistant Project Manager
Birchwood Foods Maintenance Engineering Intern
Burns & McDonnell Assistant Mechanical Engineer
C2H Air and Electric Assistant Project Manager
Carrier Application Engineer
Carrier Corporation Quality Engineer
DaVita Kidney Care Biomedical Equipment Technician
Delta Air Lines Aerospace Engineer
DLB Associates Engineer I
DPR Construction Project Engineer
Engineered Tower Solutions, PLLC Field Engineer I
GE Power Edison Engineer, Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineer
Georgia National Guard Not Specified
Georgia Power Distribution Engineer, Lighting Design Analyst
Gilbane Building Co. Superintendent I
Gulfstream Aerospace Mechanical Engineer I
Hargrove Engineers , Constructors Mechanical Engineer
Honeywell Mechanical Engineer
Hyundai Quality Engineer
IMI Industrial Services Group Junior Engineer
International Paper REACH Mechanical Engineer
J.R. Hobbs Co. Project Engineer
Jordan & Skala Engineers Mechanical Designer, Plumbing Designer
Karcher North America Engineer Technician
Kazmier & Associates, Inc. Territory Manager
KIC Field Service Engineer
Kiewit Field/Office Engineer
Kubota Manufacturing of America Design Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Support Engineer
Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer Associate, Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer Associate, Spacecraft/Satellite Flight Operations Junior TS/SCI
Manitou Pontoon Boats Mechanical Engineer
Mercedes-Benz USA Fleet Strategic Analyst
Mock Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc. Assistant Project Manager
NCR Corporation Quality, Reliability, and Test Engineer
Newcomb & Boyd HIVAC Design Engineer, Mechanical Engineer
Niagara Bottling Manufacturing Development Program
Notora RF Engineer I
Novelis Mechanical Engineer
Packaging Corporation of America Reliability Engineer
PEG Residential Mechanical Designer
PENTA Engineering Group, Inc. Engineering Intern
PepsiCo Quality Control Engineer
Pond & Company Corrosion Engineer
Price Industries Process Engineer
Robins Air Force Base Mechanical Engineer, Not Specified
Roper Pump Co New Product Development Engineer
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Associate Engineer, Entry Level Engineer, Mechanical Engineer
Scuf Gaming Social Media Manager
Shaw Industries OMT Trainee
Siemens Systems Design Engineer
Solvay Researcher
Southwest Research Institute Aerospace Structures Engineer
Steffl Machine & Tool Inc. Design Engineer
Strictly Mechanical Project Manager
Textron Associate Manufacturing Engineer, Quality Engineer, Quality Engineer 1
The Carlstar Group Quality Engineer
Tory Birch Operations Analyst
Turner Construction Company Field Engineer
Tyson Foods Process Engineer
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Sysems, Inc. AIT Engineer
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Mechanical Engineer
U.S. Navy Instructor
University of Georgia Extension Educator
Utegration Associate Consultant
Walton Electric Membership Corp. Project Engineer
Weston Solutions, Inc. Engineering Associate
Wood Group Energy Engineer
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.


Graduate School Program(s)
Gwinnett Technical College Computer Programming, Not Specified
Purdue University Mechanical Engineering, Not Specified
Texas A&M University Industrial Engineering, Not Specified
University of Georgia Business Administration (STEM MBA Program), MBA; Engineering, MS; Mechanical Engineering, MS
* denotes no responses received.