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 2022 Career Outcomes for Mechanical Engineering*

** Includes Self-Employed


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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations

Potential Career Paths in Mechanical Engineering

  • Automotive Engineer: Develop new or improved designs for vehicle structural members, engine, transmissions, or other vehicles systems by using computer-assisted design technology. Direct building, modification, or testing of vehicle or components. 

  • Biomedical Engineer: Bridge the medical engineering disciplines by providing an overall enhancement of healthcare. Design and build innovative designs (artificial limbs and organs, new-generation imaging machines, advanced prosthetics, and more) and improve processes for genomic testing, or making and administering drugs.  

    Key focus areas include: biomedical electronics, biomechatronics, bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, biomechanics, bionics, cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering, clinical engineering, medical imaging, orthopaedic bioengineering, rehabilitation engineering, systems physiology, bionanotechnology, neural engineering 

  • Energy Engineer: Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement. 

  • Manufacturing Engineer: Design, integrate, or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase producibility and decrease costs. 

  • Product Design Engineer: Research and develop day-to-day products and improve the performance of already-existing products. 

  • Robotics Engineer: Research, design, develop, or test robotic applications. Review or approve designs, calculations, or cost estimates. 

  • Mechatronics Engineer: Research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control. 

  • Aerospace Engineer: Design, construct, and test aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques. 

  • Nuclear Engineer: Conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal. 

  • Marine Engineer/Naval Architect: Design, develop, and evaluate the operation of marine vessels, ship machinery, and related equipment, such as power supply and propulsion systems. 

  • Distribution Engineer: Design and coordinate maintenance of electrical utilities and associated power distribution systems. Perform inspections, performance evaluations, troubleshooting and sunsetting of systems. 

Additional Job Titles: Distribution Engineer, Quality Specialist, Transmission & Distribution Line Designer & Estimator, Propulsion Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer Associate, Industrial Engineer, Drilling Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Office Engineer, Aircraft Maintenance Support Engineer, SCADA Engineer

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  • Specialized - Check out Idealist for jobs in the Nonprofit sector and USAJobs for opportunities in the federal government

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MECHANICAL ENGINEER-FRIENDLY PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

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Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2022 Mechanical Engineering majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2022 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 Corporation Quality Engineer I
Accurus Aerospace Corporation Manufacturing Engineer
AccuTec, Inc. Mechanical Design Engineer
Advanced Control Solutions Project Engineer
AECOM Fuelling Engineer
Alpine Armoring, Inc. Automotive Engineer
Alumni Hall Assistant Manager
American Medical Technologists (AMT) Engineer-in-Training
AT&T Network Engineer
AT&T Network Engineer and Technical Business Manager
Batchelor & Kimball, Inc. Assistant Project Manager
Becton Dickenson Associate Research and Development Engineer
Bio-Techne Field Services Engineer
Boehringer Ingelheim Scheduling Coordinator
Boeing Manufacturing Engineer
Carter Engineering Consultants, Inc. Design Engineer
Choice Equipment Company Industrial Engineer
Ciena Corporation Technical Sales Engineer
Code Ninjas Instructor
Confluence Outdoor Product Development Engineer
Control Concepts, LLC. Design Engineer
Cornerstone Design Mechanical Design Engineer
Crowe LLP Consultant
Deloitte Application and Program Analyst
DELTA |v| Forensic Engineering Inc. Associate Engineer
DELTA |v| Forensic Engineering Inc. Associate Engineer
Delta Air Lines Propulsion Engineer
Dorabot, Inc. System Support Engineer
Duracell Process Engineer
Enercon Services Mechanical Engineer
Enercon Services Distribution Engineer
Ernst & Young Capital Equipment Valuation
Evans General Contractors, LLC. Project Engineer
Fischer Homes Field Manager I
Fortna, Inc. LADR Analyst
GE Gas Power Edison Engineer
Georgia Army National Guard Soldier
Georgia Power P&C Test Engineer
Georgia Transmission Corporation Engineer I
GIW Industries, Inc. Engineering Co-Op
Gleeds Assistant Project Consultant
Herman Miller, Inc. Engineer
Hitachi Astemo, Ltd. Production Engineer
Honeywell International, Inc. Mechanical Design Engineer
Interfor Project Construction Manager
Jacobs Solutions Building Mechanical Engineer
Jacobs Solutions Windshear Test Engineer
John Deere Product Engineer - Engineering Development Program
Kautex Associate Manufacturing Engineer
KCI Technologies Engineer
KNAPP North America Subsystems Field Engineer I
KNAPP North America SCADA Engineer I
Kubota Manufacturing of America Quality Control Engineer
Kubota Manufacturing of America Quality Engineer
Kubota Manufacturing of America Quality Arts Engineer
Lockheed Martin Aircraft Maintenance Support Engineer
Lockheed Martin Manufacturing Engineer
Lockheed Martin Manufacturing Engineer
Mahle Powertrain Engineer
McKenney's, Inc. Project Engineer
McKenney's, Inc. Logistics & Manufacturing Co-Op
Mechanical Engineer Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Entry Level Engineer
Method Engineering Group Mechanical Designer
Newcomb & Boyd, LLP Mechanical Engineer
Newcomb & Boyd, LLP Mechanical Engineer
Newcomb and Boyd Mechanical Engineer
Nixon Power Services Assistant Project Manager
Norfolk Southern Mechanical Engineering Supervisor Trainee
One3 Design Engineer
Origami Risk Business Systems Analyst
Peter Basso Associates Inc. Mechanical Engineer I
Power Grid Engineering Field Relay Engineer ll
RaceTrac Engineering Analyst
Roberts Civil Engineering Project Engineer
S&ME, Inc. Mechanical Engineer
Salas O'Brien Mechanical Designer
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC Entry Level Engineer
SK Battery America Cell Assembly Production Engineer
SMI Composites Product Manger/Production Engineer
Southeast Innovation Institute Project Manager Consultant
Southwire Company Mechanical Engineer I
Takeda Pharmaceuticals Production Engineer
Tetra Tech Rooney Mechanical Engineer
Textron Leadership Development Program
Textron Manufacturing Engineer
TLC Engineering Solutions Graduate Energy Engineer
Toyota Industries Corporation Production Engineer
Toyota Industries Corporation Production Engineer I
Triad Consulting Solutions, LLC Engineering Project Manager
United States Air Force 2nd Lieutenant
US Air Force Officer
US Air Force Mechanical Engineer
Valve Solutions, Inc. Project Engineer
Walt Disney World Resort Watercraft Cast Intern
Z1 Motorsports Quality 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 2022 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/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2022 Mechanical Engineering majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2022 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Georgia Institute of Technology Data Science and Analytics, MS
Johns Hopkins University Engineering, Not Specified
Montreat College Not Specified, MBA
University of Georgia Not Specified
University of Georgia Business Administration, MBA
University of Georgia Business Administration, MBA
University of Georgia Business Administration, MBA
University of Georgia Business Administration, MBA
University of Georgia Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Stem-Business Administration, MBA
University of Georgia Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Engineering, MS
University of Georgia Engineering, PhD
University of Georgia Engineering with Emphasis in Mechanical Engineering, Master's
University of Georgia Mechanical Engineering, Master's
University of Georgia Mechanical Engineering, PhD
University of Georgia Environmental Engineering, MS
University of Maryland - College Park Not Specified
* denotes no responses received.