The Essential Guide to Engineering: Is Mechanical Engineering Right For Me?

The Essential Guide to Engineering: Is Mechanical Engineering Right For Me?

Categories: Programmes, Universities


Are you fascinated by systems and mechanisms that get satellites into space? Do you want to use your imagination and create animatronic figures for Walt Disney World? Or perhaps you are curious about the advanced technology that improves human health and saves lives.

If science, maths and physics excite you and you want to know how things work, then getting a Mechanical Engineering degree might be right for you.

What types of Engineering disciplines can you study at university?

In this article, we focus on Mechanical Engineering, but Engineering professions usually fall under four main disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Our Engineering Foundation Programme can prepare you for any of those, and give you guaranteed admission into one of 17 universities located in the UK or Australia.

Some other examples of Engineering disciplines are Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Environmental Engineering, to name a few.

Why is Mechanical Engineering so important?

Mechanical Engineering combines mathematical principles with physics, science and technology. The ultimate goal is to manufacture mechanical systems that can help with research and new developments or even save human lives. Sounds important, right? Well, because it is.

Mechanical Engineering is paramount in today’s world. Without Mechanical Engineering, we wouldn’t be able to use elevators, escalators, engines, refrigerators, air-conditioners and other objects with mechanical systems and technologies including cars and aeroplanes, for instance.

What are some exciting examples of Mechanical Engineering projects?

In the automotive industry, Mechanical Engineers design mechanisms and systems for every moving vehicle, from large coaches to F1 cars.

Fun fact: How do different types of engineers collaborate?

NASA’s Mechanical Engineers work with Aerospace Engineers, and together they develop steering mechanisms on the rocket nozzles used in spacecraft.

Other Mechanical Engineers can work in biomedical fields and design and manage the production of life-saving medical equipment such as artificial limbs or pacemakers.

How about Microsoft? This well known company is flush with Mechanical Engineers who help design and make Microsoft’s computer hardware systems. Sounds like something you’d enjoy? Keep reading; you’re off to a good start!


Discover top industries for Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical Engineers can now design and make even more sophisticated products due to digitisation and big data transformation. They can find lucrative career opportunities within modern and innovative companies that follow trends and try new ideas all the time.

The main industries Mechanical Engineers work in include scientific research in nanotechnology and biomedical engineering, computer and electronic product manufacturing, and transportation equipment manufacturing.

Career opportunities for UK graduates in Mechanical Engineering

The demand for Mechanical Engineers in the UK is increasing, and according to, the average Mechanical Engineer annual salary is £40,473 - this varies based on expertise and location.

ARUP is a good example of a large company hiring Engineers in the UK. With 16,000 specialists working across 90+ disciplines, ARUP offers rewarding future career opportunities for Mechanical Engineers. Their offices are located in multiple UK locations, including London. Some of their important projects in the healthcare industry focus on building cancer treatment centres that are as sustainable as they are life-saving.

UK employers advertise jobs on, which is a popular and well-established platform that attracts 250 million monthly visitors. The UK has many international communities, so as a foreign worker you'll be in good company.

In order to work in the UK, you need to check to see what type of work visa you are eligible for depending on your nationality and student status.

A Graduate Visa lets you stay in the UK for two years after completing your course.

A Skilled-Worker Visa allows you to stay and work in the UK up to five years, after which you can apply for permanent settlement.

What does it take to become a successful Mechanical Engineer?

You can become a Mechanical Engineer by taking dedicated college courses and gaining a university degree. If you are not ready to start a university course, then you are a great match for our University Pathway Programme which has a specialised track for future Engineers.

SCL’s Engineering Foundation Programme consists of modules and project work that help build confidence and knowledge in all aspects of engineering including civil, mechanical, electrical and electronic, chemical and petroleum.

And guess what? We offer guaranteed admission to at least one of 17 British or Australian universities thanks to our partnership with the International Foundation Group.

We also offer a fast-track programme option for our Engineering Programme; starting in January each year.

Would you like to learn more about the Engineering programme and its modules? Apply now for our Engineering Pathway Programme, or book a FREE discovery call with us by sending us an email at or using the button below.

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